Sunday is Pentecost, often considered the birthday of the Church because the Holy Spirit fell upon the Apostles and other followers, granting them the wisdom and power to continue Christ’s work in the world.
Birthdays are often times a day to celebrate our existence, but a birthday for the Church is also a chance to give thanks for the gift that the Church is in our own lives. It is for us a second home (perhaps even a first), a family, a school, a recovery ward, and a temple. It is also a place to connect with God that is set aside from other concerns. Needs, spanning from the spiritual to the emotional to the physical, are met here.
Birthdays are also a time to think about the year to come, and I have been spending a lot of time thinking about Trinity’s future. So much of our conversation as a community has been focused on addressing some form of crisis: the lightning strike, the organ renovation, the elimination of the debt, and our financial concerns. Now so much of that is past us and we have this wide open space of potential, it is a good time to pause, reflect and pray, and ask ourselves three questions:
What is God calling us to do?
Whom is God calling to do it?
And when is God wanting this to be done?
I hope you will join me in praying with earnestness and faith on these three topics.
I would be unforgivably remiss if I did not also acknowledge the fact that this Sunday is the Rev. Susan Terry’s last Sunday as our Assistant Rector. Most of you know Susan through her ministries at Trinity, not just her work with children and youth but also her pastoral and liturgical presence, her talented preaching, and her spiritual grace. For me, I know her best as a friend and confidant, the kind of person who will lovingly tell you to your face that you are wrong for the sole purpose of making you a better person (if you don’t know what kind of gift that is, you should find a person like that). She has been a constant source of wisdom and strength to me. I’m telling you this not because I hope she will read this and realize it, because she already knows, but just because as a Church, as a community based on group discipleship, we celebrate our saints—people whose lives reflect the presence of the Holy Spirit gifted to us at Pentecost. And Susan has been a living saint amongst us, and we have been blessed by her presence