Calvary United Methodist Church
Monday, June 14, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!

Monthly reminder

 

       But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

 

God, please lead and empower me to make a difference for your kingdom today. Where and how can I share your light and love today?

 

This is a prayer I prayed today as I was getting ready for the day and wondering what would unfold on this particular day. I recently read a quote that has stuck with me, it reminded me of the kind of Christian I desire to be, and the leader that I want to live into. It’s a Christian who allows Christ to lead me each moment of each day, empowered by the Holy Spirit, led by the love of God. The quote is “Were the spirit to be withdrawn suddenly from the earth today, most of the church’s work would continue unabated.” -Craig S. Keener Gift and Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today

 

The church is meant to be led and empowered by the Spirit, but if the church would continue unchanged without the Spirit, then where are we getting our direction and authority? If we are simply following methods, outlines, step by step procedures, and programs, then we are missing out. The Holy Spirit is present and available for you and me each and every day. The Holy Spirit is our guide, our power, and our teacher, reminding us of the teachings of Jesus. If we don’t go where led, we are just following our own whims, and James talks about being blown and tossed by the wind and every form of teaching. This is not what we want.

 

From Mother’s day, to Graduation, from Ascension Sunday to Pentecost – from decisions made at a micro level to a macro level, we don’t want to live on our own whims, we want to follow the leading of the Spirit. Empowered and blessed. From Spring Planting to Harvest.

 

Will you join me in this prayer today: Lord, you promised your children the power and authority of the Holy Spirit to be led, taught, and guided by you. Please do just that. I’m here as your servant. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.

 
May the Peace of Christ be with you,
Pastor Joy
 
December First, join us as we focus on a beginning, the Advent of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. ~~Pastor Al~~ that’s what we believe we see in the world, but because