"The Coming of the Holy Spirit"
2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God."
When the disciples were baptized, they were baptized by John the Baptist. He didn't baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not been revealed yet. They were baptized with a "baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." So they still had to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
That's what happened at Pentecost. The flames of fire on the head of each of them was a reference to the Old Testament when the Israelites knew that God was present by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night. The speaking in other languages was a reference to the tower of Babel and a sort of reversing of that decision by the Holy Spirit.
as a baptized child off God in the name of the Father, Son, and HOLY SPIRIT, you don't need what happened at Pentecost. By virtue of the presence of faith in your life and the ability you have to forgive sins and share the good news of the Gospel, you know that the Holy Spirit lives in you. You don't need to speak in other languages, because the majority of people that live around you speak English. The flames of fire wouldn't make any sense to the modern human who never had the pillar of fire to show God's presence.
All you need is faith, pure, real, life giving, Jesus believing faith! Rejoice in your faith today! The Holy Spirit lives in you!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for living in me, for giving me faith, and for giving me the power to share the Gospel and the authority to forgive sins. Amen.
Wed- Little Lambs 4 Graduation 6pm; Choir practice 7pm
Thurs- Lutheranism 101 is postponed for the next two Thursdays. It will resume on May 26 at 7pm
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Kid's Sunday school 9:45; Voter's Meeting 9:45; Worship 11
Acolyte- 8:30- John Pezold 11- Jacob Winn
Ushers- Charlie Figura, Jason Figura, Brett Nordwald, Erv Yoder
Altar- Set up- Don Hance; Clean Up- Sandy Robine
Elders- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Dave Winter; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Allan and Barb Dreyer; 11- Marv and Molly Hendershot
Lay Readers- Sat- Judy Koprowski 8:30- Jennifer Figura; 11- Stephanie Owenby
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Piano- Kathy Barrow
Projectionists: Sat- Kathy Fischer; 8:30- Dawn Sherman 11- Hannah Johnson
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: What is Zion? (I'll leave it up again since no one answered it yesterday.)
We have been blessed beyond measure in the United States haven't we? I want you to join me in making a global difference by releasing children from poverty through Christian education.
Instead of taking a week off and joining my fellow Lead a Child bikers who are riding the Fault Line across four states this year, I have decided to go solo and bike 1,000 miles locally and while on vacation by August 1 to raise funds for LeadaChild. Would you sponsor me so that I can raise funds to support this most worthy organization? In my opinion, there is no more worthy organization to support than LeadaChild!
LeadaChild provides educational assistance to over 26,000 children and shares the love of Jesus Christ with the students and their families! LeadaChild supports the poorest of the poor children through Christian education in the following countries:
Guatemala Chad Honduras Palestine Haiti Uganda
Gambia Ivory Coast El Salvador Nigeria Panama Nicaragua
Burma Ghana Chile Venezuela Bolivia Mexico
Liberia Uruguay Sri Lanka India Guinea Sierra Leone
Bangladesh Cambodia South Africa Togo Thailand
These students need your help to find a way out of poverty through Christian education and learn of the hope of Christ our Savior.
Please fill out your information below and send it with your check or donate online through the LeadaChild website: http://www.leadachild.org/bike
Every dollar makes a difference. Please give generously. Please remember all of the riders in your prayers! Thank you much for your support!
Biking For Kids Together,
Pastor Jeremy Klaustermeier
LeadaChild is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization and is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.