What a great day we had last Sunday as we worshiped God through music. We are grateful to Joe Martin and Milburn Price for leading the choral workshop on Saturday and conducting on Sunday music that each of them have composed. And, of course, Joe's piano concert on Saturday evening was amazing and inspiring! If you missed it, check it out here. If you've never seen someone play the strings inside the piano, then don't miss the last piece of the concert.
This Sunday is Pentecost, and Trinity, along with churches and Christians around the world, will commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost comes from the Greek word pentekotos which means "fifty" because we remember how the Holy Spirit was poured out on the people gathered in Jerusalem fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also recognize that still today God pours out the Holy Spirit on followers of Christ and enables us to serve with passion and boldness.
Pentecost is also called the birthday of the Church because, before that day, there were followers of Jesus Christ, but there was not a movement called "the church." This Sunday, we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the coming together of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church in 1968 to form the United Methodist Church. With the many divisions in our Church and in the world, it is powerful to be celebrating the uniting of followers of Christ to form the Church and the coming together of these two denominations to form one "united" Church.
I'll look forward to seeing you Sunday and invite you to wear red too as we celebrate Pentecost.