Message from Pastor Jon

  Message from Pastor Jon  
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,

I was so pleased to welcome new members last Sunday. One of the things we emphasize to all inquirers and new members of Ark and Dove is spiritual gifts. We strongly believe that God's Spirit gives us all certain talents and abilities for ministry. We have a spiritual gifts inventory to help you identify those abilities and put them to work at Ark and Dove. (Please contact me if you would like to take the inventory.) God has put a creative Spirit within us to pursue God's dream for this world!

This Sunday we celebrate the giving of this Spirit in worship. Pentecost Sunday is a special celebration that reaffirms God's living and active Spirit in and among us. It is the occasion that we remember God's Spirit is upon the people of God. From the book of Numbers, we are told that God's Spirit not only rested upon Moses but on all the elders. In the book of Joel, the Holy Spirit is said to be upon all generations. And in the book of Acts, the Spirit descends not only on the Jews of Jerusalem, but also upon people of all nations. God sends the Holy Spirit to all of us!

This is why Pentecost is such a celebration: God's Spirit is poured out upon us all, inspiring us to live and work in the world in faith, hope, and love. We are all uniquely gifted to bring God's goodness to this church, this community, and this world. Pentecost is a reminder that we all have the power and ability to pray well, take on leadership at Ark and Dove, and fully participate in mission and ministry.

To that end, I invite you to an interest meeting regarding Vacation Bible School after the 11 am worship service. VBS is a great way for us to put our time and talents to work for our community. 

I invite you to join us this Sunday to reaffirm the Spirit in you and to recall those special gifts God has given you for the sake of the world.
Pastor Jon