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May 2013 - A Month of Celebration

Each Sunday in May is a special festival time.

On Sunday 5th the Church still celebrates Eastertide (not just a weekend, but 50 days). This is the most important festival of all, as I wrote here in March, because it’s the foundation of the Christian faith that Jesus died and rose again for all humankind. Without Easter the Church wouldn’t exist.

Sunday 12th is the Sunday after Ascension Day (Thursday 9th), when Christians think of Jesus returning to the glory of heaven as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This means that there is no higher authority than that of Jesus. His is an eternal kingdom, a kingdom of love. Most people do not know this; but one day everyone will know it, when Jesus comes again to bring God’s Kingdom to completion.

Sunday 19th is the Day of Pentecost (or Whit Sunday), 50 days after Easter Day. On this day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples to fill them with power and send them out to proclaim the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus. It is the birthday of the Christian Church and the beginning of the Church’s mission to all the world.

Sunday 26th is Trinity Sunday, the day when we try to sum up what Christians believe about God – that there is one God, who has made himself known in three ways (Three Persons) –Father (Creator), Son (Jesus, the Saviour) and Holy Spirit (the Life-Giver).

If all this makes our heads spin, don’t worry; you’re in good company! We cannot explain God, because God is beyond all thinking, but we can respond to his infinite love to us with our love, praise and service to others in his name. For the real test of faith is not how much we understand, but how much we love, and that’s something we can all show.

God bless you all who read this.

Andrew

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