Pentecost Sunday is coming! Pentecost is one of my favorite times of the church calendar. The Holy Spirit has already been poured out on the world at that Pentecost festival 2000 years ago. But each year we celebrate this coming of the Holly Spirit, and we ask for a greater outpouring of God's Spirit in the world, in the Church, and in our individual lives. It is a sweet season, one of hopefully expectancy, and a great (and traditional) time for baptisms!
Baptism is a sacrament that has been commanded by Christ himself to all who wish to follow him. (Mat. 28:19) A sacrament has been defined as, "An outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace." In baptism, we are united with Christ in his life and death, and we are sealed with the Holy Spirit! (Romans 6:1-11) If you or your children haven't been baptized, prayerfully consider this step!
The season of Pentecost also a season of prayer, asking for the revival of the Holy Spirit to pour forth. On Saturday May 21 through Sunday morning May 22nd we are going to have a prayer vigil at the church office. I will give more details later. In short, we will be praying for our church and our community and asking God for a sweet revival of His Spirit on the Outer Banks. There will be a chance for us to gather together as a large group during this time, but most of the time will be individuals or small groups of people gathering in the office for 24 hours of prayer. Will you consider joining us for part of this time?
We will be talking more about these things in the coming weeks, but I am excited to see what God is going to continue to do!