DAY 74: Sunday 31 May
Good morning all
Today marks Pentecost Sunday – the coming of the Holy Spirit – the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise to his disciples and followers before he returned to Heaven.
We are today in a not dissimilar situation – unsure what is going to happen next and reluctant to make any plans for the future. We don’t know when and how church services will recommence, how we will be able to gather together, will it be in only limited numbers at a time? Will we be able to sing together, share communion and do all the things we have become so used to over the years, and possibly just taken for granted?
We are rather stuck in limbo not knowing what is going to happen. But let’s not be disheartened but wait on the Lord. We do not know what form our church will take in the future, but we should expect that God is using this time to re-equip His people for the future. To use recent terminology we as church members have been ‘furloughed’ but be assured, the time is coming when we will once again be serving and meeting and sharing and worshipping, and I also believe, will be reaching out to many others.
Acts 2:1-4 - When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
Had we been holding a normal service today we would have been welcoming for the first time to Falcon Lodge Chapel, Ciaran’s brother in law, Oliver Sims, who leads a thriving church in Yorkshire. Hopefully there will be other opportunities in the future to invite Oliver to speak at our church.
Instead, Ciaran has recorded a message for our virtual service today which is entitled ‘Walking in the fullness of God’ based on Ephesians 5:14-21. I’ve added a couple of songs at the beginning and the end and the whole service lasts 42 minutes >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/main/virtualchurchservices/21600502
Ciaran has also asked to share his Amazon Author and his new YouTube playlist pages.
On the Amazon Author Page you can purchase his three books either in eBook or conventional paper book formats. >>> https://www.amazon.co.uk/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B07B8K27G3?_encoding=UTF8&node=492564011&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-sidecar-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader
On Ciaran’s YouTube Channel he has also recorded readings from the Bible and poetry from his first book - Gospel Poetry >>> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1S00-s5TA3eqmQFDyfs4TA/playlists
Vera was in considerable pain on Friday evening and ended up being ambulanced to Good Hope where she is now feeling more comfortable. We now understand she had an infection which had been causing her problems for the past 2 weeks.
GIVE THANKS: (from Linda Lord)
I used to hurry here and there and run to catch a bus
I used to worry such a lot and often fret and fuss.
But now I've time to stand and stare and watch the flowers grow,
To listen to the small birds sing as seasons come and go.
Sometimes I stay in bed quite late, I've time to stroll, not run,
I find new blessings every day and count them every one.
I've many joys to share with friends, too numerous to tell,
I see the sunset, watch the stars, and know that all is well.
So there are compensations now, though quickly years depart,
the secret is to know the Saviour and always be young at heart.