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Thought for June, 2019.
By their fruits they will be known!
Late May and June is the time that used to be called Whitsun, which comes from White Sunday. These days the Holiday is now fixed as Spring Bank but Whitsun moves about according to the date of Easter. More recently the church reverted to calling the festival Pentecost, the ancient Jewish feast of the harvest of the first fruits.
Pentecost was the day that the church began, when the Spirit of God was poured out onto the first disciples and they were filled with courage to go out and preach the Good News of God. No longer afraid but on fire with passion and zeal given by the Spirit to share what they had discovered and knew about Jesus the Messiah, who had saved us by his sacrifice on the Cross.
It was known as White Sunday in the past as people dressed in white on that day because it was a time for confirmation like in baptism when people put on white robes to show they had put off their old selves to put on Christ ‘as in a garment.’
They saw themselves as the first fruits of those whom God has saved - as we still do today, not because we are better than others but simply as we acknowledge God is at work in our lives.
St Peter proclaimed ‘Those who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved’ Acts 2v21
With Blessings, Revd Chris Woadden