June 2014

Post date: May 28, 2014 6:55:40 PM

Dads and Grads

Dads and Grads: that’s the familiar saying for the month of June. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th this year and many graduations take place in June, although my Nephew Tyler Hickman graduated from WSU way back on May 10th. For the first time in my life I’m a dad who also has a grad. My Son Kyle will be graduating along with the Ellensburg High Class of 2014 on June 6th. As many of you already know, graduation is a big milestone in life for young people and their parents. Kyle will be working this summer and then off to Cheney, WA to attend EWU. My Son Steven plans to do one more year at EHS and continue working through Elmview and then graduate in 2015.

Graduations are usually called “commencement exercises.” To commence means to begin or to start. It’s the end of high school or college for graduates, but the commencement of a whole new chapter in life.

On June 8th this year we celebrate the third major festival in the church year: Pentecost. Fifty days after his resurrection from death, our Savior Jesus sends “another Advocate”: the Holy Spirit to be with his disciple friends. In John 14:16 Jesus says, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.” Pentecost is Jesus fulfilling that promise.

The gift of the Holy Spirit is the commencement, the beginning of the church. The Holy Spirit empowers Jesus’ followers to become witnesses of his life, death and resurrection. The Holy Spirit gives Jesus’ friends the language and the boldness to share with other people in word and deed the love and lasting life of Jesus. In Acts chapter 2, the rush of the mighty wind/spirit (same word in Greek), the tongues of fire and the speaking and hearing of the mighty acts of God among people from many nations are all part of that first Pentecost miracle. The Holy Spirit is still giving us and all believers the words and will and courage to do that today.

As someone has said, we are not all Pentecostal Christians, but we are all Pentecost Christians. We are all empowered by the Holy Spirit, ever since our baptism, to share the love of Jesus in word and in deed.

Serving God and neighbor with you, Pastor Dennis