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VBS Returns! August 6-7, 2022, with a slightly different format.
A Pentecost Reflection
Today we feel the wind beneath our wings
Today the hidden fountain flows and plays
Today the church draws breath at last and sings
As every flame becomes a Tongue of praise.
This is the feast of fire, air, and water
Poured out and breathed and kindled into earth.
The earth herself awakens to her maker
And is translated out of death to birth.
The right words come today in their right order
And every word spells freedom and release
Today the gospel crosses every border
All tongues are loosened by the Prince of Peace
Today the lost are found in His translation.
Whose mother-tongue is Love, in every nation.
– A Pentecost Sonnet by Malcom Guite
My very earliest memory of hearing about Pentecost was during a Children’s Sermon in my home church. The guest preacher had a number of children who I didn’t know well at the time, though I got to know the boy who makes this story memorable later when we did theatre together. Once the guest preacher had us all gathered at the front, he began to tell the story and to this day I couldn’t tell you what he said or what he asked. I honestly don’t even think I knew that we were talking about Pentecost, but we must have been because I have a vivid memory of his energetic son bouncing up and down, eager to share with the whole church about the FIRE ON THEIR HEADS with all the drama he could muster.
His enthusiasm for this dramatic arrival of the Holy Spirit has always stuck with me and I’ve often wondered how the church as a whole might seek to be just as enthusiastic about the Spirit’s presence and movement in our midst.
Just imagine the impression we might leave on others if we too could not contain our excitement about what God is doing in our midst through the power of the Holy Spirit. Just imagine what memorable stories we might tell about what Jesus has done for us and how they might stick in the hearts and minds of others the way my young friend’s has always stuck with me.
Sometimes I think we get stuck, thinking that everything has to be perfect before we can move forward. But that’s not what Pentecost reminds us. We know that the disciples were far from perfect, they didn’t have it all together, and they didn’t really know what they were doing or where they were going. They didn’t have all the answers. The Spirit still set them loose on the world with good news to share.
Why would it be any different for us? As we move into the summer months with greater opportunities to see others and connect in ways that haven’t been available to us in years, let’s not lose sight of our call to be witnesses, to share what we have seen and experienced and heard. Let us not be so focused on our own freedom that we lose sight of the needs of those who continue to struggle. After two years of often quiet and individual worship, let us not shrink back from joyfully singing God’s praise together.
May you find rest and renewal, courage and strength through the summer months. I am very much looking forward to continuing to reconnect with many of you in the months ahead.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Bethany McCaffrey
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