This Sunday is Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in Jerusalem, a week or so, after Christ ascended to God. The Spirit blessed and changed them in ways they could not have known beforehand.
For it made them apostles, prepared and able to preach and teach and heal a sad and broken world. Just as we today, looking out over a world full of disconnection, disaffiliation, deceit, and dissatisfaction, can be broken, then renewed for the reality we must face each day. For this world is one where we are asked to give our all, to act as the better part for what is needed. Though our actions are but a drop in the bucket, each of us in little and large ways, makes a difference and that is what counts. We may not fix it, but we will make it a little bit better than it was beforehand. This is the opportunity God gives us, to help bring harmony and kindness and faith into our lives. And into the lives of so many others, for the spirit connects us all.
The movie tonight is To Have and Have Not from 1944. It is a romance, an adventure, a war time espionage and a lovely close up on mid-20th century musical stylings by a true virtuoso, Hoagy Carmichael. Please bring your dinner and join us at 6:30 p.m. for Film Night at SHUMC!
For Pentecost this Sunday, please wear red, the color of the spirit which we celebrate each year, as we move out of Easter and into the new season of Holy Spirit. Pentecost is when we remember how the holy spirit flows like fire, like blood, like the ocean itself, through our cells, community, and all creation.
As an extra special treat, Name that Tune will be played after worship this Sunday during Fellowship time. Organized by Ron, Esther, and Susie, it is a chance to see how good your musical memory is, as we hear tunes from over the years and compete to see who guesses them first!
Church Secretary Lesa Ward is retiring this summer. Thank you Lesa for your faithful service and care since 2019! The church is now looking for a talented person to fill this important role. Please let Pastor Burke or Beth Leeds know of possible candidates. Thank you!
Pastor Audrey is recovering from her hip replacement at a lovely and restful rehabilitation center in Walnut Creek. She looks forward to coming back to St Helena next week and joining the church in July. Please keep her in prayer as she continues to heal and recover into full health.
That’s all for now!
Blessings and see you on Sunday,