2017.05.31 16:15:24
June 4, 2017

 

Inviting the World to Dinner

Order of Worship

 

 

Friends,
Come down, O Love divine,
seek out this soul of mine
and visit it with Your ardor glowing;
O comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,
and kindle it, Your holy flame bestowing. 
 
                                     - Bianco da Siena
 
The metaphors of flame and fire are aptly used to describe the action of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. It is the fulfillment of the promise of Jesus to his disciples that the Holy Spirit will come and sustain the church. After Jesus ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit descended to the faithful disciples and inspired and energized them. It is out of that experience of the oneness of God that the church was born.
 
Henri Nouwen wrote "Without Pentecost the Christ-event -- the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus -- remains imprisoned in history as something to remember, think about and reflect on. The Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell within us, so that we can become living Christs here and now."
 
The season of Pentecost begins on June 4. This liturgical season is the longest season in the church year, extending through November 26. It is so long, in fact, that this season is also referred to as Ordinary Time. Despite the mundane name, the title suggests the sacred nature of everyday life and the growth and vibrancy of the church enlivened by the Spirit.
 
Our text this week, Acts 2:1-21, tells how the fiery, windy entrance of the Holy Spirit ignited the hearts of the early disciples to spread the good news of God's love in Jesus Christ to everyone they met. It is also fitting on such a day to gather around the communion table in remembrance of God's inclusive love. The title of this week's sermon is "Inviting the World to Dinner."
 
See you Sunday,

Martha 
Rev. Martha Wingfield


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