Pentecost is one of the most festive days of the Christian year. It is the day when we celebrate the Holy Spirit descending on the disciples as Jesus promised, equipping them with everything that they needed to go out and spread the Gospel to all nations. This is the birth of the Church! That same Holy Spirit that descended on the disciples is present with us today leading and guiding us as we too follow in the footsteps of Jesus. In baptism, we are marked with chrism as the words are spoken, “You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ’s own for ever” (Prayer Book, p. 308). As we live into our baptism throughout our lives, we come to a greater understanding that we are all called to be disciples of Christ and to share his love to the world through our words and actions. It is the Holy Spirit that equips us to do this.
This Sunday will be a Spirit-filled, festive celebration indeed. We will remember the coming of the Holy Spirit as we sing and worship, as we receive our newest member into the body of Christ through baptism, and as we remember that Christ came for all nations through the beautiful tradition of reading the Scripture in many languages.
After our festive 10:45 a.m. worship service, we will continue the celebration with our annual Parish Picnic at Independence Park. Here we will feast together and play together as we celebrate our common life as a Christian community. I hope that you will join us for this festive and holy day of Pentecost as we rejoice in the presence of the Spirit in our lives and in our church. Don’t forget to wear red!
The Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson, Associate Rector