Did you know: That yesterday, May 24 was a special day in United Methodist History? Two hundred eighty years ago on May 24, 1738, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement, “Went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street (London), where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation: And an assurance was given me, that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."
That experience not only transformed Wesley’s heart, but it also ignited a movement from which our theological and doctrinal heritage as Methodists was born.
Wesley’s “heart-warming” experience seems very similar to me of the experience that the disciples had as they gathered together 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection on the Day of Pentecost. Suddenly they heard the sound of a mighty rushing wind. They saw tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. These were miraculous signs of the gift that Jesus had promised, the gift of the Holy Spirit. And as with Wesley the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit changed everything!
This group of frightened, uneducated disciples empowered by the Holy Spirit then went on to change the world by sharing the message of the Good News of the gospel.
Do you ever wish you could have that kind of power in your life? The good news is that you can. The truth is that Pentecost is your birthright as a follower of Jesus. Here’s what Paul says in Romans. He says, “The very same power, the very same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.” (Romans 8:11)
This Sunday we will begin a three-part message series entitled, Catch the Spirit. We will be talking about the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. This week we will look at the power that the Spirit gives us.
Please also take time this weekend to stop and to say a prayer for all our troops and their families. Pray a special prayer of thanksgiving for those who have made the ultimate
sacrifice and their families who mourn. If you are not traveling, I hope you will join us for worship on Sunday as we will be observing Memorial Day with a special litany and prayer