|Published by Josh Hosler on Wed, May 27, 2020 9:35 AM|
The Day of Pentecost is the most important Christian holiday that the marketing people haven't yet discovered. Shhh, don't tell them! If you do, we'll probably have to buy red Hallmark cards to send to everyone we've ever met, or decorate our neighbors' lawns with dozens of plastic doves, or release a bunch of environment-killing balloons or something.
We do have our traditions around Pentecost in the Church. The first is to show up on Sunday, which, of course, Christians do every week anyway. But this week, wear red to symbolize the coming of the Holy Spirit. Our Zoom room will be a sea of red.
This Sunday's 10:30 service will also feature the Rite of Affirmation of Vocation. If all had gone according to plan, Simon and Aimee Drake would have been received and Chinyere Brent confirmed by now. Instead that will have to wait until November, but in the meantime, we will hear from them the fruits of their discernment of God's call in their lives.
We also have been asked to say special prayers this Sunday to remember those who have died from COVID-19. This word came too late to make it into the bulletin, but we will make time at the end of the Prayers of the People to share some words from our presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry.
Tonight is the final installment of our class "The Bible as Backstory." However, the fun will continue two weeks from tonight with the launch of a summer class called "God's Story, Our Story."
Finally, remember that on June 7, we will NOT meet for our usual service times. Instead, all 26,000 Episcopalians in the Diocese of Olympia are invited to come together for a single service at 11:00 a.m.