Dear Friends in Christ,
Our season begins with the dramatic arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the 50th day after Easter. The Spirit arrived in the form of the wind and tongues of fire on the heads of the disciples, allowing them to proclaim praise of God in many languages. It's that same Spirit that Jesus promised to send after his ascension-to be our Advocate, our Comforter. This seasons begins with the big celebration of the arrival of this Spirit, and then we quickly move to the next weekend, celebrating the enigma, the mystery of the Holy Trinity-God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is a celebration focusing on the ways God makes God's self known to us-as God the Father, the creator, as God the Son, Jesus, who lived, died, and rose again for us, and as God the Holy Spirit, the very breath of God placed in us at our Baptism to give us life in Jesus now and forever.
After the celebration of the Holy Trinity (3 in 1 and 1 in 3), we quickly move to what is called "Ordinary Time", or the green season-the days after the Pentecost event. There's not much that is ordinary about this time-it is a time in the green season for growing and working, loving and forgiving, reaching out and reaching up as we hear of the first followers of Jesus and see how our lives as disciples continue to do God's work with our hands as we are led by the Spirit to serve God and share Christ's love with all. Join us as we celebrate the gifts of God to us and then go out to share those same gifts with the world!!
See you in worship! In Christ's love,
Pr. Jen Schaefer+