When Pastor Wes and I were brainstorming with Rev. Elder Ken Martin about the topic of our retreat, Ken brought up the fact that the retreat is scheduled just one week before the beginning of the Season of Pentecost. This is a time of empowerment through the Holy Spirit, a time when we focus on how the Spirit enables the people of God to witness Jesus Christ. This is a time to celebrate hope, because of our knowledge that God through the Holy Spirit is at work among us.
In the New Testament, Acts 2 tells of the Holy Spirit coming on the day of Pentecost, which is the 50th day after Jesus’ resurrection. In the last days God said, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people” (Acts 2:17).
All of this led to the creation of the theme for our retreat, “What Happens When the Spirit Comes? Connections!” based on Acts 2:1-21. Rev. Elder Ken Martin divided this topic into four different sessions;
Session 1 – Introduction–Preparing for the Spirit to Come
Session 2 – Communication–A New Way of Connecting with Each Other
Session 3 – Diversity–A New Way of Connecting with God
Session 4 – Transformation–A New Way of Connecting with Self
In the limited space here I can’t even begin to try to give you my thoughts on what we may experience in these sessions at retreat, but I can say how excited I am to learn what Rev. Elder Ken Martin will bring to all of us. As you may be able to tell, I have been reading Acts and several other references to prepare myself for the weekend, and the more I read the more excited I am to learn deeper meanings and truths about connecting through the Spirit. This is going to be such a powerful weekend of worship and a weekend of making connections that will remain with us a lifetime.
In addition to the sessions with Ken, there will be plenty of activities to choose from that will be of interest to everyone attending the retreat. As it gets closer, we will be distributing more information for everyone to plan and prepare for the weekend.
Just as a reminder, final payment is due by next Sunday, April 29, 2012.
When you send your Spirit, new life is born to replenish all the living on the earth. – Psalm 104:30