Sunday, May 24, 2015

On Pentecost and the Power of the Holy Spirit - Throughout the world, throughout the ages

Lamp in a church in Jerusalem called - "Light of the World"
Every branch of the Christian faith is celebrating Pentecost today. You will be encouraged by the breadth of expression:

From Persia, by the bishop and martyr Nerses of Clajes (4th Century): O Holy Spirit of God, who didst descend upon our Lord Christ at the river Jordan, and upon the disciples at the feast of Pentecost: Have mercy upon us, we beseech thee, and by thy divine fire enlighten our minds and purify our hearts; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
By Anglicans in Kenya - Read More.

From the Orthodox in Chattanooga, Tennessee - Read More.

By the passion of Roman Catholic in Taize, France - Read More

By John Calvin - Read More.

By John Stott - Read More.

And Methodists in England - Moira Slight writes in London, England in the Sunday Times:  "[Today] Wesley Day when Methodists across the globe mark the anniversary of the day in 1738 when their founder John Wesley underwent a deep spiritual experience.

In London, Wesley’s Chapel on City Road — the “Mother Church of World Methodism” — will be holding a day of commemorations, including prayers round his tomb, while in chapels and churches across the country a host of special services will be taking place.

An Anglican clergyman, John Wesley had lived a devout life — visiting prisoners, studying the Bible, praying, living simply and even travelling to America to be a missionary — but on May 24 something happened that changed him. That evening he went (“unwillingly” as he admitted in his journal) to a meeting of Christians on Aldersgate Street, near St Paul’s Cathedral, where someone read aloud Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans, describing the change God works in the heart through faith in Christ.

Wesley recorded in his journal how, as he listened, “I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” Read More.

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