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Looking Toward Sunday, May 7, 2017

As we move into Acts, the Holy Spirit is moving and the church is forming. In the first chapter of Acts, right before Jesus ascends into heaven, he tells his disciples, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The apostles, the seven commissioned, and the rest of the church will soon break down many barriers as they take the Gospel message of Jesus Christ throughout all of Jerusalem to their Jewish brothers and sisters, and then past the city walls to the Samaritans, the Ethiopians, and the Gentiles. I am reminded of the Scripture, “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” from Ephesians.

As the early church fathers spread the good news, they are not acting alone, however. The Holy Spirit is plucking them up, placing them, directing them, speaking to them, guiding them. Yes, the Holy Spirit was present before Pentecost! Join us this Sunday as we remember the ways the Holy Spirit was forming the early church and breaking barriers and also acknowledge the ways the Holy Spirit is inviting us into the work of God and gathering us together in community.

Focal Scripture – Acts 8:26-40
Sermon Title – “Holy Spirit: Gracious Host”

Looking forward to this fourth Sunday in Easter,
Rachel Mathews