St. Philip's Lutheran Church services and bible classes are canceled until further notice.
Please read re-opening plans included in the worship folder.
Pastor Kimbrough’s Weekly Devotion:
Acts 2:1-13 - PENTECOST
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.7 Utterly amazed, they asked: "Aren't all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs-- we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?" 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine."
My dear brothers and sisters through faith in Jesus Christ. Today is our celebration of “Pentecost”. 50 days after Easter and 10 days after our Lord’s ascension, the disciples were all together in Jerusalem for this annual Jewish festival, also known as “the feast of weeks” (Leviticus 23). The apostles were given the gift of “speaking in tongues” so that they could take the message of law and gospel, the message of Jesus Christ crucified and arisen to pay for the sins of mankind, to the people who spoke in those languages.
Hundreds of years earlier, as recorded in the book of Genesis, chapter 11, God had confused the languages of the people of the world. They were giving glory to themselves and their own human abilities by building a tower that was to reach up to the heavens. They had no need for God. They had become their own god. Their languages were confused and the people were separated because of their sin. The first Pentecost scene as recorded by Luke in our text was the undoing of what had taken place at the tower of babel. Now, instead of further confusing their languages and further separating the people, God, the Holy Spirit, was uniting the people of the world with one language. Not the language of sin and selfishness, but the language of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What does this all mean for us today? It means that even though language, culture, tradition, political persuasion may still separate us, it is Jesus Christ who gives us commonality. When each of us confesses our sin, we receive forgiveness and salvation from our gracious and merciful God. We also receive the “gift(s) of the Holy Spirit. For the disciples, that gift was the ability to speak in an unlearned language. In 1 Corinthians, chapter 12, the apostle Paul talks about the many and varied gifts that believers receive. All of these gifts are to be used to proclaim to the world God’s will, not our own.
Therefore, on this day of Pentecost, let’s remember to give praise and honor to God, the Holy Spirit, for bringing us to faith and keeping us in the faith through the means of grace. Let’s also thank Him for giving us gifts, giving us exactly what we need to share Jesus with the people we meet each day.
Pastor Raymond Kimbrough
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Our church still has ongoing ministry to conduct. We assume you will want to continue giving your offerings to the Lord. You may drop your offerings off at the school office, or send it in the mail (3012 N Holton Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212).
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OUR MISSION - Our mission here at St. Philip’s Lutheran is outlined for us in Matthew 28:19: ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them and baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.’ Making disciples includes proclaiming God’s Word in its truth and purity, strengthening the faith of those under our care, and reaching out to the people of our community, (including our unchurched friends and relatives). Let us pray for and work together toward this goal.
OUR SYNOD - St. Philip’s Lutheran is a member of the Wisconsin Lutheran Synod. As a member of the WELS, we support with our time, talents, offerings and prayers the mission of our Synod.
For more information about the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, please visit the WELS web site: www.wels.net