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"Without Pentecost the Christ-event – the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus – remains imprisoned in history as something to remember, think about and reflect on. The Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell within us, so that we can become living Christs here and now. - Henri Nouwen

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, a major feast of our church year. It is the culmination of the Easter season and recalls the power of the Holy Spirit in the believers who carried forward Christ’s work. For the church, it is a time for baptism and renewal. We often wear red, which symbolizes the Holy Spirit. This year, I would like to highlight two aspects of Pentecost. First, it is about community. The movement of the Holy Spirit is not about a lone person; rather, it is about many people coming together to do the work of God. Because our culture tends to celebrate the individual over the collective, mindful collaboration is key. It is foolish to believe we thrive on our own efforts alone when in truth, we rely on each other for nearly everything. When we embrace the significance of our connection to one another, the work of the Spirit happens more freely. Second, the Pentecost story possesses a real urgency that must not be lost or overlooked. It’s the urgency to share God’s love in all spaces we gather. Join me this Sunday for our annual celebration of Pentecost to remind us of the urgency of faith in action, to recognize Christ’s dwelling within us, and to embrace the power of the Holy Spirit in our own lives. Blessings,

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