St. Timothy Lutheran Church-NALC Goose Creek, SC
 
Come, Holy Spirit
Pentecost - Part I


MAY 23 - JUNE 27
6 weeks
 
The day of Pentecost is sometimes referred to as “the birthday of the Church.”  That’s because when the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus’ followers after He had ascended into Heaven, they were driven to mission – specifically, to share the Good News of Jesus with everyone, in every corner of the world! This is the mission of the Church, and it is a mission we continue today. We live in the season of Pentecost!
 
We would love to have you join us as we unpack this important time in the life of the Church. Come, Holy Spirit!
 

May 23, 2021
IT'S PENTECOST!

Acts 2:1-21
John 14:18-17, 25-27

SUMMARY
Today is the third major festival of the Church year: the Day of Pentecost! It is a day in which we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. Because without the Holy Spirit, we would not be able to do the work of Christ. And it is this same Spirit that whispers to us, “Turn your life around,” leading us to repent of our sins and return to God. It is this Spirit that helps us to walk in a new way – a better way – that honors God. That still, small voice of the Holy Spirit continues calling us today, inviting us to become the people God always intended us to be.

May 30, 2021
IT'S A MYSTERY

Acts 2:14a, 22-36
John 3:1-17

SUMMARY
Today is Holy Trinity Sunday, a day in the life of the Church in which we celebrate God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the Trinity. It’s also a Sunday that some pastors avoid if they can because of the nature of this doctrine. You see, a good sermon typically explains things well. But the Trinity is fairly inexplicable. However, as a mentor and friend once told me, the best answer to every difficult theological question is, “It’s a mystery.” That’s because God is too great, too glorious, for us to fully wrap our minds around. And yet, as we spend time in prayer and in contemplation of God, as we grow in wisdom, we stand more and more in awe of the mystery of God. And even though there’s lots we can’t and won’t understand about God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we cling to Him through faith.

June 6, 2021
THE TREASURE IN CLAY JARS

2 Corinthians 4:5-12
Mark 3:20-35

SUMMARY
Today the Apostle Paul gives us some clues to a treasure which surpasses all other treasures. And he says that the treasure is placed in fragile clay jars—in earthen vessels. We, as the people of God, are those earthen vessels; we are those jars of clay. So, what is the treasure? Light. Yes, light. Without light, there is no life; we stumble and fall; we become lost and afraid. Through light, God brought order to the chaos of the universe. Through the Light of Christ, God brings order to the chaos of our lives. So, what will we do with the light within us? Will we let it shine before others, that they may give glory to our Father in Heaven?

June 13, 2021
WAIT FOR IT

2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Mark 4:26-34

SUMMARY
This morning we read two parables that remind us that the Kingdom of God doesn’t always function in the ways would expect or even want it to. They are the parable of the seed growing and parable of the mustard seed. Often, when we feel like nothing is happening or we can’t see visible change occurring, we can feel discouraged. But the lesson for us today is not to give up hope. Rather, Jesus reminds us that, in the difficulties of life, we are called to be patient – waiting and trusting that He is at work in places we can’t see and in ways we cannot understand.

June 20, 2021
KEEP CALM, JESUS IS IN THE BOAT

2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

SUMMARY
The storms of life can often blow us around. We become so fixated on what’s going on around us that we forget the true danger may just be the internal storms going on inside us. This reveals that we need someone who can calm the external AND internal storms of life. That’s what the disciples learned in today’s Gospel lesson as they sailed on the Sea of Galilee. Their boat was tossed and turned by the wind and the waves, but the greatest danger they faced was lack of faith. Without faith, they would always be overwhelmed by all of the storms that life threw their way. When you are faced with the storms of life, where do you turn? Where do you turn in the midst of the storm? When we are sinking down in the midst of the storm, where else can we go but to God…

June 27, 2021
REST FOR THE WEARY SOUL

Romans 7:14-25
Matthew 7:16-19, 25-30   

SUMMARY
It is a fact of life that we need rest. But not just physical rest; we also need rest for our weary souls. So, where do we go to find rest? Where do we go to find the strength to stand against the forces of this world? Jesus says, “Come to Me. In Me you will find rest for your souls.” Rest goes all the way back to the first chapter in the Bible, where God declared the seventh day to be a day of rest. Most people today believe that we work in order to rest, but that gets things backwards. Because God intended for us to rest first so that we could then go and do the things He is calling us to do. So the question remains: if we aren’t rested, then how can we possibly do the things God is asking us to do?



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