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We thank God for enabling us to start a new month; we pray it will be fruitful to all of us.
During Christmas we celebrate the birth of Christ, at Easter we celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ and at Pentecost when we celebrate the birth of the Church!  It would therefore be right today to say happy birthday Church! If you go back and read the Old Testament, you will discover that Pentecost was one of the Jewish feast days. Only they didn't call it Pentecost-that's the Greek name. The Jews called it the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks.

Pentecost Sunday is a commemoration and celebration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early church. John the Baptist prophesied of the first Pentecost when Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Mathew 3:11). Jesus confirmed this prophecy with the promise of the Holy Spirit to the disciples in John 14:26.

In Acts 1:3-8, Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit, from whom they would receive power to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. We read in Acts 2 that after Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the men returned to Jerusalem and joined together in prayer in an upper room. On the Day of Pentecost, just as promised, the sound of a violent wind filled the house and tongues of fire came to rest on each of them and all were filled with the Holy Spirit. They were given the power of communication, which Peter used to begin the ministry for which Jesus had prepared him. After the coming of the Holy Spirit, the disciples did not stay in the room basking in God’s glory but burst out to tell the world. This was the beginning of the church as we know it. From this; we gather a few important things that happened on Pentecost Sunday:

1. The Promise of the Father-the Holy Spirit was fulfilled. This is a reminder that God is not only a promise giver; but He is a God who honors that which He has promised his children.

2. The once fearful disciples received Power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. This enabled them to boldly witness for Christ, the result on that day was that about three thousand souls believed in the gospel (Acts 2:41). More and more people were added to the Church as the disciples witnessed about Christ-the Holy Spirit empowered them.

3. With the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost day, the Church was born. From a small group of disciples, about 120 (Acts 1:15) to the new believers who believed on that day, the Church of Christ grew and continues to grow. What started in Jerusalem has spread into the entire universe.

As we celebrate this important event in the calendar of the Church, let’s remember that the gift of the Holy Spirit is still available for us. May the Lord help us this day to be alert to His prompting; under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we are safe as a Nation even as we prepare for the general elections. Let’s depend on Him
Have a Spirit filled week. Pastoral Team