Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Pray for a New a Pentecost.
The Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church began with a prayer for a “New Pentecost.” The Holy Spirit was poured out on that first Pentecost and continues to be poured out on, on, in and through the Church – for the sake of her mission in the world. Pentecost was and is the birthday of the Church. The Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church and the source of her power for mission.
We need to pray for a New Pentecost for the WHOLE Christian Church in this hour! We need more of the Holy Spirit for the work of the New Evangelization within the Church. Only an empowered Church can effectively take the Christian mission to the whole world. We need to pray for our Country, United Arab Emirates, in a special way for our Rulers and people. Because of our visionary rulers, in UAE we are enjoying full religious freedom, people are staying here with peace and harmony. We need another outpouring of holy spirit for more prosperity and peace in the region.
We each need to be Baptized afresh in the Holy Spirit in order to take our role as a member of the Body of Christ in this new missionary age. The whole Christian Church needs to rise in this hour with the same power with which she transformed the world of the first centuries.
“When the day of Pentecost came……all were filled with Holy Spirit……” Acts 2: 1-4. The Spirit comes to give life to the church. Though we have received the Holy Spirit at our confirmation, yet we need to constantly stir up the Spirit within us to make us bold to proclaim the power of the risen Lord. The Holy Spirit gives power in our weaknesses. We do not have the power within ourselves to live a Christian life. The Holy Spirit helps us in our struggle. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
CCR started its activities in UAE from mid-80a’s and we have grown up in multidimensional directions with many language groups other associated groups now working under the patronage of His Excellency Bishop Paul Hinder under the umbrella of National Charismatic Service Team (NCST). As newly elected chairman I know that we must grow more in Holy Spirit towards the maturity level of Jesusa’s discipleship. CCR members should play more vital role to bring unity among all denominations and culture in our parish. As Holy Father Pope Francis indicated during the CCR Golden Jubilee Celebrations in Vatican, we have a greater role to play for Ecumenism between other Christian communities in and around us.
This is year UAE CCR is going to host ISAO Conference by the end of 2018, and definitely it is a golden chance to strengthen our streams and groups in the post CCR Golden Jubilee Era.
Dear Brothers and sisters, let us keep all apprehensions and ambiguities aside and pray for a new life, a new beginning, a new Pentecost in UAE CCR.
Thanking you and assuring you my cooperation, and intercession for all of you.
Jolly George ( Jo Kavalam)
Chairman, National Service Team of the CCR in UAE
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