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Discovering God's Kingdom – Growing the Church

Monday 1 June

Yesterday was Pentecost or Whit Sunday when we are reminded that the Holy Spirit came upon the Disciples of the Risen Christ (Acts 2.1-4) and we rejoice in that as Christians, because of what Jesus and also the OT Prophets especially Isaiah promised. Isaiah promised that first would be the Jews and then the Gentiles which are us, as Christians who over the centuries have been baptised in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and therefore have the Spirit of God dwelling in us as believers.

The wind of the Spirit, when it comes, does not need directions of where to go like we do. The Spirit of God goes as it does like the wind in any direction and changes people it touches forever. It is rather like going up in a balloon for it goes where the wind takes it.

A couple of days ago my wife and I were out in the car and were going to go to Plymouth Hoe as we haven’t been there since lockdown started in March. Later on, we planned that we would pass the home of our son Guy and daughter-in-law in Elburton.  We wanted to pay them a flying visit and talk over the fence keeping our 2 metre distance.  The Holy Spirit within me however, guided me and Catherine to go to Elburton first, and we had a wonderful time of fellowship just talking over the fence and admiring the view around us. After 1hr 45mins we went on our way back home calling, as you can guess, via Plymouth Hoe where there were plenty of people about.

We see the Holy Spirit at work whether on land and sea and in the air. There are many changes happening today. Some changes we like and some we don’t, like those that restrict our movements. Change is happening around the world too, for with humanity everything changes but God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow for which we give thanks. This brings to mind 2 hymns on the above.  First this ancient hymn Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, and lighten with celestial fire, thou the anointing spirit art, who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.  The second is Through all the Changing scenes of life, in trouble and in joy, the praises of my God shall still my heart and tongue employ.  This hymn sums up my feeling, my faith and belief that through all our troubles God will guide us through them with His Holy Spirit.  For Mother Julian of Norwich says. God is Love and all things shall be well, and so shall it be. Amen  

Some Celtic Art & Prayers for Pentecost from Lindisfarne

Spirit of our Living God,
May Your fire revive us,
Spirit of our Loving God,
May Your blessing embrace us,
Spirit of our Gentle God,
May Your mercy enfold us,
Spirit of our mighty God,
May Your wisdom inspire us. Amen

Let us pray that the Spirit of God makes itself known to each of us this Pentecost,
and that you will walk in knowledge and power. That you feel the blessing of God, Father, Son and Spirit.


Brenton Blandford