A message for Pentecost

On Sunday 4th June, Christians all over the world will be celebrating the festival of Pentecost. It occurs fifty days after Easter Day and is a time when we recall the story in the Acts of the Apostles of the Holy Spirit descending on the disciples following the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus; the birth of the early church; and the beginning of the good news of the gospel being proclaimed to the world.

 

Following on from last year’s initiative, the Archbishop of Canterbury has once more called on congregations across England and throughout the Anglican Communion to mark Pentecost by committing to focus particularly on prayer – an initiative entitled, “Thy Kingdom Come”. Christians are being asked to particularly pray for any individuals they may know whom they would like to come to faith; and in our Benefice, we are responding to the call by leading a six week short course written by Nick Helm on spirituality and different ways of praying – “Soul Spark”. Many Christians, including me, would say that they often struggle with prayer – especially personal prayer. The aim of “Soul Spark” is to introduce people to different styles and forms of prayer in the hope that they might find something helpful which they can take back with them into their daily lives.

 

The outline of the course is as follows:

Session One – Approaching Spirituality – an introduction to the course and to its experiential approach.

Session Two – Getting To Know God Better – exploring the journey of faith and our developing relationship with God.

Session Three – Who Am I? – focusing on our identity in God.

Session Four – Who Is God To Me? – paying attention to the reality of God’s grace at work in our lives.

Session Five – Called To Become – thinking about discernment and how we make right choices.

Session Six – Where Am I Going? – spiritual resources for continuing along the road of the journey of life.

 

“Soul Spark” will start in the week beginning 5th June and will be held at Holy Trinity on Tuesday afternoons; at Furzebank Worship Centre on Tuesday evening; and at Emmanuel, Bentley on Thursday afternoons.

 

Everyone is welcome, and don’t worry if you haven’t done this sort of our course before – when it comes to prayer, we are all ‘amateurs’ and can all learn from each other!

 

A Prayer For Pentecost – taken from Common Worship:

 

O Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,

ignite in us your holy fire;

revive your Church with the breath of love,

and renew the face of the earth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Revd. Helen Duckett

 

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