Churches Together in England
Date: 5th June 2014
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RE Pentecost Sunday
The 6 Presidents of the 42 member churches of Churches Together in England offer a message for Pentecost
The Archbishop of Canterbury (Archbishop Justin Welby)
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster (Cardinal Vincent Nichols)
The Free Churches Moderator (Rev Michael Heaney)
The Fourth President nominated by the other churches in England (Bishop Jana Jeruma-Grinberga)
including Orthodox, Black Majority, Lutheran and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
HE Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain
The Pentecostal President (Bishop Eric Brown)
‘The world doesn’t have to be as it is’
On the day of Pentecost the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the Church. This same Spirit had brooded over the chaos waters at the time of creation, inspired the prophets, poets and kings of the Hebrew people, and descended on Jesus at his baptism. Now the Spirit fell like fire on the Apostles of Jesus so that his message of God’s kingdom of love, justice and hope might reach the ends of the earth.
On the Day of Pentecost, the gift of the Spirit brought understanding, for all found they could understand each other’s languages. In our divided world we pray for that gift, that there might be understanding between divided nations and conflicting ideologies, that the unreconciled might begin to walk the path of reconciliation.
Artists often depict the Holy Spirit as a dove. Doves have come to symbolise peace. This Pentecost, amidst conflict and tension in the Middle East, parts of Africa, and on the edges of Europe, we pray for all who are suffering, and for all who work patiently to lessen tension and fashion peace rather than war.
Pentecost is an announcement that the world doesn’t have to be as it is. God offers us a different way. The Bible speaks of the fruit of the Spirit as love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22) – those are some of the qualities which create and sustain good societies. Christians don’t have a monopoly on those qualities, but they do know that they are evidence of the Spirit’s presence and activity. They also know that the power of the Spirit enables them to do the will of Jesus, so our prayer this Pentecost is that all Christians everywhere will live out their love of Jesus by working to build good and healthy societies where all may flourish as God intends.
To find out more about the Christian faith visit www.christianity.org.uk
To find out more about ‘A good Society’, visit http://agoodsociety.org/
Archbishops of Canterbury and York launch Pentecost initiative www.usewords.org
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1. Contact email and phone number: Jim Currin, Communications, Churches Together in England. Jim.firstname.lastname@example.org. 07837973214.
2. CTE Purpose: ‘Churches Together in England unites in pilgrimage those churches in England which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves: to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is his body; and to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.’
3. Further information on www.cte.org.uk
4. Page link: www.cte.org.uk/pentecost2014