On the Feast Day of Pentecost we celebrate the continuation of the mission of God in the arrival of the Holy Spirit which formed the early church. The mission of God (to reconcile God with creation and humanity) began from before time, when God chose to create order out of chaos and to give birth to new possibilities. Pentecost is celebrated in the Christian Church calendar as the time we mark the new possibilities made possible for us by the life, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This year our celebration of this feast day also included a rejoicing in and participation of our young people. We are so blessed that we have young people in our parish and that they want to be actively involved in our worship, not just in the traditional roles of crucifer and acolytes, but also as lectors (readers of the weekly lessons), chalice bearers (the ones distributing the blood of Christ to others), thurifer (the one “blowing smoke” or incense), greeters (the ones welcoming others into our worship), and instrumentalists (trumpeters and trombone player). Mother Barbara gathered all the young people behind the altar with her as they together celebrated the Eucharist. Her favorite moment was when she asked one young member to raise the bread after its consecration and he raised it high above his head, with a sense of proclamation and joy! That’s what worship is all about — and also what Pentecost is all about.
We then processed to the Memorial Garden to release butterflies, a symbol of the Holy Spirit going to the ends of the earth, as God desires. The celebration was rich and joyous.