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The Season of Pentecost

The Day of Pentecost brings to a close the Eastertide season and the Great Fifty Days. On the Day of Pentecost, we celebrated the downpouring of the Holy Spirit as a gift from God to the Disciples and to all of God’s people through Baptism. After our celebration in our liturgical worship services, we celebrated the birthday of the Church by giving ourselves a Happy Birthday party through a family picnic. As usual, the food was “yummy” and the fellowship was festive with many wearing red colors to symbolize the color of Pentecost.

 

We celebrate the Day of Pentecost and the continuing season of Pentecost not only because it marks the downpouring gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church, but also because it marks the occasion of God’s sharing himself, once again, but in a revealed Third Person of Himself. I am very touched and marvel that God has continually sought to show and share Himself to us throughout history.

 

In a previous publication, I shared the insightful and inspirational reflections about God’s sharing Himself from the writings of my dear friend Furman Buchanan (who preached a beautiful and remarkable sermon at my 1st ordination as a Deacon!). I would like to share again these reflections from his book Gifts with a Purpose:
“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 as 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.”

 

So you see, Act III, the revelation of God’s Self through the expression of the Holy Spirit found on the Day of Pentecost, is a powerful and dynamic unfolding of God’s love and empowerment to us. If Jesus is a gift from God to show us salvation and how to become disciples of God, then the Holy Spirit is a gift to us to be by our side always and to empower us to be faithful Disciples of Christ. May the whole presence of God found in the Holy Trinity empower us in a variety of wonderful and mysterious ways to help us in our own pilgrimage and in the mission of the Church during this season of Pentecost.


 

  “The Best is Yet to Come!”


Fr. Terry  t


 


 


July 19, 2018

 

 

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

 



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