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June 2022

Summer Days after Pentecost 

by Pastor Benjamin Dolby
All Saints Lutheran Church

The month of June is a momentous time of activity every year. Graduation celebrations, vacations, the start of summer, and of most importance: the Season after Pentecost. I am eager to give you food for thought and action items for you to practice this summer. 

The Day of Pentecost, according to the Treasury of Daily Prayer is all about this: The Church lives and moves and has her being through the gracious inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Without God’s Spirit, no one could come to Christ or believe in him. The fifty-day celebration of Easter ends with this joyous festival. The risen and ascended Savior has sent the Holy Spirit to be our Sanctifier, entering our hearts at Holy Baptism, nurturing us through the Word, and enabling us to understand the Gospel and to live a life that honors God and serves our neighbor. 

We live in a time that is after that epic day of Pentecost 2,000 years ago. What will we do with the knowledge that the Holy Spirit is taking care of us and enabling us to honor God and serve our neighbor through the Gospel? 

Summer is indeed a time to relax, rejuvenate, and refresh ourselves as we take advantage of the beautiful weather, near or far. What does it look like to be a Christian, filled with the joy of the Gospel, enabled by the Holy Spirit, during the months of June, July, and August? What energy are we going to spend concerning the task, nay, the lifestyle of honoring God and serving our neighbor in the name of Jesus Christ, especially during our summer vacation?! 

I recently came across a fitting Bible passage by a member of All Saints as it pertains to the energy we receive from the Holy Spirit to be about the work and desire of our Saving God. And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the energy (working) of his great might. – Ephesians 1:19 

As Lutherans and students of Holy Scripture in general, we may be more comfortable with “working” instead of energy. The Greek word, “energeian” expresses the idea of what God’s Spirit provides: “energy” alongside “working” of the Holy Spirit. This summer is not a question of whether we will have the “energy” or the “time” or the “opportunity” to honor God and serve our neighbor; but rather, will we properly use this energy given to us in the Holy Spirit and be God-pleasing with our actions this summer? Or, will we squander the free gift given to us and entrusted to our care? May we choose and live wisely! 

The month of June begins a momentous season of the year. I pray that this summer we take time to marvel at, rejoice in, and joyfully share the energy of the Holy Spirit in all our interactions in this vacation time. As believers living after the Day of Pentecost, may we be alert to the Holy Spirit’s prompting in Holy Scripture: God takes pleasure in the death of no one apart from him. May our lives reflect that same energy of God’s Spirit as we truly understand the Gospel gift we have received…it is to be shared far and wide while we yet draw breath. May we honor God by serving our neighbor with this gift of undying hope – Jesus has overwhelmed sin, devil, death, and the grave forever! Alleluia and Amen! 

For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live. – Ezekiel 18:32 

Pastor Benjamin Dolby

All Saints Lutheran Church

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