Acts 2:1-4; 44-47 (Contemporary English Version)
On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.
All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it. Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely, while praising God. Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved.
Parking and Praising
In Acts 2, we find the story of the Pentecost. Jesus had ascended to the Father and promised that another part of God would come to be with the people – a comforter and guide. Then, on the 50th day after the Resurrection, the Holy Spirit came in dramatic fashion. Next, Peter preached an amazing sermon explaining who Jesus was and urging the people to repent, be baptized and become followers of Jesus Christ. That very day, about 3,000 were baptized!
In our second scripture passage, we learn about what all these new believers did. They spent a lot of time together in the temple and in their homes. They had meals together and shared all they had. They strove to live in the ways of Jesus. They learned from each other and praised God. “And each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved.”
As our Resurrection West congregation has been and continues to be blessed with growth, our Phase III building plans become ever more essential for many areas, including worship. Lindsay Hefner, our Director of Worship Arts, will write more on this in an upcoming devotion, but I want to touch on a few things now:
You’re on your way to worship. “Fun... parking traffic ahead,” you think sarcastically.
Can you imagine what it would be like to have another street entrance and more parking spaces? Wouldn’t it be great to have enough room for all our guests and attendees to park – and to have traffic flow that actually flows!
And what about sanctuary space? The renovations will significantly increase our ability to welcome more into every worship service, including Christmas Eve and Easter. It’s easy for folks to get frustrated when they can’t find a seat and to assume this church doesn’t need them. We certainly don’t want visitors or anyone else to feel that way. We want to provide radical hospitality in every season and have space for all to worship and praise God.
Creator God, we praise you this day for all you are and all you have done. You created all the beauty we see around us. You also created humankind in your image and want to have a relationship with every person. We want that relationship too, O God, and we want to make sure we praise and serve you always. We know how important it is to spend time with you every day and how important it is to come together as believers and worship you. Please lead us and guide us as we strive to make more room for parking and praising here at Resurrection West. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.
Peace, Pastor Chris