The Reverend Alvin Shrum, Pastor
Dear Family and Friends of St. Johannes!
Pentecost! It is a celebration of the presence of God’s Spirit in our lives and is the birthday of the Church!
Life has its seasons, and, while most of the transitions are in reality quite good, some of the changes we are forced to make are difficult and come upon us suddenly, with a force and fierceness that takes our breath away.
One the second Sunday of June (9th) we will celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. This is when God bestowed the gift of His Holy Spirit to all believers. But the season of Pentecost continues because Pentecost is the on-going work of His Spirit in us – every day of every season of the year!
In our worship services we hear God’s Word, receive assurance of forgiveness, and we receive powerful reminders of God’s presence in our lives. Through worship and prayer, we invite God into our lives to bring forgiveness, healing and hope.
The Good News is that God does not simply leave us alone, now that we’ve opened up to him. The Spirit calls us to continue to confront our sin, and find strength and grace to deal with those broken aspects of our lives.
Change is the work of the Holy Spirit. This why Jesus invites us to be open and truly honest with ourselves and our Heavenly Father. But our healing is generally not a simple and spontaneous removal of a symptom of a deeper problem. It would be like a patient with a brain tumor taking an aspirin to get rid of the headache and thinking he/she is cured. No, what we really should want, what we really need from God is true healing of heart, mind and spirit. The sincere disciple of Christ is always asking, “Lord, what are areas in my life that need changing?”
The good news is that God’s presence is always with us. God wants us to be free from the seductive influence of sin and its destructive power over us and others!
The Season of Pentecost continues through November, helping us live lives of love and service, healing and change as we continue celebrating God’s presence and power in our lives EVERY DAY. It is a journey, filled with victories over defeat, joys over conflict – and through all of that, an absolutely unwavering sense of God’s presence in our lives each day.
The Scripture readings for the Season of Pentecost are intended to lead us into a powerful, faithful, spirit-filled life. For those who have not been so active at St. Johannes, please know we want you to return…and it is with open arms and hearts that we invite you back so we can journey together! Sunday Worship is at 10:00 AM. Come and discover the other opportunities of worship and Christian service that await you. God is actively working at St. Johannes and His Spirit is alive and vibrant.
Come, see and experience what God has in store for all of us!
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Alvin Shrum