The Archbishop of Canterbury delivered a sobering message Sunday at Winchester Cathedral, just one day after England experienced its second deadly terrorist attack in one week, Christian Today reported.
Archbishop Justin Welby’s sermon was initially supposed to be a joyful one, commemorating the Feast of the Pentecost and the end of the cleric’s 10-day “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer challenge. But in the wake of Saturday evening’s attack, the event appropriately took on a much more somber tone.
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Addressing the crowd of nearly 4,000 people, Welby called the attack that killed seven and injured dozens more “a clear sign of the demonic and chaos” in the world. He then provided an analogy, describing the worldwide Church as “a club, and not a very good one,” without the Holy Spirit.
But, he added, with the Holy Spirit, “the club becomes the greatest army in history. It grows into an army without weapons, an army of peace that overthrows empires and brings revolution with hope.”
The Holy Spirit, which was sent forth to Christians 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, “brings order out of chaos,” Welby said.
Sunday’s gathering lasted two hours. According to Christian Today, most congregants stood, singing, praying, and shedding tears for the lives lost over the past several days.
In the 10 days between Christ’s Ascension and Pentecost Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people from 85 countries took up Archbishop Welby’s “Thy Kingdom Come” challenge to pray that people around the world may come to know Christ. The movement drew responses from three million people on social media.
Despite the tragedy that has plagued England recently, the 10-day event ended Sunday with a proclamation of the same eternal message of Christ’s victory over death, and the unshakeable hope believers have in Him, no matter the circumstances.
(H/T: Christian Today)
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