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Faith Lutheran Church
Ground Breaking Ceremony
5706 E County Road 100 N • Avon, IN 46123
Welcome to Faith Lutheran Church
(Serving the Community Since 1947)
We invite you to gather with us to participate in worship, fellowship, and service to our neighbors.
|Sunday mornings at Faith
9:00am – Sunday School and Adult Forum
10:30am – Worship
11:30am – Fellowship
Tuesday, 7:00pm – SonRise Bible Study
Our Food Pantry is open the 3rd Saturday of the month, 9:00-11:00am and in emergencies.
Join us on our journey to learn about and do God’s work in the Avon community and the world. We will celebrate with you, laugh with you, cry with you and grow with you. All part of the life of a child of God.
Faith’s welcome mat is always out.
Let us all Love, Serve and Gather in Christ.
From Our Pastor
It’s that time of year again! We are on the verge of the festival of Pentecost – May 24th. Unlike Christmas we don’t prepare by placing trees in our homes or decorating our homes with lights and shopping for gifts. Unlike Easter we don’t prepare by dying eggs, holding egg hunts and filling baskets with chocolate bunnies. In fact we don’t prepare at all. Even though we as a society do not prepare for Pentecost, it is still a busy season. It’s often around the season of proms, graduations and weddings… and I would be remiss if I forgot the Indy 500. It is a season of Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day. It is a season of shopping for bathing suits, shorts and sandals. It is a season of day trips and vacations.
On the day of Pentecost Jesus’ disciples of Jesus were busy too. They had spent 40 days with the risen Jesus then witnessed his ascension. They had an election to replace Judas as an apostle and ten days after Jesus had ascended they were gathered together in one place when the Holy Spirit descended upon them in the form of tongues of fire. This was a final moment, a turning point in their lives in which there could be no going back. From the Last Supper to the Day of Pentecost the disciples of Jesus had been on an emotional roller coaster bouncing between disbelieving, grief, and joy. The giving of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was a sign of the fulfillment of the kingdom that is to come in Jesus name. The festival of Pentecost was originally a Jewish festival. It was a harvest festival commemorating the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mt. Sinai 50 days after the exodus from Egypt (Pentecost means 50 days in Greek).
Now this harvest celebration commemorates a new harvest, the harvest of those coming to faith in Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Now this commemoration of the giving of Ten Commandments also helps us commemorate the new commandment given to us at the Last Supper. Even though we don’t prepare for this festival, the Holy Spirit prepares for us. The Holy Spirit’s power and presence was given to us to share Jesus’ new commandment of love with the world. The festival of Pentecost and the season that follows celebrate the Holy Spirit’s activity with and in us. As we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, let us remember that festivals and celebrations are not the only things transformed through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, but sinners and lives are transformed as well. Through your Baptism into Christ, the Holy Spirit has come upon you giving you the power to live a new life in Christ. Our response then perhaps is the post-communion hymn from the Lutheran Book of Worship that I grew up singing:
Thank the Lord and sing his praise,
tell everyone what God has done.
Let all who seek the Lord rejoice
and proudly bear his name.