Share the Spirit, share the ministry, share the joy

May 23rd is the Feast of Pentecost that jubilant celebration of the God’s spirit empowering the apostles 50 days after Easter as they still were gathered in the house wondering they were to do.

It is interesting to note that the result of the apostles receiving the Spirit of God was that they left the security of their gathering place and went out to share story of Jesus and the gifts of healing, teaching, generosity, compassion and love. It took them a little while to work out the details but they knew they needed to move forward to do the work entrusted to them and to share with others the joy and strengthening power they had found.

If we look around we may see some of the same things happening in our corners of the world. A new program to help children, a feeding program, tutoring children in our schools, visiting elders at home or in health care facilities, advocacy to improve life for the lost, and the least in our society. There are all sorts of shoots springing from Gospel seeds planted in the hard earth of adversity

We do not know where this might lead us – we do not know if our hope in the power of generosity, education and nurture to transform lives will come to fruition in the way we expect. But like the apostles on Pentecost we have a cause to rejoice and celebrate the Spirit moving us in a new direction – the winds of the spirit filling our sails as we head off beyond the harbor of our comfort zones into the unknown waters of ministry to some of God’s people with deep and real needs.

Let us celebrate Pentecost in the knowledge that that same spirit that empowered the apostles is empowering us to do good things, great things for God’s people. Let us rejoice that we are called by baptism to share the spirit, share our story, and share the compassion of the Lord with others.


About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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