And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. - Joel 2:28
This Sunday, we celebrate the Day of Pentecost. The book of Acts captures the story of the disciples ministering to the crowds gathered in Jerusalem. As they shared the good news of Christ, all heard the message in their own language and recognized this as the power of the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus had promised. The Day of Pentecost’s worship service includes prayers and hymns referencing the Holy Spirit, and it is a tradition to wear red. If you have red clothing or shoes, please wear them and join in the celebration. We will also celebrate with a baptism on this day, a great day to welcome others into the household of faith and the priesthood of all believers. Pentecost also marks the transition from the Easter season into ‘ordinary time’. It may seem odd to think of this season as ordinary when we read the stories of the extraordinary things the disciples accomplished. Ordinary time allows us to find our own rhythms of prayer and service to others; I am particularly reminded that these key practices should be ordinary and routine in the life of all Christians! Join us this Sunday for worship, and please plan to stay a few minutes after the Postlude so we can capture a parish photo while we are all dressed in red!