May 31, 2020 Dear Sisters and brothers, Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place” (Acts 2:1). Today is Pentecost Sunday and unfortunately it will not be possible for all the members of our congregation to be “all together in one place” this year. While some restrictions are being lifted for churches, the ongoing threat of the Covid-19 global pandemic will require that we return to church in a way that is measured and mindful of the needs of the most vulnerable among us. While some may begin to attend public worship in person, we know that some will need to continue to worship at home for some time. Let us give thanks, then, for the promise of our faith—that the Lord God will bless and keep us, the Risen Christ is with us, and the Holy Spirit connects us with believers near and far. As our Church Sunday worship service begins to resume, in person, please know that we will do so by following the guidelines of the authorities, in the spirit of constant prayer, and with full trust in the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTbJmCTqgkg Definitely, there will be awkward moments as we adjust to new protocols and practices. There will be times of frustration and disappointment. But at the same time, we will have countless opportunities to exercise the spiritual gifts of patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. At the same time, there will also be blessings. There will be miracles, wonderful surprises and moments of deep satisfaction. We will get to see glimpses of what God is doing, even during this pandemic time. We will have opportunities to taste the spiritual gifts of love, joy, peace, generosity, and faithfulness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDYjn-YdnD4 Therefore, Let us continue loving God and one another. Let us be faithful to God and to one another. Let us continue be guided by God’s Word, responsive to God’s Holy Spirit, and open to the Grace of God. Let us always remember that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus. Amen. “BLESSED PENTECOST” With best wishes and prayers Rev. Serop Megerditchian – Senior Pastor Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church Pasadena
HOLY SPIRIT, LIVING BREADTH OF GOD
“Holy Spirit, living Breath of God, Breathe new life into my willing soul. Bring the presence of the risen Lord
To renew my heart and make me whole. Cause Your Word to come alive in me; Give me faith for what I cannot see; Give me passion for Your purity.
Holy Spirit, breathe new life in me.
Holy Spirit, come abide within; May Your joy be seen in all I do— Love enough to cover every sin
In each thought and deed and attitude, Kindness to the greatest and the least, Gentleness that sows the path of peace. Turn my striving into works of grace. Breath of God, show Christ in all I do.
Holy Spirit, from creation’s birth, Giving life to all that God has made, Show Your power once again on earth;
Cause Your church to hunger for Your ways.
Let the fragrance of our prayers arise.
Lead us on the road of sacrifice That in unity the face of Christ
Will be clear for all the world to see.
Note: Attached you will find two messages on Pentecost (English and Armenian), by Rev. Dr. Vahan Tootikian (Executive Director of the Armenian Evangelical World Council).