Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.
The Holy Spirit gives us strength to endure the unreasonable hatred and evil in our world and the hostility many have toward Christ. This is especially comforting for those facing persecution. Jesus uses two names for the Holy Spirit – Helper and Spirit of Truth. The word Helper conveys the helping, encouraging and strengthening work of the Spirit. Spirit of Truth points to the teaching, illuminating and reminding work of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit ministers to both the head and the heart, and both dimensions are important.
In His last moments with His disciples Jesus warned them about further persecution, told them where, when and why He was going and assured them they would not be left alone, but that the Spirit would come. Jesus knew what lay ahead and He did not want their faith shaken. God also wants us to know that we are never alone. We too, have the Holy Spirit who lives within us to comfort us, teach us the truth and enable us to carry out the work He is calling us to do.