“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them…”
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:4, 21
A month from now and 50 days after Easter (June 5), we will celebrate Pentecost. In the New Testament, on the festival of Pentecost in Jerusalem, the apostles were filled with the Spirit of God and given the ability to speak in different languages for the purpose of giving all the people the same message - Jesus Christ is Lord!
So, what are we saying with our words and actions? Are we lifting up our own name, tooting our own horn, and looking out for #1? Or are we lifting up the name of Jesus, knowing that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved?” The gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is a gift to be used with power and purpose by the church. Not by our power and for our own purposes, but by the power only our Lord can give, and for His purposes alone. I want to share with you the conclusion of a Pentecost sermon I preached in recent years - it went by the same title as this article:
When God sends forth His Spirit amazing things happen:
Barriers are broken - communities are formed - opposites are reconciled - unity is established - disease is cured - addiction is broken - cities are renewed - races are reconciled - hope is established - people are blessed - and church happens! Today the Spirit of God is present and we’re gonna have church! So be ready...get ready...God is up to something…So, discouraged folks, cheer up - dishonest folks, ‘fess up - sour folks, sweeten up - closed folk, open up - gossipers, shut up - conflicted folks, make up - sleeping folks, wake up - lukewarm folks, fire up - dry bones, shake up - and pew potatoes, stand up! But, most of all LIFT UP Jesus as Savior, everywhere and to everyone!
What are you saying? Do the words that you use and the things that you do say, “It’s all about me,” or “IT’S ALL ABOUT HIM?” May we always lift up the name of Jesus!
BUT, I also need to say something else this month: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Carol Kietzman for her 20+ years of service to the Mount Olive church family as a member of our staff both for our church and our pre-school. She has held many positions and left a positive impact upon many of all ages! Her last day and event here will be the Youth & Family Picnic held on May 25. Please check in this newsletter for more information on that event.
As a congregation and staff, we have several ways we want to say THANK YOU to Carol for her faithful service to our Lord and our church. One way we want to do that, is by inviting you to bring a card and/or gift to thank Carol for the impact she has had in your family and our church. A basket will be located on the Welcome Desk to receive your cards, for four weeks in May (May 1, 8, 15 & 22). We will also include Carol in our congregation prayers in services on May 21/22.
Thanks Carol!! We pray for God’s rich blessing in your future endeavors.