Today's meditation comes from Rev Hugh-John.
Prayer: Comforter Abide in Us
(Romanian Orthodox Church, Book of Hours, 1865)
Heavenly King, Comforter,
the Spirit of truth,
present in all places and filling all things,
treasury of goodness and giver of life:
come and abide in us.
Cleanse us from every stain of sin
and save our souls, O gracious Lord.
It was only about three weeks into lockdown that on a Thursday morning I found myself asking Linda, almost pleadingly, ‘It is Thursday today isn’t it?’ Thursday right? I then posted the question on facebook and had the most ‘likes’ for a comment that I had in a long time. Other people were feeling the same!
The normal busy pattern of life with its regular moments had gone: no physical church to mark the Sunday, horror of horrors Only Connect had finished its run on a Monday so nothing to mark that evening, no going to the gym three times a week, no midweek Communion at Albany! (Insert your own routines to replace mine!)
Now a few weeks later I am still totally confused as to what day of the week it is and apparently I am not the only one; one of the top searches on Google (other search engines are available!) is ‘What day of the week is it?’
Well assuming the wonderful John Birch has posted this on the day I think he will today is Tuesday. It’s the second of June 2020. Two days after Pentecost. Two days after we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit in what sounded like a violent wind and what seemed to be tongues of fire.
We read in Acts 2’ When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.’ (NIV)
Before this moment I guess those disciples must have felt just a bit like us. Confused certainly, for a large part they had been behind closed doors which is so familiar to us at the moment; apprehensive of the future despite all they had learnt at the feet of Jesus and seen him do. Of course they had been there at the Ascension but even that had left them staring into space and, to paraphrase’ saying ‘Where the heck has he gone?’ to each other. I guess for a while they would have needed to check ‘what day of the week it was’
Then the Spirit blows its course, as promised into their midst. Things would, could never be the same again. In their new changed reality they began to preach boldly, and to proclaim the Good News of the Risen Jesus to any, and all, who would listen. The early Church grew exponentially, and spread literally like wildfire.
Even though I struggle knowing which day of the week it is now I have been amazed at the way in which the Church is growing today in new ways as the Spirit is once more moving in our Land. The sheer number of people engaging with our online worship and study has thrilled me and shows us the Spirit is still moving.
Today God is moving and our joy is to see the new things he is doing. Lets not lock ourselves behind metaphorical doors but follow him with joy and anticipation.
What day is it today? The Day to say Come Holy Spirit, Come.
A golden oldie of a hymn that seemed appropriate as a prayer as well!
StF 444 Day by Day