And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.(Acts 2:21)
Those who accepted Peter’s message were baptized. God brought about three thousand people into the community on that day. (Acts 2:41)
On the Day of Pentecost, Jews from all around the world were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Shauvot - a celebration of the giving and receiving of the Law of God, the Torah, the Covenant. On that same day the Holy Spirit was also gifted to those Jews gathered together in Jerusalem, bringing together in unity many who were so different from one another.
"Aren’t all of these people from the same place in Galilee? How can they be talking in so many languages at once? We are from Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, Iran and Iraq, Israel and many parts of Turkey, including near Istanbul and Ankara; some of us are from Egypt and northern Libya, or visiting from Rome in Italy, from the island of Crete or from Saudi Arabia. But still we all hear the apostles speaking about God’s deeds of power in our own languages!"
On the day of Pentecost, it is celebrated that no matter where we are from, the gift of the Holy Spirit is moving and stirring us from within, bringing us together in the unity of the Body of Christ.
When I think of the Holy Spirit moving in my life, one of the strongest places where I can think of the Spirit moving is at Church Camp, more specifically Tall Oaks Camp & Conference Center in Bonner Springs, KS. I trust that many of you, whether it is at a bonafide church camp, or a camp fire with friends, or simply a walk in the woods, we can see the abundance of diversity in creation; yet we can also see the gift of creation that brings us all closer to one another as we remember that unity in God's creation.
On Sunday, May 24, we will remember the day of Pentecost, and the Spirit moving among us. We will celebrate the Spirit moving among us not only at OPCC, but all over the world as the Spirit brings us together into the unity of the Body of Christ. She speaks to each of us in our own language, pulling us closer into the love of Christ who comes to each of us. She stirs our hearts to live out our commission, to share the love of God in Christ Jesus, that we will be brought together in that love.
We can't promise a conversion of 3000 people on Sunday morning, but we can promise that you will feel the Spirit move - won't you join us?
Scripture Reading: Acts 2:1-21