We are moving out of the Easter season and into a new season in the church calendar, Pentecost. Pentecost is a celebration of God emboldening the church with the gift of the movement of the Holy Spirit. On Sunday you will notice that both Pastor Michael and I will change the stoles on our robes to red for this season. Red symbolizes that God gives each person in the church gifts; we sometimes call them spiritual gifts. Red also symbolizes the tongues of fire that came upon the early believers in the Acts 2 story. One of my favorite Biblical artists, He Qi, represents this scene in his painting here.
Here's why I love Pentecost in Acts 2: it was a little bit chaotic, quite noisy, vibrant, and the Spirit of God filled their meeting with God's presence. I sometimes imagine New York City when I read this story. We live in a City where many different languages are being spoken, it's noisy, it's vibrant, and it is full of God's presence.
We enter this season believing the Holy Spirit is still speaking to the church today and guiding us in vibrant ways.
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of love. Embolden our steps so that we may walk in love and live in love. Amen.