I am ready for a celebration! How about you? Pentecost Sunday should be a big celebration, but it lands at a time in the year when programming is winding down and the camping season in Alberta is beckoning. In “church land” I always think of Pentecost as marking the beginning of summer.
Pentecost is May 23 this year, exactly 50 days after Easter (including Easter). For this Sunday we play with images of fire and wind. Some congregations plant Pentecost gardens or join families outside to fly kites. As we follow the seasons of the church year – Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter – Pentecost is our last celebration before a long stretch of Ordinary Time, or the Season of Pentecost.
The Pentecost story is about the Holy Spirit showing up to the disciples as wind and fire. When they were filled with the Holy Spirit, they began speaking in other languages, but they could understand one another. So, in this last liturgical celebration, the Spirit infuses our dreams and visions and calls us to transcend cultural and linguistic barriers. Some say this is the birthday of the church. Good cause for a celebration!
Note: This is from the latest edition of "What's Brewing" - Sunnybrook United's Newsletter.