Psalm 181: 24

"This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Rev'd Robert Sheard

June is a time of celebration, 2nd-6th of June we have an extended Bank holiday to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee, a celebration to mark 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II being on the throne.

When I have heard the queen speak about what inspires her in her reign, she always seems to refers to her faith in God. Her faith seems to be one of her main stays in how she conducts herself as Queen, we could all do well to learn this from her.

On 5th June we also have the Churches Birthday, Pentecost which is the festival of the windy, fiery Spirit of God, perhaps the most imaginative of all the Christian festivals, which is on the 50th day after Easter (in Greek Pentecost).

We remember that the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles, and filled the early Church with the Spirit, they began to speak in many languages and shared with others the great things God had done, and that is how the church was born, after that many believed and started to meet for prayers and teaching, sharing life together and breaking bread.

So Pentecost is the birthday of the Church and that is worth celebrating, but not only that: Pentecost is also the feast where we remember what the church is for. In many Churches and traditions this is the time when we remind ourselves that the Church is called to mission, to sharing with others the good news of Jesus Christ - in word and in deed.

Perhaps this year we do need to celebrate particularly with all that we have been through, remembering that God walks with us in both in Joy and sorrow.

Yours,

Rev'd Robert Sheard

United Reformed Church Minister of Stowmarket, Debenham, Stowupland, Mendlesham & Haughley

June 2022




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