Celebrate Pentecost! Pastor’s Message 6/8/14

Celebrate the Day of Pentecost!  This coming Sunday, June 8, red will be everywhere, so wear red if you can.  There will be a surprise dramatic reading of the Pentecost story – Acts 2:1-21.  Read this lesson ahead of time (see below).  In it, the Apostles were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.  What about you and me?  Are we filled with the Holy Spirit?  If so, what does that mean for our lives as Christians?

Also on Pentecost – we celebrate the Confirmation of Katie Aquino and Clayton Leichliter!  Join them and their families for a Special Lemonade on the Lawn reception after worship.

Church World Service Blanket/Tool Month – June 2014!  Church World Service provides blankets and tools to victims around the world after tragedies.  ELC of Durham has generously supported this effort for many years, inspired by the leadership of our WELCA group.  Every Sunday during June a special offering envelope will be provided in your bulletin.  Please give generously!

Palisades High School Graduation is coming up next week.  The Baccalaureate Service is on June 8 at 7 PM In the sanctuary of St. John the Baptist Church on Route 412 in Ottsville.  Scott Lehr will be graduating.

Another reminder about our Weird Animals VBS week – July 20-24, for children ages 3-12.  A registration form is attached to this e-mail for your convenience.  Our next VBS Planning Meeting will be Tuesday, June 17 at 6:30 PM.  We welcome volunteer youth and adult helpers!  We are still looking for monetary donations to supplement our VBS budget so we can buy food, paper supplies, craft supplies, etc. Please be generous and boost our VBS, which is always a fun summer experience for all involved.

 ~ Pastor David Deal

Acts 2:1-21 – The Coming of the Holy Spirit

2When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.7Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ 13But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 “In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”


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