THE CENTRE CHAPLAIN’S CORNER – June
The Chaplain’s Corner is round the corner again! Lent has been and gone, Easter has passed on, Ascension Day is about to take place on the 30th May and then Pentecost on the 9th June.
Pentecost has its roots in the Jewish Feast of Weeks which was completed on the fiftieth day of after the Passion. On this day God sends His Holy Spirit to empower the church to perform the mission which the risen Christ had entrusted to it.
The Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost
When the day of Pentecost came, they (the disciples) were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them (Acts 2 v 1-4).
We are assured that when we put our trust in Jesus Christ and repent of our sins we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit – not quite as the disciples did but we are promised this wonderful gift. Whether we allow the Holy Spirit to fill our lives is a different matter and a challenging prospect. How can people know that we are filled with the Holy Spirit? When we exhibit the fruits of the Spirit which are:- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. We also can be:- created by; equipped by; trained by; empowered by; transformed by and revealed by The Holy Spirit.
Poem by Liz Babs
Holy Spirit, Pentecost fire, fuel my desire, to know you. Fan into flames the embers of my faith and give me a taste of heaven on earth; a glorious rebirth, a renewed vision, so all my decisions are earthed in You.
Being on fire with the Holy Spirit! I led a Lent Course before Easter and at the end of each session I would light a tea light and we would say a prayer. The last session went well, ending with the Grace. We then cleared away all the teacups and suddenly one of the ladies shouted ‘Rowan’ – I turned round and the serviette on which my tea light was placed had caught fire! Fortunately there was a glass of water nearby to extinguish this small fire. God does have a sense of humour!
On the 16th May we had a reunion of the Listening Course. Over six people came to this coffee morning. We started with Morning Prayer (Acorn) and then shared our listening experiences since the course. There were some moving stories shared in confidence. The group would like to meet again and one possible idea is to have some sessions on ‘Prayer’ and then try and do some ‘Prayer Walking’ around the town. This idea was well received so we will probably plan these sessions for September, but I will keep you posted as to dates.
We continue to pray for people who work in The Centre who are ill. May God’s healing hand be upon them.
One of the Café Guest’s husband passed away and I had the privilege of attending the Crematorium Service, the Thanksgiving Service at Sherlocks and then the Wake which was held at The Centre. It was a tough day because the new widow had a very funny ‘turn’ at the end of the Wake warranting a ‘999’ call. Thankfully she is all right and I think she was just totally exhausted with all the arrangements surrounding her late husband’s death.
We thank you Lord for the power of The Holy Spirit. Holy Flame help us to meet the challenges of each day. As we allow The Holy Spirit to fill our lives and feel the Spirit moving in our hearts let us pray. Fill us with your Spirit – hear our prayer and make us one in heart and mind to serve you with joy for ever. May you experience the blessing of the Holy Spirit in your life this month and for many more to come.
Every blessing to you all.
Rowan Nunnerley (Centre Chaplain)
Contact details: 01306 886830 or 07706 041339