Today is Pentecost, the birthday of the church. Here we celebrate the day by a festive worship service, and we have plenty of red balloons floating around It is a time of celebration and joy, as we re-live the time when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and sent them out into the world to proclaim the Good News - that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world
Today is the thrid biggest holiday in the church year, and it is one that is often overlooked. For too long we Lutherans were a bit scared of Pentecost, because is was a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit, and that made us nervous (as well it should, for who knows where the Spirit will lead us). But now, we are reclaiming this holiday, and we are celebrating it with an urgent sense of joy. The Spirit is here, the Spirit empowers us to do God's work in the world. The Spirit leads us into uncharted waters -all for the sake of the gospel.
Today we celebate the heart of what it means to be the church. We are a people gathered by the Spirit. We are brothers and sisters who have been given the gift of the Spirit in our lives. We are part of a body who relies on the Spirit to guide us as we go about our work, sharing God's lvoe for others in our words and deeds.
So today, may we all be blessed with the power of the Spirit in our lives. May we celebrate this great gift and wonderful birthday. And may we come together as the body that we are, working for the good of others, blessing others with the grace and love we have been blessed with as well.