May 23th, 2021 – Pentecost/Confirmation
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
Zoom Info: Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles
Bible Study after service or 11:15ish. I’ll keep the zoom line on.
SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: TODAY! (May 23rd) @ 3 PM. Go home, get lunch, take a nap, and come back. This is an important meeting and we would like everyone present.
Devotion & Prayer Thought
Pentecost – literally meaning 50 days after – was the Greek word for the Hebrew festival of Shavuot, at different places called the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of First Fruits. There were to be three great feasts for Israel – Passover, Pentecost and Booths. Exodus 23:14-17 is the initial command. Leviticus 23 expands, and Deuteronomy 16 repeats. The seed of the Pentecost festival was that this was the day that Moses received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. God’s commands tie this reception of the law to the agricultural year. Being a Mediterranean climate, they got more than one crop in a year. Pentecost was the gathering of the first crop or the first fruits. And every day during the 7 weeks leading up to it, Israel was to bring a “wave offering” of grain, until the first fruits came in.
All of these find some fulfillment Christian Pentecost. The Giving of the Law is fulfilled in the pouring out of the Holy Spirit who enables what the law could not, the sanctification of all Israel. The first fruits are seen in the “about 3000 that were added that day.” And the weeks of preparation are how Christ showed himself risen from the dead until His Spirit was poured out on all flesh as Joel prophesied and Peter recalled.
I think it is fruitful to ponder how these find their fulfillment among us. Confirmation is something of a first fruits celebration. Those who were planted in baptism have now come to a state of maturity where they can confirm that baptism. The faith becomes not just something inherited, but something theirs. It is also a reflection of the reception of the law in that the basics of the faith have been delivered to them in a course of study. And they have been waved before the elders as a show that some of it stuck. This is not Booths, this is not the final harvest. Lots of stuff can happened between now and that final ingathering, but it is a late Spring Celebration.
And as we as a Congregation contemplate together where we are, I think this conjunction of meaning can be fruitful as well. We have been promised the Spirit. The Spirit which testifies to the truth. The Spirit which puts flesh on dry bones. Some see the effects of the Spirit as “new wine”, but other are cut to the heart. What is the Spirit declaring to us today? What are we as a congregation waving before the throne as our first fruits? What first fruits or Spring Harvest are hoping to celebrate? Those are not purely Pollyanna questions. Because this is the Spirit that gifts what he desires, that provides the growth. The year processes, from Passover to Pentecost to Booths, and then God renews it, until the final day. If we have been part of the Lord’s Passover from death in Easter, what is this Pentecost for us today? May the Spirit be both our Helper and the witness of truth.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: May 24th – May 30th
Mon. – Fri. ……….….… 9:00amPreschool
Thursday: ……………… 10:00amBible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: Finish Ezekiel’s Heavenly Land. Next up: How to think about The Timeline
- Confirmation: In the Fall, congrats to this years confirmands!
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): May 27th? See you on the Zoom line.
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, Walking through the gospel of Mark – the one read in this year’s lectionary.
- Catechism Moment: Moving to the Lord’s Prayer. If you are not receiving these let me know and give me your email address.
RUMMAGE SALE … July 10th / SAVERS DELIVERY … July 14th
We will be accepting: kids clothing and toys, adult clothing and accessories (scarves, hats, purses, shoes etc.), housewares (dishes etc.) bedding, curtains, towels, tablecloths, books, CDs and DVDs, games, puzzles, small appliances and furniture. We can NOT take TVs, or computers. You may drop off items in the Multi-purpose Room anytime between June 27th and the afternoon of Thursday, July 8th.
If you are interested in volunteering, we will need help sorting and pricing throughout that week. We also need volunteers to work the sale on July 10th. Please contact Ellen or Mindy if you want to help. Feel free to email with any questions or suggestions as well.
Anything remaining at 3pm will be boxed up, so extra hands at this time would be greatly appreciated. The boxes will be taken to Savers in Webster on Wed., July 14th at 11am. People willing to drive to Webster are also needed. Savers will then send us a check based on the weight of what we deliver (fabric items gets the best rate).