Pentecost Sunday is a commemoration and celebration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early Church. Tom Jones led our worship on this Pentecost Sunday morning, and reminded us that although we were remembering an event which happened over 2000 years ago, the same thing still happens today as God sends His Holy Spirit to help each and everyone of us.
Toms’ son, also called Tom, read the Scripture reading, It was the first time he had done this publicly but he amazed everyone present in the meeting, Tom (junior) is only 7 years old but read with accuracy and great expression. Tom also had his debut in the ‘Learners Band’ when they played later in the meeting. Well done Tom! (and of course all the other ‘learners’).
We also had a ‘visitor’ who entered the hall on their bike, fully laden and packed ready for a holiday. It was of course Katie Jones who came to demonstrate the meaning of Pentecost in a visual form. Katie continued to unpack the bike and revealed a small tent, a map, repair kit and first aid kit a French phrase book, a cooking stove, a book (101 kitchens) and various other bits and bobs. Some of the younger members of the congregation helped Katie relate the items she had in her bags to the story of Pentecost using Bible quotes. There was a real treat for one member of the band when Katie cooked him a bacon sandwich.
Tom spoke on how we need to ask the Holy Spirit to give us the ‘tools’ to equip up for our daily lives and the task of spreading the word of God. As Tom mentioned the kind of things we might ask for. Power, peace, gift of communicating, rest, direction, etc., Katie laid items she had brought into the hall earlier in her bike bags on the mercy seat to demonstrate that we must lay each need before God.
Thank you Tom, Katie and your lovely family for a refreshing and thought-provoking meeting and for all the preparation that went into it.