The Day of Pentecost: Pentecost is one of the Great Feasts in the Anglican Communion.
The term means “the fiftieth day. It is used in both the OT and the NT. In the OT it refers to a feast of seven weeks known as the Feast of Weeks. It was apparently an agricultural event that focused on the harvesting of first fruits. Josephus referred to Pentecost as the fiftieth day after the first day of Passover. The term is used in the NT to refer to the coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, shortly after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension. ‘When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Acts 2
Christians came to understand the meaning of Pentecost in terms of the gift of the Spirit. The Pentecost event was the fulfillment of a promise which Jesus gave concerning the return of the Holy Spirit.
It emphasizes that the church is understood as the body of Christ which is drawn together and given life by the Holy Spirit. Some understand Pentecost to be the origin and sending out of the church into the world. (An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church)
Re-Opening plans for St. Michael’s Church: After consultation with the members of Parish Council, we are looking at two possible dates on the re-opening our church facilities to in-person worship. These dates are either on July 5th OR July 12th.
The plan is to take a ‘phase approach’. Details of this plan can be found on the Diocesan website at: https://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/news/documents-available-phased-re-opening-for-in-person-worship
Our priority is the safety of our parishioners. We will be guided by the advised of the provincial health officer and the directives of the Archbishop.
Should you have any thoughts about this matter, please let me or the Wardens know. Thank you!
The Venerable Louie Engnan,
Prayer: Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Receiving the spirit is God’s gift to the church. Some thoughts on today’s scripture.
Jesus breathes upon us and gives us the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of peace and truth and joy. At a time of crisis and fear, how do you see yourself empowered by God to be a sign of love, kindness and love to others?
Come Holy Spirit, Come!