A Special Sunday for Pentecost
Dear friends and members of St. Matt's,
On Sunday, we will celebrate one of the major feasts of the church, the day of Pentecost. On Pentecost, we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Many of you will remember wearing red to church on this day, and perhaps from Pentecosts past, you'll remember balloons, kites, and images of fire and doves. It's a special day.
And even though we can't be together in person, it will be special for us, too. We will follow the format of "Lessons and Carols", a service that you'll remember from Christmas time. Except this time, we'll trace the story of the Spirit throughout our history. We'll hear together about the Spirit that was present at the beginning of time, the Spirit that comes to the Apostles, the Spirit that claims us in baptism. It will be a special musical day, too; beginning with a Festival Prelude at 9:30am and special instrumentalists joining is for the day. We will also have the blessing of a visit from our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas. Bishop Ian will be with us for worship and he will preach. And over the weekend, he'll spend time with our Confirmands as well in a Zoom room.
I've done some preliminary poking around, and I've not seen anyone do a service like this before. So, while there's nothing new under the sun, we are trying something that is completely new, something built specifically for St. Matt's in this season. So please join us for this different morning, join us for a beautiful morning of music, trace with us the story of the gift that is the Holy Spirit. And together we'll find our place in the story and rediscover the gift of our baptism. And we'll unveil the special project that Samantha has invited you to participate in with WPC.
The Festival Prelude will begin on our website and on Facebook at 9:30am. Worship will begin at 10:00am. Join us - and invite others to join us - online for this special feast day. Please be in touch if you need anything and know that you're in my prayers.