Learning a New Language
This Sunday we continue our journey through the Acts of the Apostles and arrive at Pentecost Sunday! This day is the celebration of the birth of the church. We are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of The United Methodist Church. Please be sure to wear your favorite reds, oranges or yellows to represent the flames of the spirit. You might have noticed that the symbol for our denomination also includes that flame of the Spirit.
Pentecost as well as our United Methodist Church remind us that the work of the Holy Spirit cannot be confined to a certain place, time or people. It invades our lives and our comfort zones to push us toward inclusion and care for others. This has been the underlying message of the entire book of Acts and it is the message that underlies who we are as the church. But it also means that we must find ways to communicate with each other that are sometimes different than what we have been accustomed to. We might need to spend time LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE.
Our current society and especially in our media presentations would tell us that we should be monolithic, thinking, doing and speaking one language. But our passage from chapter 2 reminds us that the early believers struggled with this same issue. But, the work of the Holy Spirit says otherwise!!! So, what do we do? Where, when, how do we learn this new way of communicating with a new language? Let’s see if we can find some ways to do that on Sunday. Join us at 9 or 10:30 a.m.. ALL are welcome!
Also, please be reminded that we have shared our space with the Irshad Muslim Prayer Ministry for several years. This is the season of Ramadan, a high and holy time of year for them. As you move in and out of the building today and throughout the next couple of weeks, let us be respectful of their presence among us. I recommend this article to you for reference from Time: http://time.com/5275786/ramadan-mubarak-greeting-date.
"The message of God's love, and our need to share it, remains unchanged. Our language of love should be open to sharing in different ways and different places. Keeping the message and intent of God's love first will help us to not be lost in translation!" - Anonymous
"'Each of us have learned to speak and hear our own language differently.' But, we all have to work on our daily understanding of 'God is Love and our responsibility is to share that Love with the rest of the world.' If we remember this message and work on it the world would be transformed!
Think less. . . . . . Love More Worry less. . . . . . Love More
Control less . . . .Love More Judge less. . . . . . .Love More" - Karen M.