As the room went quiet and people prepared for the midweek worship I was leading recently, you could sense the power of God's Holy Spirit at work amongst the small group of people who gathered. It was a moving experience and one which reminded me that God's Spirit is available to us at all times and in all places.
This month we are reminded of the power of the Holy Spirit as we read the story of Pentecost in Acts, chapter 2 and notice the transformation of the disciples from frightened individuals into people emboldened by God's power, ready to do His work.
Recalling our spiritual heritage as Methodists, we give thanks for the way the Holy Spirit 'warmed' John Wesley's heart at a Christian meeting in Aldersgate Street, London on 24th May 1738. This powerful experience gave him a new enthusiasm for his ministry and a passion to speak to the ordinary people of his time about the saving grace of Christ for all.
I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit still pervades our world and God continues to use ordinary people to be channels of His transforming grace and power where we are. Just a simple word in season, a helping hand, a listening ear or a heartfelt prayer for another person can be ways in which God's presence, through his Holy Spirit, can be seen and felt in our local community.
May we echo the words of the hymnwriter:
"Let every Christian pray,
This day and every day.
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
Was not the Church we love
Commissioned from above?
Come, Holy Spirit, come."
Prayer focus for May
Our Church stewards Jackie, Jeremy & Bill who were elected at our recent AGM.
The parents & children who attend 'Allsorts' on a Thursday.
Our Superintendent Minister, Rev. Dr. Martin Wellings as he begins his 3 month sabbatical on 14th May & for Rev. Rosemary Davies who will be 'acting' Superintendent until she moves in the Summer.
The grant application to the Methodist District for funds to support the Community chaplain post on Rose Hill beginning in the Autumn.