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Hello Renewal!

As we continue our journey through Easter, we turn our focus this week to a profound promise given to us in the Gospel of John. In John 14:15-21, Jesus provides His disciples with the assurance of the Holy Spirit—a Helper who will come to them after His departure. This passage not only offers comfort but also prepares us for the transformative presence of the Spirit in our lives.

Understanding the Promise

In these verses, Jesus speaks directly to the hearts of His followers, promising that He will not leave them as orphans; instead, He will send the Holy Spirit. This Helper, or Counselor, is promised to be a continual presence, guiding believers in truth and righteousness. Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as someone who will dwell within them, ensuring that His teachings and His love remain active and alive within the community.

This promise is pivotal because it marks the transition from Jesus' physical presence with His disciples to His spiritual presence through the Holy Spirit. It emphasizes that through the Holy Spirit, believers will continue to experience Jesus' guidance and companionship.

The Day of Pentecost: A Celebration of the Holy Spirit

On Sunday, May 19, 2024, we will gather to celebrate the Day of Pentecost. This day marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples, as recounted in Acts 2. This event symbolizes the birth of the Church and the beginning of its mission in the world.

Pentecost is traditionally associated with the color red, which symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit. This fire represents the transformative power of the Spirit, who enables us to witness boldly, burn away our impurities, and ignite our hearts with a passion for God. We encourage everyone to wear red on this day as a visual expression of our collective prayer for the Spirit to renew and energize our church community.

Join Us in Celebration and Worship

As we prepare for the Day of Pentecost, let us reflect on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. May we embrace the promise of the Helper and prepare our hearts to be transformed by the Spirit’s power. Together, let us look forward to experiencing a renewed sense of purpose and passion in our service to God and to one another.