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The Season of Pentecost


The Day of Pentecost brings to a close the Eastertide season and the Great Fifty Days of Easter. On Pentecost Sunday, we will celebrate the downpouring of the Holy Spirit as a gift from God to the Disciples and to all of God’s people through Baptism. After the celebration of the Holy Spirit as a special feast day in our services and liturgies, we will follow our worship services by giving ourselves a Happy Birthday party as Pentecost marks the birthday of the church.

 

The Day of Pentecost is worthy of a great celebration, not only because it marks the downpouring gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthdate of our church, but also because it marks the occasion of God sharing himself, once again, with us.

 

My dear friend, Furmon Buchanan in his book, Gifts with Purpose, offers this insightful reflection: "If you were to think of the entire scope of Holy Scripture as an epic drama, it would be like a three act play. Act I would be the story of a creative God attempting to guide his followers through Law and prophets into a robust life of freedom and justice. Act II would introduce this God even more plainly and clearly to the audience through the main character we all know as Jesus. The second act concludes with his dramatic rising to life again, and this is a powerful story. . .a meaningful story. However, it is not the end of the story.

Next, the curtain rises on Act III—otherwise known as the Feast of Pentecost. In Act I, we met the Father. In Act II, we met the son. In Act III we meet God’s Holy Spirit, that perfect love between the Father and the Son, as this divine inspiration gets poured out on all the people. Everyone gets touched. Everyone gets inspired! Not just the prophets, not only Jesus . . . but everyone. In Act III, even the audience becomes part of the drama of God’s plan to incorporate everyone into his story. . .to incorporate everyone into his salvation."

 

On the Day of Pentecost, God shares another part of Himself through the expression of the Holy Spirit that also reflects the nature and character of God—who God is! Through the Holy Trinity (that will be celebrated the Sunday after Pentecost), God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, we might come to know the fullness of God. If Jesus is a gift from God who befriends us on behalf of God and shows us salvation and how to become disciples of God, then the Holy Spirit is a gift to us as the Great Physician, the Great Comforter, the Great Counselor and Advocate to be by our side always and to empower us to be Disciples of Christ.

 

Pentecost is when the race baton gets passed to us, the Church, to continue God’s salvation story and to gather God’s people by reflecting the nature of God through our discipleship of love. The season of Pentecost is a time where we gather all the teachings, contemplations, meditations, insights and encouragement of Lent and Easter to fortify us for the "good race" of discipleship so as to continue and to be a part of the story of God’s salvation. May the Gift of the Holy Spirit from Pentecost equip us and empower us in a variety of wonderful and mysterious ways to accomplish this mission of the Church that has been handed over to us.

 

 

  “The Best is Yet to Come!”


Fr. Terry  t


 


 


July 22, 2017

 

 

SundaY WORSHIP


8:00 AM ContemplAtive Service (no music)

Alternating RITE I and Rite II


10:30 AM Holy Eucharist,Organ & Choir

Alternating Rite I and Rite II

 

Children's Nursery

provided for all Sunday Services.

 

Wednesday Worship 


12:10 PM Holy Communion and Healing Service

 

MORNING PRAYER 


Third Friday of the month, 9:00 AM



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