…Of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew – a friendly household of faith. We are America’s oldest Lutheran Church (congregation), now in its 349th year of faithful witness to the Lord Jesus Christ since receiving its historic Charter on December 6, 1664.
Sunday, May 19 -
The Feast of Pentecost.
On this Day of Pentecost, fifty days after His resurrection, Jesus’ promise that the Father will give his gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples was fulfilled beyond measure. With the sound of a mighty rushing wind and divided tongues as of fire appearing to them, they were filled with the Holy Spirit who gave them the ability to do what was ordinarily impossible – to speak the Good News of God to crowds of people from different nations in their own native language.
At first, to the on-lookers, it seemed as if the disciples were drunk, causing them to have “garbled” speech. But then they quickly realized that they were actually speaking intelligently and that there message was about the promises of God from of old being, now fulfilled in the person of Jesus of Nazareth – who was crucified and on the third day rose from the dead; and that this Jesus is the promised Messiah, the long-expected son of David.
This out-pouring of the Holy Spirit is freely given to all who by faith call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, empowering them also to speak about the goodness of God whose love is everlasting and his mercy endures forever – a message for all people, everywhere. The Church, which finds its existence in Jesus and in the events of this Day of Pentecost, faithfully proclaim this Good News by which means believing faith is created and sustained in the midst of a yearning for God to intervene in our lives when what we do and say and think fail to yield the results hoped for.
This is FAITH – Failing Always, I Trust Him – Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior for today, tomorrow and beyond the grave.
Come, Holy Spirit, our souls inspire!