Amazed and Astonished

For the last week, I have been in Jacksonville with our youth serving on a mission trip. It has been an incredible week of serving God along some of our younger members as they helped in construction on a house for a lady named Gloria. Throughout the week, we saw God do some amazing things and I am so proud of these youth and their energy for Jesus.

This Sunday is Pentecost – a day we celebrate the activity of the Holy Spirit in the Church. Acts 2:1-4 states, “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit game them ability.” After the Holy Spirit came upon them, we learn that the apostles spoke in different languages about all the amazing things God was doing.

How do you experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life today? I believe we are still experiencing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives, in our church, and in our community. And I also believe we need the Holy Spirit in our lives, in our church, and in our community as much today as in the Acts 2 passage. How are you praying for revival through the Holy Spirit? How are you preparing yourself for what the Holy Spirit might do in your life, in your church, and in your community?

Don’t forget to wear your red on Sunday for Pentecost! Have a great weekend and I look forward to being with you in worship on Sunday morning at 8:45 and 11:00!

In Service Together,

P.S. The North Georgia Annual Conference will be meeting next week in Athens. I will be in Athens all week, along with Janet Brown and Ann McCauley. First, let me say a word of thanks to Scott and Julie Lewis and Jo Beth James for volunteering to serve on the hospitality and host team for Annual Conference. Second, I am asking that you be in prayer for our annual conference as we meet together and make decisions about the ministries and mission of the United Methodist Church in North Georgia.