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Sermon Recap, May 19, 2024

"You Are Welcome Here" was all about our awareness of the presence of the holy spirit amidst life’s ups and downs, not a mere invitation to the audience. It was a heartfelt journey through Acts 2:1-21, alongside a powerful testimony from our dear friends Tim during our contemporary Worship and Connie during our traditional worship—two different testimonies from the same Holy Spirit. Either way, it was a gathering filled with raw honesty, deep reflection, and a clear awe of how the Holy Spirit works in our lives.


 

As I stood before the congregation, I couldn't help but share the ups and downs of life. It was a reminder that we all have moments of strength and moments of limitation, and that's just part of being human.

 

We dug into the scripture, exploring the significance of Pentecost as a celebration of harvest and liberation. Just like the Israelites celebrated their freedom, we are invited to celebrate the freedom found in Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

 

I spoke about the myriad ways in which the Holy Spirit manifests in our lives—from the gift of tongues to the solace found in community. Through the testimonies that were offered, we witnessed the profound power of yielding to God's will, for the presence of the Holy Spirit in our life does not lead to mere perfection, but purpose in everything. Ultimately, it is a transformative act that leads to a life dedicated to sharing the gospel.

 

We discussed how the Holy Spirit transcends language barriers and cultural differences, embracing each of us for our unique selves. Just as Peter fearlessly declared the presence of the Holy Spirit amidst doubt, we are called to stand resolute in our faith and radiate God's love to the world.

 

We ended the sermon with an invitation for everyone to recommit themselves to the Holy Spirit's presence in their lives. As we were invited to remember our own baptism, we were reminded of God's forgiveness and the opportunity to start anew, empowered by the Holy Spirit for the sake of God's kingdom.

 

Overall, "You Are Welcome Here" was a powerful reminder that God is always with us, no matter what struggles we face. It urged us to embrace our uniqueness and to be vessels of God's love and grace in the world.




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