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                                                  June Newsletter

Brothers and Sisters
         As we go to Press with the June Newsletter, the season of Easter is quickly coming to an end.  On Sunday, June 5th our church and churches all over the world will come together to worship and honor the day, we call Pentecost.  That blessed day, over 2,000 years ago, when God; by the sacred power of the Holy Spirit, poured out his Spirit upon the world!           

          In the “coming” of the Holy Spirit, God broke down all the dividing lines that once separated Jew from Gentile.  Roman from Greek.  Rich from the poor. Even free folks from oppressed slaves! There in Acts 2:1-2, 4  God said:   

        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.

        All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a
] as the Spirit enabled them.
         This theme of “Unity” in God and Christ, is also evident in our Gospel lesson for this coming Sunday, May 29th.  In our reading from John 17:20-26 Jesus, likewise, prays for “unity” among the diversity of his disciples and followers. I love how Jesus stated in verses 20-21, and I quote: 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
          Brothers and Sisters. That line in verse 21, should always “haunt” we believers.  The Lord said: “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”  Both in ancient times as well as now. The goal and dream of Christian unity, is still much needed, and worthy of our efforts.  Now more than ever.

          As I sat and “penned” this article, it was “Primary Election” day all over America. Given the bitter divisive discord I both saw and heard, on tv and radio.  I found myself thinking how important and needed it is, for our church to continue to welcome any and all into our fellowship, worship and missions work.
       
          God knows, we cannot heal all the divisions and sociopolitical arguments and issues that separate we Americans.  Yet, by the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, we can, in an ongoing way, continue to let our “Christian lights shine”, here atop the Fremont Hill.  One of the hymns I chose for the May 29th service, speaks directly to the very “heart and soul” of Christ’s desire, that “we all may be one”. The Hymn is entitled, “They’ll know we are Christians by our Love”.  The opening verse speaks powerfully to the prayer and hope for Christian unity, Jesus spoke of in the prayer from John 17:20-21.  Verse one of the Hymn states:
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord And we pray that all unity may one day be restored And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love Yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.            

         Brothers and Sisters, go forth in the month of June and seek to continue to “love and serve others” in Christ’s name.  And remember, we never walk alone in our love and service on behalf of Christ and the Church.  The “Paraclete” of Holy Spirit, is always walking alongside us.  By faith, we can and are, “One in Christ”.  As we carry on our work and witness here at church and even in our personal lives of faith.

                                                       Peace be with you all,
                                                                  Pastor Jeff