Weekly Update: May 27, 2015

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
— Acts 1:8 ESV

Dear Family,

What a wonderful time of worship we had celebrating Pentecost this week. Ten days after the ascension of Christ and fifty days after his resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost was an established Jewish festival also known as the Feast of Weeks, which drew people from many nations back to Jerusalem (Lev. 23:15-21; Deut. 16:16). 

"Pentecost symbolizes a new beginning. It celebrates the unleashing of the Holy Spirit on the world and the empowering of the church to reach the world with the gospel. In celebrating Pentecost, the church:

  • expresses its gratitude for the faithfulness of Christ in fulfilling his promise to send “another counselor”;
  • celebrates the work of the Spirit in renewing all of creation;
  • professes its confidence and security in knowing the Spirit’s power is available for its mission; and
  • grows in awareness of the immensity of its calling to reach the world with the gospel." – The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd ed.

Congratulations to our very own Rev. Dr. Paul Kalfa, who was awarded his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree last Friday night at the 2015 Reformed Theological Seminary commencement ceremony. Well done, sir!

Paul will be returning to the pulpit this week with a special message for our annual Graduation Sunday. Please join us as we celebrate and pray for our high school seniors  as they prepare to transition into their next stage of life. We are so proud of them and are excited to see how God continues to lead and shape them as young adults!

I hope that your Memorial Day offered you an opportunity not only to rest but also to reflect upon the price that has been paid for the myriad freedoms that we enjoy in this nation, including the freedom to worship. Let us always have thankful hearts to God for his loving providence and care that sustains us every single day. If you missed the video that we showed at the beginning of Sunday's worship service in honor of Memorial Day, you can view it online by clicking here

See you Sunday!

Keith