Wind, Fire, and the Holy Spirit.

Throw in people speaking in languages not their own, diverse languages, understood by all around, no matter where they were from, what their heritage or experience or place in life might be.

Put all of these together, and we have Pentecost. Fifty days after theresurrection. It is often called the “Birthday of the Church,” because itmarked the coming of the Holy Spirit upon
the disciples of Jesus, and the beginning of their public ministry following in Jesus’ steps

For us, it is a reminder of our baptism, and our call to share the Good News in our own lives, each in our own unique way.

 

The collect for Pentecost reminds us of two things:
o the way to eternal life has been opened to every person, not just the ones we might think acceptable to God; and o as the people of God we are to preach the Gospel – by what we do and what we

say, and by how we live. Rejoice in the power of the Spirit! Share the Good News to the ends of the earth!

We will celebrate Pentecost this coming Sunday at St Thomas – it is known as the birthday of the Church, and the color is red – so wear something red in celebration of this and all of God’s manygifts.

Let us pray: Almighty God, on the day of Pentecost you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Peace and blessing,

Carol+