Hey Friends -

In my most recent class at Pittsburgh Seminary in the Church Planting and Revitalization certificate program we’ve been reading a book on Acts written by the professor, Mark Love, titled, It Seemed Good to Us and the Holy Spirit. It’s spurred me on to go back and read through Acts on my own, and just pay attention.  I feel like I’m seeing some things for the first time all over again…

I’m seeing a church filled with conflicts and struggles.  Imagine that: church people disagreeing, and sometimes having no clue what to do! But the Holy Spirit guides them through.

I’m seeing so much boundary crossing and social barriers being obliterated it’s a little head spinning!  You get the sense that there is no one beyond the embrace of the Triune God, and this is pretty much Assignment #1 for the church, too.  The power of the Holy Spirit pushes and prods.

Perhaps most of all I’m seeing how much the Holy Spirit is at the center of it all – disrupting the religious status quo, bringing a new social order to God’s people – making the kingdom of God about kindom, empowering disciples to love their neighbors and the stranger (the last, the least, the lost), and comforting and strengthening the people of God who get in trouble for following the Jesus Way.

It sure is making me think a lot about what it means to be the church today!

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This Sunday our new Transitional Associate Pastor Jordan Uomoto will be preaching from Luke 8:26-39, the story about the Gerasene demoniac. You might be wondering, what in the world does demon possession and healing have to do with us today? Perhaps more than we think.  Jordan is a gifted communicator who will guide the preaching conversation to help give us eyes to see.

See you Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi