A Pentecost Message from the Bishop

A Pentecost Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ:

We have been celebrating the realities of Christ rising and ascending, and what it means to be such a community. Now comes the season of Pentecost, Christ's promise fulfilled, and the further unfolding of God's agenda in our lives.

Gerard Manley Hopkins says of one of the fruits of the Spirit, Peace, "He comes with work to do...". The Holy Spirit comes to us in just such a way. That work is multi-dimensional.

With the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are invited deeper into the life of God. We are given what we need to do the work of inner transformation--"heart work"--that is essential to the Christian life. We are helped to become more like Jesus in His relationship with God.

The Holy Spirit also empowers us to do the work that it is our privilege to do, as partners with God in God's mission. By the Spirit, God gives us what we need for the work we are called to do, all things necessary to the task of transforming this world.

I pray that this season of Pentecost will be a time when we all are renewed in the power of the Spirit for transformation. May the life of the Spirit bear fruit in all dimensions of our lives, and of our life together. And may the Holy Spirit, who has begun a good work in you, direct and uphold you in the service of Christ and His kingdom.

 

Grace and peace,

 

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