June 7, 2019
This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost in a combined 10:00 service in the Historic Church.
As you know, Pentecost Sunday commemorates Holy Spirit landing upon and inspiring the early church.
While many modern-day Christians, perhaps especially Episcopalians, are somewhat mystified by Holy Spirit -- who Holy Spirit is and what Holy Spirit does -- one simple way to think about Holy Spirit is to remember that Jesus called Holy Spirit the "advocate."
You and I have an advocate.
Actually, you and I have THE advocate: the comforter, the same animating Holy and Life-Giving Spirit who brooded over creation and who inspired the prophets and who alighted upon Jesus in the river Jordan in the form of a dove and upon the disciples gathered that first Pentecost in the form of wind and fire.
That same Holy and Life-Giving Spirit alights upon on us, individually and as a gathered church.
And Holy Spirit continues to do what Holy Spirit does best: empower, enliven, animate, becalm, encourage, unify, nourish, and motivate us.
So come, Holy Spirit, come.
Do what you do best: give us something which everyone hears in common, and something which each of us individually needs to hear.
And most important of all, inspired by you, Holy Spirit, help those of us who have gone to church to BE THE CHURCH out in the world -- a world so hungry for your fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
See you Sunday,