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Looking Toward Pentecost, May 20, 2018

Sunday we celebrate Pentecost and the gift of Christ’s Spirit to the church. This is a special day to remember how the stirring of the Spirit in Jerusalem, at the Festival of Pentecost, brought thousands together to hear the good news and sent them out into the world to share it. The sanctuary will be decked out in red, and we hope you will wear red as well. Red is the liturgical color that reminds us of the Holy Spirit.

As you enter the sanctuary on Sunday, watch how the fabric ripples with the movement of the air. The Holy Spirit is often connected with wind and breath. Even on that first Pentecost morning, the scripture tells us that a sound “like a the rush of a violent wind filled the entire house” and just after Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to the disciples, we hear that he breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

How does God in mighty wind and exhaled breath continue to nurture Christ’s disciples, to offer comfort? How does the Holy Spirit prod and inspire and fill Christ’s beloved while we walk the earth now that Jesus is no longer here to walk it with us. Our Young Adults will join in leading worship this Sunday

We’ll think, and play, and pray together in a sanctuary billowing with red. And then, hopefully, you will stick around for the BBQ and potluck, and a chance to celebrate the last moments of spring together.

See you Sunday,