The Feast of Pentecost
St. Margaret's Emmaus,
9 a.m. Sunday morning
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The Holy Spirit is not a magical force we can conjure. We can’t keep it concentrated in a building. We can’t possibly limit its access to those who come to church or to those who are baptized. The Holy Spirit is already out there, wherever you go, everywhere in the world. Any time we say, “Come, Holy Spirit,” it’s ironic, because we’re beckoning Someone who cannot be beckoned, and who is always with us.
But if we didn’t beckon, would we notice? How often does a fish say, “Hey, I’m swimming in water!”? How often does a flame shout, “Aaaah! I’m on fire!”? How often do we stop whatever we’re doing, take a long, deep breath, and appreciate what it means to be alive?
If we did that all the time, people might well think we’d been drinking, even at nine in the morning. When people live life joyfully, wallowing in the Holy Spirit, amazing things start to happen. People reach out to others to give them what they need. The simplest actions can take on deep meaning and can break down barriers of language and social standing. The result is Resurrection on both a small and large scale.
Come join the movement this Sunday. Bring a friend, or four, or four thousand! Raise the roof! In the immortal words of gospel pop star Kirk Franklin, “We're havin' us a Holy Ghost party up in he-ah!”
Feast of the Gift of the Holy Spirit
with Holy Eucharist and Holy Baptism
at St. Margaret's, 150 Elm Street-
corner of Keystone and Elm-
9 a.m. Sunday morning,
May 23, 2010
See Acts 2: 13-15
But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine." But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem,* Let this be known to you, and listen to what I say, Indeed, these are not drunk,** as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning."
* Editors' additions: 'and all who reside in the Lehigh Valley and beyond'
**Editors' gloss: Filled with wonder, love and praise, we will be tipsy with joy as we baptize Thomas Malcolm and enjoy a brunch following worship which will be lovingly preprepared by his family.
P.S. Wear Red--
the liturgical color of the day!!!