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pentecost_dove_by_dancan2-d8ncf61According to the Book of Acts in the New Testament, Jesus had ascended after his resurrection to heaven but had also promised followers he would send a companion or advocate in his place. His promise became real on the Jewish holiday of Pentecost when first century Jews from around the Mediterranean gathered in Jerusalem to observe an ancient holy day. On that very occasion, the Holy Spirit came among the disciples like “wind and fire,” propelling them into the city streets to share their faith.

Jesus’ disciple Peter preached a great message that outlined how Jesus was the messiah the people of God had long been waiting for. Further, he said, although they missed the boat when he was here they could still trust their lives to the power of  his Spirit. Thousands were inspired to say, “yes!” to this offer, and the the Christian Church, powered by the Holy Spirit, took root and grew! This coming Sunday, May 20, we will celebrate the birth of this international community of faith that today numbers in the billions.

Pastor Mark, in his message, “May the Force Be with You!” asks the provocative questions, “What force shapes your life? What are the influences that have guided you to where you are today? Are you discovering all you had hoped for? Do you have ‘The Force?'” Join us for our joyful ecclesiastical “birthday party” this Sunday at 10 am, and make sure to wear something red!

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