Thursday, June 11

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.
John 15:13-15.

It probably wouldn’t take you long to write down 3 things which have changed in your life due to the pandemic. Change is everywhere and all of us are experiencing it. We each respond to change differently based upon the type of change and the amount of consistency in our lives. As followers of Jesus we can approach change knowing the sure foundation of our God who does not change. In order to bring encouragement to believers in the midst of the changes, and to explore what change looks like for our life together, our summer worship theme is: “Changing Church: Unchanging Mission. With the book of Acts as our reference we are learning how the Holy Spirit leads his people through times of change for the sake of His Mission.

According to the words of Jesus in the passage for today (John 15:13-15) the Holy Spirit communicates to us what Jesus says. In addition, the Holy Spirit tells us “about the future.”  The words of Jesus bring life. The words of Jesus clearly tell us about the future: “I am with you always.” What brings hope and assurance during times of change is the Holy Spirit who brings peace now and hope for the future.  As an optional time of learning and reflection today you are invited to watch this video about the Holy Spirit.  Whether or not you watch the video, be assured of this: through Baptism you can be confident that the Holy Spirit lives in you. With the Holy Spirit’s presence, you have a foundation for whatever change may come your way.

Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!   Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. (Psalm 90:1-2) Through these days of change, help me remember that you, O God, do not change. Through these days of uncertainty, remind me, O God, that through Jesus Christ I am your child forever. Thank you for the presence and the power of your Holy Spirit in my life. Amen.