Love Grows Here

A message from Pastor Sherry

Pastor Sherry Morrison-Russell

Pastor Sherry

A couple from a jungle in Africa arrived in Kingston, Ontario, and were given a fully equipped home to live in. They were handed the keys, but no one thought of explaining about the electrical appliances. During the month of July they went to bed when it got dark and rose with the sun. They collected wood and were able to cook in the fireplace. They found water came from the taps, and they did their washing in the kitchen, and dried their clothes on the line.

But by November they were cold, miserable and very frightened. Happily some friends came to visit, found the house in darkness and they flicked on the lights. They showed the couple how they could set the thermostat to heat the house and use the electric stove for cooking.

The next week they learned about the washer and dryer, the vacuum cleaner, how to answer the telephone and dial their friends. The television helped them find out about Canada, and how people survived the Canadian winter.

That story illustrates the huge change that took place on the Day of Pentecost. “Suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a mighty wind and it filled the entire house” (Acts 2:2). The couple from Africa discovered that they were living in a house in which they were free to enjoy light, and heat, and the many appliances needed for the Canadian winter. But the Pharisees and other religious leaders of the day had never told people all that God had for them. On the Day of Pentecost the early Christians began to experience the light and power available to them by the power of the Holy Spirit.

—Robert Brow, “Electricity: A parable for Pentecost,” June 8, 2003, Model Theology Web Page, brow.on.ca

Join us this weekend as we celebrate Pentecost Then and Now. As this is also Memorial Day weekend feel free to wear red white and blue with emphasis on the red. We will recognize all graduates next weekend so please send us your information as soon as possible. We will celebrate Marriage Renewal, summer story time and have a Car Wash on June 7. Have a great holiday weekend.

Yours in Christ at Cross,

Pastor Sherry