160512_rectorThis Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. On Pentecost the first disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit, and that gift has been with us ever since. We know God as Father and Jesus as the Son of God through the stories of scripture, and we know the presence and power and love of God through the Holy Spirit. Jesus is still with us, guiding us and encouraging us, because God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The church will be specially prepared for this festival day, with art work and vestments in vibrant red and gold colors. Our worship will invoke the Holy Spirit, calling to God in prayer and song to be present to us, with the full confidence that this is already true. We will sing, pray, and hear the excellent story of the first Pentecost in an interactive exchange that weaves the reading from Acts with prayers and responses from the congregation.

This special service and the music that has been chosen for this day promise to be moving and beautiful. One of the songs we will sing was sung at my ordination as the Bishops and gathered people called for the presence of the Holy Spirit to bless and ordain the candidates for the priesthood.

Here’s the thing. The Holy Spirit comes for all of us, not just those who are ordained. Each of us is called to share in the work of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit guides us and gives us the passion to do our part. Come on Sunday and we will join together, welcoming the Holy Spirit and giving thanks to God.

Yours in Christ,

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