This illustration is a meditation upon the power, strength and energy of the Holy Spirit
as it burst across the universe and streamed into the place where the disciples were
gathered. They were a frightened and confused group of men, waiting, as Jesus had
told them... And how bringing love, joy, knowledge and excitement the Holy Spirit
touched each one of them with such might and energy that they were instantly able to
jump up and down and shout for joy in many languages about the love of God.
In Acts 2v1-4 the Bible tells us:-
‘On the day of Pentecost all the believers were gathered together in one place.
Suddenly there was a noise from the sky like a strong wind blowing and it filled all the
house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like tongues of fire spread out and
touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk
in many different languages as the Holy Spirit enabled them to speak.’
The banner design:-
- incorporates an echo of the stable where God came to earth in the form of a
baby and lived amongst us, Jesus. The gospels tell us about His life and teachings.
The cross reminds us of his sufferings. That he died for us so that own sins might
- The design has many colours and shades, hurrying, twisting, echoing the many
facets of the Holy Spirit, the gifts he has for us, the love, support and comfort. The
black lines weave across the colours sometimes with them sometimes not. The
bible tells us the Holy Spirit is like the wind – we know not where he comes from
or where he goes.
Now we come to the 21st Century.
- Look at the top of the banner again. The shape is not a stable roof but an echo
of our own church window to its right. Move your eyes slowly downwards – the
design shows the energy ‘flowing out’ of the banner for the Holy Spirit has never
stopped flowing and the message has never stopped spreading since Peter stood
up on the first Pentecost morning and spoke the Good News in Jerusalem.
Acts 2v39 Peter says “for God’s promise was made to you and your children, and
to all who are far away – all of whom the Lord God calls to himself”.
- This message, this power, this love has been passed down throughout 2000 years
to us today, now. It is the same message of love, joy, peace and comfort and is for
all peoples everywhere.