It's here! It's here! PENTECOST is finally here! Can I get an "Amen"?
If you were suffering through the Easter lectionary like I was, you are ready like I am for a big ol' tongues of fire, rushing wind, out-pouring of languages Pentecost celebration! I am so ready.
Too bad hardly anyone will be there to celebrate with me. Ho hum. I hope our gals and pals in the non-US parts of the world will have sanctuaries bursting with excitement and Spirit.
What sorts of sermons and creative ideas are brewing? The options seem endless for children's sermons even.
We had a lot of fire burning at my church this week leading up to Pentecost, but in a good way. We held a fundraiser by smoking 8-10 lb pork "butts" (some people call them shoulders, but this other name was WAY more fun to say in church for the last 6 weeks) for folks who had ordered and prepaid. My husband and another man spent 48 hours at the church around the clock tending fires and cooking 110 roasts for 12-16 each over 4 grills. They were awesome. Others spent time, too. The wind-spirit carried the smell throughout the neighborhood. The flame cooked the meat. The money will re-stock our benevolence account so that we can continue to serve our neighbors in need. Definitely a sign of life, spirit-life reaching out beyond the too-often insulated community of our church.
Where's the Spirit carrying you this weekend? How is the Spirit equipping you and your church for where you will be sent?
Join the party in the comments. It will be a wonderful weekend!