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June letter: Pentecost Prayers

There are two significant dates for the Benefice in the church calendar for June. The first is the celebration of Pentecost; the second is the celebration of our saints’ days: St Peter and St Paul’s in Charlton Horethorne and St Peter’s at Goathill.  Look out for Goathill’s Duck race on the 29th June!

Pentecost (Whitsunday) is a major festival in the Christian church.  It is celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday so this year it falls on the 9th June. When Jesus returned to heaven on Ascension Day, he promised that he would send believers a helper. Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames and wind to the followers of Jesus. Pentecost is recognised as the birth of the Christian Church. On that day the Apostle Peter preached a sermon which resulted in 3,000 people becoming believers.

Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us, helping and empowering us to live a flourishing life that radiates the goodness of God. I don’t know about you but I’m constantly aware of my need for divine help. When you are feeling powerless or tired or like you are failing at life, you can have confidence as a believer that you're not alone. You can start each day knowing the Holy Spirit is there to help you. He is the power that sustains, energizes, and keeps you on a holy path.

On Tuesday June 11th the children at Charlton Horethorne School will be holding a reflection day to think about Pentecost. Don’t be surprised if you see red ribbon, flames, popcorn and bubbles drifting out of school that day!

The archbishops are inviting us to pray with Christians from around the world during the eleven days between Ascension Day and Pentecost (May 30th-June 9th).  We read in the Bible that when Jesus ascended into heaven the disciples met together to pray, waiting for the Holy Spirit to come at Pentecost. We too, wait and pray anticipating that the Spirit will show us new ways of living and loving.

On Monday 3rd June St John’s Church, Milborne Port will be open from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for quiet contemplation.  There will be a number or prayer stations to visit and gentle music playing. It is a sort of ‘do it yourself’ evening. Please pop in at any time or pick up a prayer journal from the back of church to help you pray over the 11 days.

Rev Sarah

There are two significant dates for the Benefice in the church calendar for June. The first is the celebration of Pentecost; the second is the celebration of our saints’ days: St Peter and St Paul’s in Charlton Horethorne and St Peter’s at Goathill.  Look out for Goathill’s Duck race on the 29th June!

Pentecost (Whitsunday) is a major festival in the Christian church.  It is celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday so this year it falls on the 9th June. When Jesus returned to heaven on Ascension Day, he promised that he would send believers a helper. Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames and wind to the followers of Jesus. Pentecost is recognised as the birth of the Christian Church. On that day the Apostle Peter preached a sermon which resulted in 3,000 people becoming believers.

Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us, helping and empowering us to live a flourishing life that radiates the goodness of God. I don’t know about you but I’m constantly aware of my need for divine help. When you are feeling powerless or tired or like you are failing at life, you can have confidence as a believer that you're not alone. You can start each day knowing the Holy Spirit is there to help you. He is the power that sustains, energizes, and keeps you on a holy path.

On Tuesday June 11th the children at Charlton Horethorne School will be holding a reflection day to think about Pentecost. Don’t be surprised if you see red ribbon, flames, popcorn and bubbles drifting out of school that day!

The archbishops are inviting us to pray with Christians from around the world during the eleven days between Ascension Day and Pentecost (May 30th-June 9th).  We read in the Bible that when Jesus ascended into heaven the disciples met together to pray, waiting for the Holy Spirit to come at Pentecost. We too, wait and pray anticipating that the Spirit will show us new ways of living and loving.

On Monday 3rd June St John’s Church, Milborne Port will be open from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for quiet contemplation.  There will be a number or prayer stations to visit and gentle music playing. It is a sort of ‘do it yourself’ evening. Please pop in at any time or pick up a prayer journal from the back of church to help you pray over the 11 days.

Rev Sarah

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