We Celebrate Pentecost
We remember, we celebrate, we believe in the presence of the Holy Spirit within us and among us on this feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is a time to remember what God has done, to celebrate what God is doing and to affirm our belief that, “The Spirit’s power working in us can do more than we can hope for or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20. Reflecting on our past year is a way to savor our experience of God as a faith community and in our daily lives .
SUMMER AND AUTUMN
Last July, the homily proclaimed that ministry is always a “WE” endeavor of collaboration. In September we launched a vision of Hope and ministry thematically as Superheroes for Christ. A Superhero is defined as an individual entrusted with the heroic mission and granted superpowers to carry out their noble work. In baptism and through the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost , we are entrusted with and empowered for Christ’s own heroic m ission. We are Superheroes for Christ sharing in a heavenly mission through ministry on earth.
Prayer Steps to Hope:
Honesty – Being completely candid with God about our thoughts, feelings and situation.
Openness – Consciously affirming God’s ability to do more for us than we are able to do for ourselves, through the transformation of our mind, heart and spirit.
Perspective – Asking God to reveal in prayer new ways of seeing ourselves, others and circumstances with eyes of faith and love.
Enduran ce – Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit for courage, self – control, strength and inner peace.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
During the season of Advent and Christmas we Wrapped our Gifts in Prayer becoming agents of hope for others. Christmas gift giving is intended to be a visible symbol of love and Christian service in action. Wrapping our gifts in prayer added a spiritual dimension to gift giving. The gift tag attached to each gift reading, “You r Gift is Wrapped in Prayer” was a witness to our spirituality in action.
LENT AND EASTER
Our Parish Lenten Retreat, Dona Nobis Pacem used the Latin translation of our English words Grant Us Peace as a prayer that could be repeated often during each day and as a musical form of prayer during worship.
Paths to Peace – PACEM
P — Prayer
The prayer Dona Nobis Pacem , Grant Us Peace awakens us to God’s peaceful presence dwelling deep within us. We pray Grant Us Peace and not Grant me Peace because our prayer, like the symbolic gestures in the sign of the cross, always reaches both to God and toward our brothers and sisters. Peace is experienced in relationships that reach out and are other directed. Pra yer is the way that we direct our attention, focus and learn to trust God more fully. Praying Dona Nobis Pacem when we are anxious frustrated or angry is a way to open ourselves to God’s peace.
A — Abundance
Prayer awakens us to God’s abundance and action in our lives. God is an ever – present and eternal source of what is needed for healing and peace.
C — Contrition
God’s abundance helps us to discover areas in our lives where we are lacking, sinful or broken. Contrition is the honest acknowledgment of our need for change. Contrition is the first step in the process of receiving God’s help, forgiveness and the grace of complete, life – giving reconciliation.
E — Encouragement
Encountering God with a contrite heart lifts us into God’s encouraging embrace, grant ing us the fortitude to live loving lives of service.
M — Mission
Our mission is to promote the flourishing of all peoples through spirituality, service and social ministry. God’s peace gives us the courage to stand for truth, walk toward beauty and work for goodness in word and deed. We become not only peace – lovers but peace – makers of Christ’s peace on earth .
On this feast of Pentecost we celebrate the diversity of God gifts. Our willingness to share our unique talents is symbolized through this celebration of our multi – language Eucharist.
Our procession into church worship begins beneath the raised flag or standard of red, yellow and orange. A Standard is a banner or flag used throughout the ages as a rallying focus to be followed for both civil and church processions, parades and in battle. We follow the Standard of Christ:
Red – Spirituality that enables faith.
Yellow – Service that is an agent of hope.
O range – Social community that engenders love.
Today we wrap ourselves in the colors of flame – red, yellow and orange as a reminder that we are to be gift to each other in faith, hope and love through spirituality, service and social ministry.