Tomorrow is Pentecost Sunday when we celebrate, 50 days (including Easter Sunday) after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, Mary the mother of Jesus and other disciples of Christ in Jerusalem (Acts 2).
For this reason, Pentecost Sunday is often referred to as “The Birthday of the Church”.
On Pentecost Sunday we wear lots of red symbolising the tongues of fire that appeared over the disciples.
We remember that it is by work of the Holy Spirit that people come to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:8) and hence into his Body, the Church.
Recently in Southern Tasmania we had a marvellous celebration of all Christians being one in Christ and in his Body, the Church universal. It was called ‘Church Together 2011 – For the Cause‘ and was held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart.
Below, you will find a letter of thanks from Pastor Dave Morse, the Convenor of ‘Church Together 2011 – For the Cause (of Christ)’. It is very encouraging.
At a supper following our celebration we took the opportunity to thank Dave and the Executive Committee for their ministry.
Pentecost Sunday reminds us of the Holy Spirit: the 3rd Person of the Holy Trinity, the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the eternal reality of the unity of all Christian people in Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Join in the Pentecost spirit of the Holy Spirit, this Pentecost Sunday as Christians enjoy a marvellous celebration wearing their red gear and giving thanks to God for his grace and generosity in sending the Holy Spirit.
Letter of Thanks from the Convenor of ‘Church Together 2011 – For the Cause':
Subject: Thank you
Church Together 2011 – For the Cause.
What an incredible night we had last Sunday night. We saw over 1,500 people from across Southern Tasmania gather together on Sunday 29th May for the cause of Jesus Christ.
Thank you so much for your partnership and for being a part of this inspiring night and encouraging your people to join together as the Church of Southern Tasmania.
The combined Church’s Worship Team inspired us as they lead us beautifully in worship of our great God.
Our special guest Allan Meyer gave us a truly amazing presentation of the gospel with God isn’t the ‘big judge’ but that He is and wants even more to be our Father .
God is doing something significant in the Church of Tasmania, as I’ve talked to Church leaders this week, the’ve shared how encouraged they are as a result of Church Together and by the expectation they feel about the future.
Many people responded to the message, and others expressed a desire to re-connect with God and the church in a fresh way.
If you or your church would like to order CD’s and DVD’s of the message please call the Church Together office on 6244 6336 or click this link to down load the form.
We were able to announce that through the generosity of our Partner Churches and Sponsors, we were able to reach budget before the event allowing us to take up an offering of over $7,000. This was given directly toward a fantastic community project at Rokeby High School.
Yours for the cause,
On behalf of the Church Together Executive, Church Together 2011
*Last Year on Pentecost Sunday I launched my 9 week Prayer Pilgrimage 2010 ‘people @ prayer’ around Tasmania. What a fantastic privilege it was to spend time in prayer with Christians of all denominations from all around Tasmania! See Pilgrimage launch and the Pilgrimage Prayer, A Prayer for Pentecost.