This Sunday we will gather for a fabulous Feast Day in the life of the church called “Pentecost”. One of the most ancient feasts of the Church, Pentecost is often referred to as the “birth”-day of the church.
On this day we read a story from Acts recounting the original Pentecost. It is a dramatic account of the in-breaking of a mighty wind filling the house where the disciples were gathered followed by the appearance of “parted tongues as it were of fire,” (Acts 2:2). What happens next is true “holy chaos”! Crowds form and languages of all kinds are heard and amazingly understood, and out of the cacophony of sound and wild energy and confusion provoking wonder and skepticism alike, a kind of faithful clarity seems to emerge resulting in the conversion and baptism of “about 3,000” people.
It is a story rich in both meaning and mystery for us as well. We’ll decorate the church in red (and ask all of us to do the same) symbolizing the color of flames and fire – marking our faith-filled vision that the gifts of spirit are still revealed and given to us just as surely as they were revealed centuries ago.
We will also “welcome home” 21 individuals who have chosen to make Trinity their spiritual home. This will be a joyous occasion and gathering together on this particular day will bring depth of purpose and meaning to our community of faith.
“home” this Sunday for what is sure to be a glorious celebration of God’s love
in and through us, with Holy Spirit still having her way—pulling and pushing,
prodding and coaxing, forging a path of new possibilities each day, and simply
waiting for us to be amazed and ready to respond.
May you never forget that you are loved,