Pentecost Sunday – Acts 2:1-21

Grace, peace and mercy to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Today we join together with the whole Christian Church as we celebrate Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit. It may surprise some to hear that Pentecost has its origins in the Old Testament history of the Israelites. Prior to leading his people out of Egypt, the Lord gave instructions as to how the Israelites were to celebrate the Passover on the night when he struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. Fifty days later, their journey through the wilderness brought them to Mt Sinai. Here God gave them the Law through Moses, and here they were commanded to annually observe this event of the Law being given to God’s people. So ‘Pentecost’ means fiftieth day and has its origins with the giving of God’s Law to his people.

Seventh Sunday of Easter – John 17:6-19

Grace, peace and mercy to you from our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

The fall of humanity from the glorious relationship God intended for all people created a problem that only God could resolve. God enacted his plan of salvation through his Word given through the Old Testament prophets, then by sending his Son Jesus Christ to fulfil the prophecy concerning him (John 3:16). God’s Word did not go out and return empty but achieved the purpose which he willed (Is 55:11). God’s Word changed lives. People were restored back to their Heavenly Father by believing God’s promises fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Psalm 98

Grace, peace and mercy to you from our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

Sometimes we can easily overlook the obvious as we set about our daily journey of life. Even as we come to church services where we use language that says we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, one might be forgiven for thinking all is doom and gloom. The psalm set for this week is Psalm 98 and it is a timely reminder that we are to be thankful and the reason is that God has won salvation for us. The Lord has done marvellous things and so we are called to sing a new song. Let’s hear this wonderful psalm of thanksgiving.

Fifth Sunday of Easter – 1 John 4:7-21

Grace, peace and mercy to you from God our Father and from our risen Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Today is a special day. It is God’s day. It is a day in which He comes to serve his faithful people who are called and gathered by the Holy Spirit around His Word. This is God’s day and you are God’s holy people.