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Pentecost is a Grand Celebration!

Confession…I love Pentecost.

Over a year ago I was trying to plan a vacation with my whole family. We

carefully coordinated dates, looking at work schedules, school schedules,

and basically every calendar you can imagine, to make sure nine people

could all be together. But I admit, I forgot to look at the liturgical

calendar. And I scheduled vacation over Pentecost.

At some point I realized my error and began to put Pentecost plans in

place that could happen without me being physically present. But the

more I planned, the more I realized I wanted to celebrate with you all. So,

I decided that we would celebrate Pentecost when I got back (and yes,

that means you get two Pentecost Sundays).

Pentecost is the day we celebrate the promised gift of the Holy Spirit

descending in a mighty rush of wind and flame to inspire the church’s

proclamation of Jesus’ resurrection and to empower its mission and

ministry to the world!

Pentecost is a grand celebration!

It is a chance to look back and see how God has been at work, but it is

also an invitation to look forward and imagine how God will continue to

be at work. For God once took a ragtag bunch of followers and did

something amazing. God gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit and it

changed everything. Every surprising story we have encountered in the

book of Acts is possible only because of the Holy Spirit.

And that same power of is available to us too. God is still doing a new

thing. God is still at work in our world. God is still taking a ragtag bunch of

followers and doing something amazing. God is still a God of surprises.

And I’m grateful to be on that journey with you. To look back together in

gratitude and to look forward together in hope.

I hope you’ll join us on Sunday for the Ultimate Surprise Party. Come

ready to be surprised! And don’t forget to wear red!

Grace and peace,


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