Pentecost SundayOpening Prayer : (Celebrate God's Presence)
Holy Spirit, dance your light into the corners of our lives:
when we are cold, bring us warmth;
when we are afraid, bring us comfort;
when we are lost, brighten the path;
when we are unsure, mark the way ;
when we are in need, come into our presence.
Come, O Holy Spirit, come . Amen
Scriptures for the week: Acts 2: 1- 21, Psalm 68,
1 Corinthians 12: 3 -13, John 20 : 19 -23
Spring is with us but it is a season like no other . It is a
season of mixed feelings and confusion around activities
like traditional fishing times and times of planting crops
in farmer's fields across the land . Everything is under a
sense of scrutiny and indecision in terms of planning and
moving forward . Everyone has been through a lot but still
we have to wonder have we seen an eventual end to the
upheaval or is there another round yet to be played out ?
Churches are also in the same condition with no certain-
ty as to when it is safe to reassemble in some form . It has
posed challenges when a death occurs in a family and a
whole new format has to be followed in services only to
be conducted in cemeteries with very limited attendance .
That is not what we are used to in times of sorrow . Yet, it
is the reality we follow in all seriousness .
We are now welcoming in a new season of Pentecost .
On this Sunday the Christ candle would be green in colour .
It is the reminder of new life, new birth, and the renewal of a
heartfelt welcome of the living Christ in our hearts .The power
of the Holy Spirit is celebrated during the next several months
as Christian faith families journey forth at least for now as a
number of separate entities although united as one in the
Spirit of Go'd love and guidance .
John 20 tells us of a gathering of the disciples following
the days of Jesus' death and the reports of his resurrection .
Mary had revealed what she had found at the tomb only a
few hours before this gathering . All are amazed and confused
all at the same time .No one is sure what is to follow . No one is
sure whom to follow . But the biggest shock is soon to happen .
Suddenly Jesus is standing in their midst declaring, '' Peace
be with you ...receive the Holy Spirit.''
Acts 2 describes the event as one of astonishment and
bewilderment. The group assembled begins to speak and
different languages are heard yet each understands the
other . To an onlooker, they would assume all are heavily
into the wine . Yet it is not so . The Spirit has engaged them
and Peter states it very plainly . Peter, the Rock, stands up
to the criticism .
When things change around us and we find ourselves in
confusion it is often easy to become fearful and to become
cynical and fall into criticism . We are seeing scenes of
violence in other places that cause great concern and trepi-
dation as people gather in protest of racial actions . Peace and
calm is hoped and prayed for as emotions rise amid calls for
Worship as faith communities will continue to be different
for some time even when we are allowed to be together. The
choirs will not assemble, there will be no congregational sing-
ing, Distancing from one another will be essential and groups
will be around fifteen or so .We will need to discern when our
people will feel safe in returning to church once we are granted
the possibility of doing so .
Indeed it is a Pentecost that is not the usual . But we have
much to be so thankful for as well . We pray for families who
have lost loved ones across the nation and around the world .
As a street sign I see in Summerside says, ''This too will pass.''
May the peace of Christ abide with you as we go forth . Be
strong - be safe - but above all, be well .
To God be all the praise and the glory . Amen
Wally Ellis May 29, 2020
'' Come to my heart, Lord Jesus; teach me to walk in your way.
Come to my heart, Lord Jesus, come to my heart today .
Give me the peace and joy that only you can bring.
Come to my heart, Lord Jesus, give me a song to sing .''