A Word from Laura: Pentecost, with Enthusiasm

While the twitterverse fires up this week over a nonsense word from the POTUS feed1, our church is gearing up to celebrate another kind of fire and language, the day of Pentecost. Even as leaders use inflammatory rhetoric (and nonsense?) to insult and divide us as a nation, we remember the gift of tongues of fire, signs of God’s Holy Spirit at work in the first disciples, giving speech so that all could hear in their own language the good news of God’s love in Christ. In a time of strange and sad news, we still have that same good news – the best news of all – to share.

We’ll observe Pentecost this Sunday by welcoming Rev. John Molina-Moore as our new parish associate for community life and Julia Burkley as our summer ministry fellow. We’ll witness the Spirit claiming little Sam Laryea Winograd in the waters of baptism and feeding all of us with the bread of life in communion. We’ll continue the celebration with our spring picnic, rain or shine. (Bring a dish to share, and bring a friend to share it!) And you’ll have a chance to walk on the newly refinished floors in our halls and Courtyard Room; thanks to Bill Saint for his coordinating efforts.

One other piece of happy news: we have surpassed our goal for the spring “One for Western” campaign! Thanks to your generosity and financial support, the total came to just over $59,000, a sign of enthusiastic commitment for what God has in store for our church. Special thanks to all of you whose dedication made this possible.

Speaking of enthusiasm, it’s the perfect word for this week. “Enthusiasm” comes from a Greek word meaning “God within,” a reference to the Spirit who inspires and gives life. As we prepare for Pentecost, know that you are truly enthusiastic, no matter how you feel. I hope that you feel it, though, about life in the church, the coming of summer, or God’s Spirit still at work no matter the nonsense.

With enthusiasm and joy,