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When Pentecost Came…

When Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind [and] all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… (excerpts from Acts 2:1-4)

This past Sunday evening, about seventy-five folks from six Oak Cliff congregations gathered for a time of worship and testimony at Lake Cliff Park.  The time together was sweet and the sharing was encouraging.  God is at work in Oak Cliff!

Plan now to join us next year for the 2013 Oak Cliff Pentecost Festival – Sunday, May 19!  Until then, enjoy the photos and join the prayers!

Our Declaration of Faith & Prayer

We are God’s holy people, brothers and sisters in Christ. May God our Father give us His grace and peace.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for each other.  We thank him because of our faith in Jesus and our love for all of God’s people.  Our faith and love is based on the hope we have, that is stored up for us in heaven. We are talking about the good news that has come to us, that is bearing fruit and growing all over the world.

For this reason, we will not stop praying.  We ask God to fill us with the knowledge of what he wants.  We pray that He will give us spiritual wisdom and understanding. We pray that we will lead a life that is worthy of the Lord.

We pray that we will please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing to know Him better, being strengthened in his glorious power – full of endurance and patience.  And giving joyful thanks to the Father.  For He has made us fit to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light!

Now to him who is able to do far more than we could ever ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Give him glory in the church and in Christ Jesus.  Give him glory throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

(Excerpts from Colossians 1:2-12, Ephesians 3:20-21)

Sweet, Sweet Fellowship

Oil and Butter!  How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!  It is like precious oil… – Psalm 133:1-2

Beat Until Combined.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one —  I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. – John 17:22-23

Final Step: Icing!  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. – Colossians 3:14

Cake, Anyone?  And the Lord appeared unto Abraham… three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground.  And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, “Make ready some cakes upon the hearth!” – Genesis 18:1-6

 

While most of us don’t need extra incentive to enjoy sweets, Scripture is pretty clear that God delights in the unity of His Body.

Therefore, we are encouraging everyone coming to the Oak Cliff Pentecost Festival to bring a dessert to share.

Homemade ice cream.  Cakes.  Paletas.  Pie.  Cookies.  Fudge.  Angel Food.  Fruit.  Churros.  

Come ready to share and to enjoy the sweetness of our fellowship with Him and with each other!

Calling All Musicians! No Audition Required!

Jesus declared, “…the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

– John 4:23-24

A week from Sunday, May 20, is the Oak Cliff Pentecost Festival. We’ll gather at Lake Cliff Park from 4:00pm until 8:00pm for food, fun, worship, and sharing. We’ll gather around the idea that all in the Body of Christ have been empowered by the Holy Spirit with unique giftings that are meant to be shared (see 1 Cor 12:7, 1 Cor 14:26, Eph 4:7…).

Therefore, we are encouraging everyone to bring a “gift to share” – a “spiritual” or, believing all of life is sacred, a not so “spiritual” way to bless others. Poets and storytellers could bring a reading. Those with gifts of organizing could put together a game of ultimate Frisbee. Face painting, manicures, watercolors, kite flying, juggling, etc. We’ll have a prayer tent where intercessors can pray for the gathering, Oak Cliff, participants’ needs, and/or for those we meet in the park. Evangelists might want to bring some Bibles or bottles of water to share with those in the park. No boundaries – just fun, life, and sharing!

In particular, we want all musicians, and not just the “pros”, to bring their instruments. That means everyone: worship teams, junior high band members, harmonica players, and even kazoos are welcome! From 4:00-6:00pm, we’re encouraging the musicians to serenade us in the park, wander and serve as Spirit-filled minstrels.

During this time, we’ll also “rehearse”, so that this eclectic collective might lead us in worship around 6:00pm. Anne Strickland, a friend and gifted musician, has agreed to lead this endeavor. Toward that purpose, she has picked some simple and hopefully recognizable songs (see email below).

Please forward this info to your musicians so that they can come with some idea of the plan. Feel free to contact Anne if you have any questions (2annestrickland@gmail.com). We are believing that the Oak Cliff Pentecost Band will model something special and lead us into a rich time of open-air, public, and unified worship!

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Link to music and chord charts: Songs_For_Pentecost  (The packet includes chords and a notated melody at some different transpositions.  These transpositions don’t cover every single instrument, but we’ll figure out a way to include whatever comes our way. If the provided melody doesn’t work for them and they want to improvise, we’ll work that out.)

Here are links to the lesser-known songs:

What is Pentecost?

Pentecost is an event in the Bible and celebration of the Christian Church.  It commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit and is considered the beginning or “birthday” of the Church.  Here is the narrative from the Christian Scriptures:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place…

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.  Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? …we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “… this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams… And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”

For the rest of the story, read Acts 2:1-47 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%202%20&version=NIV)

Oak Cliff Pentecost Festival

Giving joyful thanks…sharing with His people – Colossians 1:12

• Who: The People of God and Body of Christ in Oak Cliff
• What: Celebrating the Spirit together through food, fun, music, art, and prayer
• When: Sunday, May 20 ▪ 4pm to 8pm
• Where: Lake Cliff Park  [in North Oak Cliff | Colorado & Zang]
• How: Come ready to receive and with a gift to share!

Music   +   Games   +   Art   +   Prayer   +   Fun   +   Picnic

Bring a picnic, camp chairs, musical instruments, games, art supplies, & a blessing to share!

Check back for more details!

For more information, contact joelpulis [at] bodyoakcliff.net 

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