After wrestling with the news of yet another school shooting on Friday, I wasn’t at all interested in any part of the news of Saturday’s spectacle of a royal wedding. But on the advice of a friend, I turned it on. I’m glad I did because I found it meaningful and inspiring, especially the homily offered by the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry. He spoke about love and about fire, basically saying that when love comes from God, it is combustible. In other words, it makes things happen, it generates action, and it gets things moving.
Combustible love and fire. That’s what Pentecost is all about… the love of God setting the people of God on fire for the sake of the world that God loves so much.
By the way, profound meaning and deep inspiration was also shared this weekend in our Pentecost worship at Our Savior as we reminded each other that the gift of the Holy Spirit doesn’t remove disciples from hardships and challenges, but rather equips them to persevere and witness amid them. That’s a needed reminder and an encouraging promise. If you missed worship due to the weather just click the link at the bottom of the email to watch and listen! Worship was filled with the Holy Spirit, wonderful music and participation from our children and youth.
One more reminder. Don’t forget that this coming weekend marks the beginning of our summer worship schedule: Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 9:30am. Scholarships will be presented Sunday morning to 11 outstanding young adults from our congregation.
May the Spirit breathe new life into your week and into our world!