Welcome to "The Gift of Pentecost," a special 10-minute offering for you in celebration of Pentecost and the birthday of the church. This has been created by the leadership of DisciplesNet Church for our DisciplesNet members and friends around the world, and for all others who would be blessed in sharing the reminders of the special gift of wholeness that first came to the disciples at Pentecost.
We've chose a scripture that is important to us in our work at DisciplesNet church, John 13:34-35. On our video look for this verse read by individuals in nine decades of life, in 15 languages, and covering five continents.
Background for the readings are the instrumental and voice recordings of "The Gift of Love," performed by Dean Phelps, with opportunity we hope you will take to join in singing the verses.
Some special offerings on this are readings by general staff members of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, who helped out by reading for us. This includes Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, Rev. Dr. Geunhee Yu (NAPAD), and Rev. Charlie Wallace of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada, and Rev. Ilumbe Ndjongo, PSP Mbandaka District, Communitè des Disciples du Christ au Congo) and Rosette Matezolo, Chair of the Indiana-Mbandaka Partnership Committee, CDCC). We are deeply indebted to all of our readers; for some, participating on this was done with conviction, and names used or not used by request.
Special thanks to Susan McNeely and Bob Shaw with help in recording this on three continents, and on their recent trip to Congo as part of the partnership with the Indiana Region and Mbandaka district (Congo) of Disciples of Christ, and to VJ Stover for sharing his photos from this trip. Still, we couldn't include all countries, and apologize if you don't get to hear your native language...maybe next year we will be able to include more!
We pray that you will be blessed by sharing in this time with us, and give thanks to God for bringing us together in this one place on this special time called Pentecost. May Pentecost and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit live in you beyond this day or the viewing of this video, into each and every day of your life.
Peace and grace,
Rev. Deborah Phelps,
PO Box 17790
Indianapolis, IN 46217