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Sunday is a commemoration and celebration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit by
the early church. John the Baptist prophesied of the first Pentecost when Jesus
would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11).
Jesus confirmed this prophecy with the promise of the Holy Spirit to the
disciples inJohn 14:26.
He showed Himself to these people after His death on the cross and His
resurrection, giving convincing proofs that He was alive. Jesus told the
disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit, from
whom they would receive power to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts
After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the men returned to Jerusalem and joined
together in prayer in an upper room. On the Day of Pentecost, just as promised,
the sound of a violent wind filled the house and tongues of fire came to rest on
each of them and all were filled with the Holy Spirit. They were given the power
of communication, which Peter used to begin the ministry for which Jesus had
prepared him. After the coming of the Holy Spirit, the disciples did not stay in
the room basking in God’s glory but burst out to tell the world. This was the
beginning of the church as we know it.
in many Christian churches, Pentecost Sunday is celebrated to recognize the gift
of the Holy Spirit, realizing that God’s very life, breath and energy live in
believers. During this service,John 20:19-23may
be the core of the message about our risen Savior supernaturally appearing to
the fear-laden disciples. Their fear gave way to joy when the Lord showed them
His hands and side. He assured them peace and repeated the command given in Matthew
saying, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Then He breathed on
them, and they received the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-23).
celebration of Pentecost Sunday reminds us of the reality that we are all have
the unifying Spirit that was poured out upon the first-century church in Acts
It is a reminder that we are co-heirs with Christ, to suffer with Him that we
may also be glorified with Him; that the manifestation of the Spirit is given
for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7);
that we are all baptized by one Spirit into one body (1 Corinthians 12:13);
and that the Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead lives inside believers (Romans
This gift of the Holy Spirit that was promised and given to all believers on the
first Pentecost is promised for you and your children and for all who are far
off whom the Lord our God will call (Acts 2:39).
Dear Heavenly Father
Dear Heavenly Father,
Trinity Sunday is a moveable feast celebrating the Holy Trinity
As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we
think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering
grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection. May the members of our armed forces be supplied
with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each
task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.
In the name of Jesus. Amen. ~ Anonymous
Trinity Sunday is
a moveable feast celebrating
the Holy Trinity, the
Christian belief that God is Three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit—and yet One God. Trinity Sunday falls one week after Pentecost
Sunday, but since the date of Pentecost Sunday depends on the date of Easter,
which changes every year, Trinity Sunday falls on a different date each year
you're a visitor on Long Beach Island. Perhaps you're a permanent resident of
the Island. Maybe you haven't been in Church for a while and would like to start
back. Whatever is going on in your life, you are welcome at Holy Innocents. Your
past affiliations don't mean nearly as much to us as your present affiliation with us.
Come join us.
9:30am Holy Eucharist
8:00am Lectionary Study Group ~ All invited
at noon Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
Update on our work in Equatorial Guinea
Update on our work in
Since August we have had seven new additions to Bome village and are expecting two more in
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April. The newest baby has demonstrated the true meaning of "it takes a village." Born to a severely
mentally disabled mother and weighing only 4 pounds at birth, she is being cared for by multiple moms
and doing well.
We continue to provide clothes, blankets, and baby supplies to the mothers and their newborns
while weighing them weekly and addressing any medical needs. This year we have brought thirtyeight infants, toddlers, and children into the Hess doctor for everything from scabies to (of course
and mainly) malaria.
English lessons continue and school materials, supplies and uniforms are supplied to those in need.
On the health and hygiene side, we continue to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and vitamins.
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SPRING CARD PARTY & LUNCHEON
11:30am ~ Friday, May 17, 2013, Martin Hall
Donation $18.00 Door Prizes
Tickets are available through the church office ~ 609 492-7571 ~
If mailing in your request, please provide a self addressed stamped envelope for the return of your tickets
The Holy Innocents
Street, between Atlantic and Beach Avenues
Haven, Long Beach Island, New Jersey 08008
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“One World ~ a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief”
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Capital Singers of Trenton and Trenton Community Singers in concert!
May, 19 4 PM Church of the Holy Innocents
All proceeds to benefit Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Tuckerton
All Saints Church (Episcopal) Bay Head
Free Will offering – please join us!
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The mission of the United Thank Offering is to expand the circle of thankful people. To achieve this mission
we encourage daily prayers, offerings, and an awareness of the abundance of God’s blessings. Every
penny of your thank offering goes to support grants for ministries here in the United States and overseas.
May 5th will be Holy Innocents’ United Thank Offering Ingathering Sunday. The diocesan United
Thank Offering Ingathering will be held Tuesday, May 14th, 2013, at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton.
If you would like to attend, please call Ruth McLaughlin at 492-8135.
Communion at Home If you are ill and would like to have a Eucharistic
minister bring you communion at home
Are you in the habit of paying
your household bills online via your checking or savings account?
Why not consider electronic funds transfer (EFT)
from your bank account as a convenient and reliable way to make your periodic
We already have several members that have taken advantage of electronic
you are interested in this option for your pledge, contact your banking
institution for details on how to set up a recurring payment schedule to
send your contributions to Holy Innocents.
If you are ill and would like to
have a Eucharistic minister bring you
communion at home, please call the
Church Office at 609-492-7571, and
let Cathy know. We will arrange for someone to bring you communion.