On Sunday we will celebrate the Day of Pentecost, Confirmation Sunday where five of our Confirmands will become church members and FUMCD 101 will bring new church members. Tomorrow at 7:00p.m. in Aldersgate, our Children’s Music Ministries Program will present Esther the Musical. Seating will be limited so come early.
I came across this snippet of information on Pentecost: The Celebration
The move from white paraments to red … can give this day the feel of a new season rather than that of a triumphal conclusion to the Great Fifty Days. This is not altogether inappropriate, however, and one can easily understand how for centuries in the Church’s practice the Day of Pentecost was thought of as the beginning of a new season. It is understandable because the theme of Pentecost is the new creation, the new thing that God is doing in the world. Yet this new creation is inextricably tied to the Easter event… The work of the Holy Spirit that we are celebrating is the continuation of the ministry of Christ. Without that connection we are apt to lose our Trinitarian balance and overemphasize a vague worship of the Holy Spirit. This connection with the work of Christ is also a corrective against statements like, “Pentecost is the coming of the Spirit into the world,” as though the Holy Spirit had not been here from the beginning. Pentecost is the celebration of a specific work of the Spirit, which is the empowerment of the Church for Christ’s service in the world. It is for this reason that the Holy Spirit is called upon by the Church when we intend to perform some serious work. (“Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year A, page 187)
Pentecost is more than a moment in the life of the church. It is a way of sensing the empowerment of God at all times. For me, no less than saying that we regulate Resurrection to one Sunday, one day per year. No. Pentecost is God’s gift to humanity. We can either embrace orallow to let it be used as God intended, or to withhold and “quench the Spirit” as the Apostle Paul warns the church in Thessalonica.
Sunday is God’s gift to you. Show up to worship somewhere, where you will be spiritually fed, comforted, convicted, challenged and loved just the way you are but encouraging you not to stay there.
You are welcomed here.
Blessings from Duncanville,