The annual season in life at St. Peter’s to celebrate the gift of academic and spiritual learning opportunities and the fiery birth of God’s Church (Acts 2:1-21) is upon us. Many have already gathered with classmates, colleagues and supporters for commencement ceremonies, while others anticipate the same occasions. On Sunday, June 8 (The Day of Pentecost), we will honor high school seniors during the 10:45 a.m. liturgy. We will also conclude our nine-month formation program year for all children, youth and adults with an extraordinary 9:30 a.m. celebration in the Parish Hall.
The festival day of Pentecost will retell how many first followers of Jesus were “filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability” 50 days after the Resurrection. Children from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classrooms (atria) will process and light candles in front of the altar to symbolize the gifts of the Spirit. The sacrament of Holy Baptism will be administered to young children as full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church.
All that unfolds in this season points to a mass of new beginnings, including ones that I do not name. In one way or another, each calls attention to the economical reality that when one chapter ends another begins. So it is with every day of our lives as children of God.
The start of each new day presents us with the gift of a new beginning. Regardless of what we have been doing and whether we know and are ready for what might come next, we always are given a chance to “begin again.” As we greet each new morning, let us celebrate our identity as followers of Jesus and pray unceasingly on the way.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector