The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday
“O God… do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before.”

On this fiftieth day of Easter, the Church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost, which reminds us of the fulfillment of God’s promise that Jesus would not leave us comfortless after his ascent into heaven. The Biblical account of this event in Luke’s Book of Acts speaks of the apostles hearing “a sound like the rush of a violent wind” and tongues of fire descending upon each of the disciples. At that time, each of Jesus’s followers would apparently “speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” The good news of Christ (euangélion in Greek or gospel in English) was no longer to be reserved for the Jews alone. Jesus's disciples began to preach God’s word worldwide and gave rise to the Church universal, otherwise known as catholic.

But the story of that day cannot be contained to one single event in our salvation history. The Holy Spirit continues to fill us with the power of God’s love each day and draws us together into the one Body of Christ in the world. Indeed, through the power of God’s Spirit, we find ourselves called to pray in the first place. And as Christians, we recognize the Spirit’s gifts as wisdom, understanding, guidance, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and the joyful awareness of God’s grandeur. So let us be joyful together this Sunday and give God praise for the gift of God’s revelation that continues to unfold in the world about us.

“O Holy Spirit, by whose breath, life rises vibrant out of death; come to create, renew, inspire; come, kindle in our hearts your fire. … From inner strife, grant us release; turn nations to the ways of peace. To fuller life your people bring that as one body we may sing: Praise to the Father, Christ, His Word, and to the Spirit: God the Lord, to whom all honor, glory be both now and for eternity.” (Hymnal 1982, 502)

The 10:00 a.m. service premieres on YouTube at 9:45 a.m. and remains available afterwards. If you are worshiping virtually, you may follow along with the service bulletin. See the Week-at-a-Glance below for the complete Sunday schedule.

Preaching on Sunday 5th June: The Rector
New Staff Member
It is my pleasure to introduce Jeff Drake to The Falls Church community as Buildings and Grounds Supervisor. With a background in building and playground construction, Jeff comes to us most recently as a foreman at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, Maryland. He began his employment at The Falls Church June 1 and has already hit the ground running. When you’re at the church, stop in and welcome Jeff to the staff and to the parish. We’re thrilled that he has joined us and look forward to working with him on this amazing (and demanding) campus.
History Tours Are Back

If you're interested in finding out more about the long history of The Falls Church, grab a cup of coffee after church this Sunday and come to the history room (next door to the parlor). Docent/historian Joe Ewbank will offer a tour and discussion beginning there and proceeding to the Historic Church. Questions are welcomed.
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PLUS Join our Music Director Julie Huang Tucker in celebrating the release of QuinTango’s new album, OBSESIÓN, as well as the 80th birthday of the ensemble’s founder, Joan Singer, with a champagne and cake reception this Friday night, June 3 at 7:30 pm at the Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum.
TFCE Week-at-a-Glance
For activities June 5 - June 12, click here
Parish Prayer List
Please use the Prayer List in your prayers for each other and the world. 
Praying for each other and the needs of the world is a powerful way to love our neighbors as ourselves! THIS WEEK’S PRAYER LIST
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