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(updated 5-29-24) “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.  All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.  Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47 
           “WE ARE EASTER PEOPLE!” – “WE ARE PEOPLE OF THE RESURRECTION!”  Have you ever heard these phrases? They were quite common in the churches that I grew up around. Our pastors often said that we were Easter People, and that every Sunday was a “Little Easter”. I was comforted and challenged by this, and I still think these words and phrases, and probably say them without even realizing that I am doing it! 
        Pentecost came early this year – May 19th. We received new members and wore our red apparel. We sang songs about the Spirit of God and read together the familiar curious text from Acts chapter 2 where tongues as of fire rested on all who gathered. 
        I wonder why my childhood pastors didn’t hold up this Pentecost birthing of the church to say, “We are Pentecost People!  We are Holy Spirit People!” I wonder what would change in our lives together if we emphasized this great gift, this outpouring of life and power that comes to restore all that has been lost in us. 
        This Pentecost experience changed everything for the early church. They transitioned from being scared victims hiding behind locked doors, to street preachers and evangelists who, empowered by this Holy Spirit, stepped out to change the world! 
        In my opinion, we need more of this Holy Spirit Pentecost fire in our churches today! I pray that Holy Spirit will burn through our fellowships again and surprise us with power from on high! Come Holy Spirit! Bring life and power to the church and set us ablaze with your love!
Come and join us for worship at 9am Sunday mornings for our Heritage worship service featuring our choir and familiar hymns. If you are unable to join us in person, we are livestreaming our worship services on YouTube and Facebook.  There are Bible Studies and book clubs and an open chair reserved just for you! Plan to come and join us – we’ll save you a seat!
Serving Christ with You, Pastor Bill Mudge