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Pentecost

  It’s not a word that a lot of people recognize, but I love Pentecost Sunday. It’s a day to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus (Acts 2). We know that the Spirit of God traveled with the people of Israel for many generations before Christ. With Christ, that same Spirit was available to all believers.
Pentecost means 50th day, and 50 days after Easter we celebrate what some people call the birthday of the Christian church. It’s a day to remember that God sent the Holy Spirit as a gift and a reminder that we are never forgotten or forsaken (Deuteronomy 31: 6, Psalm 9:10, Hebrews 13: 5). Jesus called the Spirit the Advocate. The Advocate will teach us the truth about sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16). None of those lessons are easy to learn, and so our lessons with the Holy Spirit will be lifelong journeys of deepening faith and continual guidance.
Worship services associated with the Holy Spirit (Pentecost, Reformation, commemorations of martyrs/saints, and ordinations) use red vestments and paraments. These are days of celebration and thanksgiving. Please wear red on Sunday, May 20th and help us say, “Happy Birthday” to the church, our family of faith, and to say, “Come, Holy Spirit, Come!”
We also invite you to bring a “birthday gift” to the church in the form of coins for our synod’s 3rd annual Noisy Change Offering. These gifts will be donated to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. This offering is an example of how the wider Body of Christ works together to achieve God’s mission of peace and wholeness. At the Delaware-Maryland Synod Assembly (May 31- June 2) our offering will join others from our synod to bring blessings to people in need around the globe. (We also act locally each week through the LCS Food Pantry.) Thanks be to God!
Looking forward to celebrating with you,
Pastor Melissa

 

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