As twenty-first century westerners, we live in a world of unprecedented prosperity and wealth — a life far more pleasant than the lives of our ancestors. And yet, rates of depression and anxiety are rising, especially among the young. Why hasn’t our ever growing material prosperity resulted in ever growing levels of contentment and joy? To quote the scriptures, “Man cannot live by bread alone.” There is a hole within the human heart that no food, drink or entertainment could ever fill. We were all of us born with a deep, spiritual thirst. Jesus knows this. That’s why he says, in today’s Gospel reading, “If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink.” The “waters” that Jesus offers to give us is the Holy Spirit. Today, on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. How can we receive the Holy Spirit? What does it mean for our lives if we do? That’s what Terence will be talking about in his sermon.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, leaving the physical presence of his disciples forever, he promised them a gift: the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus would be with his church forever— indeed, until the end of the age. However, the Holy Spirit does not come immediately. Rather, the disciples must stay in Jerusalem and simply wait. What does it mean for the church to wait upon God? This is what Jasmine will be exploring today in her sermon on Acts 1:1-11.
Acts 2:14a, 22-32 (Click to Read) Preachers: Jasmine Chandra & Eric Phinney
Today, on the 2nd Sunday in the season of Easter, we continue to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection. Through him, we have victory over sickness, sin and death. Through his life-saving death and resurrection, we can face these challenging times in a spirit of hope.
Today is also mission Sunday. Our guest speaker is Rev. Eric Phinney, a former member of our congregation and priest here in this diocese. After the service, he will be sharing about the Seafarers Mission — a ministry with which he has served for many years.