For Christians, Pentecost is a holiday on which we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus. Before the events of the first Pentecost, which came a few weeks after Jesus’ death and resurrection, there were followers of Jesus, but no movement that could be meaningfully called “the church.” Thus, from an historical point of view, Pentecost is the day on which the church was started. This is also true from a spiritual perspective, since the Spirit brings the church into existence and enlivens it. Thus Pentecost is the church’s birthday.
Please bring your favorite brunch dish to share and celebrate this festive day in the church year with your church community at the Pentecost Potluck Brunch in Sanders Hall next Sunday, from 9:00 to 10:15 am.
And, if you have command enough of another language to share during our Pentecost service this year (and are willing), will you join the reading of the Gospel in that language? The Gospel is short this year—John 20:19-23—so your reading would be short. We’ll read from where we are seated at the same time the Gospel is read in English from the aisle as is our tradition. If you can do this, please contact the parish office as soon as you can so we can list the various languages in the bulletin.