Tomorrow is Pentecost Sunday – the 50th day after Easter when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church. The Holy Spirit, Jesus promised would be with us and enable us to do the things that he did. It’s the birthday of the church because the disciples were equipped with power from on high to go and share the Good News to the ends of the earth.

What does it mean for us? Brennan Manning says it perfectly here:

The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation. Not to make people with better morals but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, who would live in ever greater fidelity to the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the center of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love. This, my friend, is what it really means to be a Christian.

Are we aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love? May we pray that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will indeed set us on fire with mercy and love.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 10:00 am as we gather to nurture one another’s glow. It won’t be the same without you.

Grace be with you,


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