Newsletter for Moreton Hall
June is a very special month in the church’s calendar. First we want to give thanks to God for all the money that was collected during Christian Aid Week. Then it’s the Birthday of the world wide Church.
For Many the most important Christian festivals are Christmas; when Jesus is born and Easter, when we remember both His death and resurrection for the salvation of the world.
However, for the church the feast of Pentecost is just as important as the other two because on that day the church began. Up until then the followed Jesus thought of them as being Jewish. On the day of Pentecost something extraordinary happened. Fire came down from heaven. the disciples found could speak in other tongues. They were al empowered and equipped to go out into the world and share the gospel. And because they did, we are all here today.
There was something else about Pentecost which was really important and is often not understood. For now God the Holy Spirit, came down and dwelt amongst His people. The Jews had been used to worshipping Father God in heaven. The disciples knew that God was present with them as Jesus Christ. Now the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, had come to meet them, but not in a body like Jesus. He came into their hearts, minds and souls. Christians know that not only does God dwell with them, but somehow He is inside them changing them and improving them.
Now because Christians are filled with the presence of God their lives should be totally transformed to be as Christ-like as possible. So now they are equipped to do many of the things Jesus Christ did. In fact, Jesus promised that the church would do even greater things than He had done.
That is why at Christ Church, Moreton Hall, Sunday by Sunday we are committed to the healing ministry. We have seen a steady flow of people come forward and receive relief from suffering including physical, mental and emotional pain. We have also found that when we pray for people who want to receive more of God, the Holy Spirit comes upon them as powerfully as He did on the day of Pentecost.
On this 9th June there are two special occasions I would like to invite you to. At 10:30 AM Christ Church, Moreton Hall, we are going to have a Pentecost celebration day. We will not only celebrate what God has done in our lives, but we rejoice in what God has done across the world through the universal church. The second is that at 4.00 p.m. in the Cathedral there is a special service called “Catch the Fire” when the whole diocese comes together to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.
These two special services are the culmination of ten days of prayer which begin on 30th May on the Feast of Ascension. For 10 days together with the whole Anglican Communion and many other denominations, people will have been praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. We are praying for people to become Christians as they did on that first day and as they have done ever since all over the world.
So, if you don’t know what this is about, why not come and find out more? Either at Christ Church in the morning or at the Cathedral in the afternoon, or, better still, join us in 10 days of prayer as we commence this special time and see what God will do in your life?
With every good wish,
Revd. Canon Jonathan Ford.
Minister Christ Church Moreton Hall