“They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.” (Acts 16:6-10)
The Holy Spirit wants to guide your life. In the Book of Acts, after Pentecost, the Holy Spirit guides the disciples in their new vocation to bear witness to the resurrection of Jesus. Paul experienced this guidance both as God blocking his path when he was going in the wrong direction and opening doors to send him in the right direction. God still does that today, when we are “tuned in” to the Holy Spirit and sincerely ask for guidance.
In the passage above, the Holy Spirit’s guidance occurred at a critical transition in Paul’s missionary efforts, propelling him into Europe with the Gospel. It is especially helpful to pray for God’s direction when we are facing major transitions in life. With that in mind, I want to ask you to pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance for our brothers and sisters who are in transition:
1. Our graduating seniors. We are so proud of our seniors as they begin a new journey of education and growth, often away from home for the first time. Let’s pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance for these young persons:
2. Rev. Vicky and Joe Peters. Vicky and Joe have blessed our lives and Trinity’s mission for 13 years. Let’s pray for them as they prepare for the adventure of their retirement! Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 31, Rev. Peters’ last Sunday with us. We will have a special banquet after the worship services that day.
3. Rev. David and Sarah Johnson. David will be joining our staff as a new associate pastor on July 1, having just graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Sarah is a registered nurse, and they have two beautiful young children. Let’s pray for them as they prepare for this significant new stage of their lives and ministry.
The Holy Spirit wants to guide our lives. Jesus is calling you and me to follow him, step by step, so that we can become disciples who share with others the Good News of new life in Christ!
Grace and peace,
Trinity United Methodist Church
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