WATCH: The Spirit of Pentecost: a short film
Friday 17th May 2013Watch Archbishop Justin and others reflecting on Pentecost and its meaning for the Church today
The Archbishop of Canterbury says the Holy Spirit “gives us a love for the world around us, and the capacity to both speak and act in a way that is revolutionary," in a short film produced by Lambeth Palace and released two days before Pentecost.
Archbishop Justin adds that the Holy Spirit “draws Christians from very different background and tradition together, in a body that loves one another”.
Alongside the Archbishop, the film features Joel Edwards, international director of Micah Challenge, the Revd Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich, and Holy Trinity Brompton’s Hayley Bisosfky, who works with women who have been victims of sex trafficking.
The Feast of Pentecost, which falls 50 days after Easter Sunday and 10 days after Ascension Day, celebrates the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the apostles – an event often considered to have been the birth of the Church. At the moment of Pentecost, God pours out his Spirit on men and women, young and old, slave and free.
In the film, Joel Edwards says the Christian community created at Pentecost is one where “everybody counts and everybody has a purpose, and there is nobody marginalised, nobody excluded”.
He adds that Pentecost, which this year falls on 19 May, is not just about remembering God’s birth in the Church, but about remembering the empowering effects of his Spirit. Pentecost “thrusts us out into the world to deal with differences, to embrace diversity in common purpose,” he says.
Revd Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich, says most of the social action in Norwich “happens through the churches”. “I see the Holy Spirit at work today when I see men, and women, and children growing in confidence in their faith and reaching the point where their faith means so much to them that they just simply live it out,” she says.
At the end of the short film, Archbishop Justin calls for “a renewal of prayer and love for one another in the Church, because then people will see who Jesus is just in our lives”.
He concludes: “For me, the message is constantly coming back and saying, ‘Fill me with your Holy Spirit,’ asking God that we might receive the Holy Spirit individually and in the whole Church. Then we might see the work of the Spirit in the world around us and cooperate with that work.”