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This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, and we take ourselves back to biblical times and try to capture the emotions of the disciples, of those who were following, of those who were listening.

They had heard the crowds shout, “Crucify him!”, they had watched Jesus suffer and die, they had been in despair and then they experienced the joy of the resurrection. The day of ascension must have been wondrous and sad. Seeing Christ disappear from sight and in His place there’s another promise – God’s Spirit will come.

And they waited. For ten days they waited and all of a sudden God’s Spirit not only came upon them but moved from within them.

When the Holy Spirit entered the disciples, other people heard and they saw – they saw how the disciples behaved; they saw how the members of the early Church cared for one another; how they looked after the poor and needy. And so as we talk about Christ, as we profess Christ, it’s about more than just using the right words. It’s about following Christ.

Pentecost is not passive, it’s active. We cannot sit back and wait for the Holy Spirit to be active in the Church … the Spirit is already active in the Church. On the day of Pentecost the disciples were “all” filled with the Holy Spirit and they began to talk as the Spirit enabled them to speak.

At Pentecost we have a wonderful opportunity to examine how God might want to use us and how the Spirit might enable us.

God Bless,

(As Mark is still on holiday we would like to thank Rev Dr Shaw Paterson, Moderator Designate of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland, for his thoughts on the Day of Pentecost.)

– Rev Mark Smith, Dunscore Parish Church

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When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment.

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WEEKLY PRAYER


Living God, thank You for the surpassing greatness of Your power to us who believe.

Because You came to dwell in us on Pentecost, we have Your mighty strength with which You raised Christ from the dead.

Strengthen us in our inner being, so that we can know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and be filled with all the fullness of God.

Amen.

Prayer theme: Thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

ECO SNIPPET

Minimise packaging
Look for loose fruit and vegetables, and take your own containers to shops and markets. If you are buying packaged food look at where the product comes from and try to choose the more local option – oat milk from Scotland will have a lower carbon footprint than almond milk from California, even if they have the same packaging.

The most recyclable plastics are PET, found in drinks bottles and fruit punnets, and HDPE, in milk bottles and cereal box liners; so if you can’t avoid it, go for these, then reuse or recycle what you can.