May 2019 Newsletter
St Michael’s Anglican Congregation in the Gard
Newsletter May 2019
Thought for the month
What’s in a name ?
As I am writing this reflection we are approaching the 3rd Sunday of Easter – the 5th of May. The start of the liturgical year for the Church of England is not the 1st of January but commences with Advent and the looking forward to the birth of the Christ child. We experience the excitement and anticipation running up to Christmas Day. Then after what appears to be a short period we enter lent, which is a time of reflection as we anticipate Good Friday. Our mood lightens as we move through the Easter weekend, arriving at the high point of the Christian calendar which is Easter Sunday. We now find ourselves two weeks later with what may seem to be the highlights of the year already over; however we now wait for Ascension and of course the gifting of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
It’s unfortunate that Christmas and to a certain point Easter have been hijacked by the commercial interests of this world, with the huge pressure to buy more things, which we probably don’t need and to consume more food than we need to eat. In between we are also encouraged to give up things for Lent, often food. A cynic could say, in order to make room for more Cadbury’s Cream Eggs.
As we approach Ascension and Pentecost with the gifting of the Holy Spirit, have we considered what we can still receive from God. The Holy Spirit is no more and no less than the fullness of God, part of the Trinity. He helps and inspires us to become more Christ like. He guides and teaches. He helps us to pray and to understand God’s Word. He walks alongside us as we face life challenges. He exists today, just as much as He did at Pentecost. We just need to invite Him into our daily lives.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Provided by Eddy Hurst – Lay Worship Assistant