On Sunday 8th of May 2016, again another adoption took place. Originally it would have been two Spanish speaking guests who had wished to be adopted. Unfortunately one of them had to work. However, we still can be glad about that because in this case this adoption will take place at a later point.
Our District Evangelist Lujan served with the word out of John 14, verse 16: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever…”
He mentioned that the promise given by Jesus in this text word was fulfilled at Pentecost. After that you can always hear that the Holy Spirit accompanied the first Christians and helped them in many ways. He mentioned that although the Apostles were threatened while preaching the Gospel they were strengthened by the Holy Spirit to continue doing so. We also could experience to be socially cut off if we live according to the Gospel. However we do not bow down to this spirit of fear but open the way for the work of the Holy Spirit! The District Evangelist also talked about two forces which are active within us: The Holy Spirit but also the Spirit of below.
In regards to these words the Evangelist said in his serving that the so called “Zeitgeist” exist which was created by men often having special personal interests in the back of their minds. The Holy Spirit however, was given by God with the single interest which is to bring us closer to God. What a difference! In this spirit we can trust. The Rector said that it is us sitting in the bench at that very moment who decide which of these two spirits is active within us, in other words we, and only we alone, are the decision makers.
At the end the guest was adopted and a beautiful Divine Service which touched our hearts came to an end.