Dear Christ Church,
Priests and kings, that’s what we are. This is a high calling, one that feels too vaulted for our frame, but it’s right there in St. Peter’s letter to the church; he calls us a “royal priesthood.”
This Sunday is Pentecost, the day of the year where we turn our attention to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all God’s people, empowering everyone one of us for mission and godliness, in every arena of our daily life and work. Join us this Sunday as we connect the dots between the gift of the Spirit and our vocations.
Also, don’t forget that on May 22 we have a Parish Meeting, an update on several fronts, including the Medina St. property. We won’t have all the numbers back from contractors in time for this meeting to present a final design, but we will catch you up on the work done and adjustments made since our last update, and what to expect as the design budget and design dreams find each other in the next 4-6 weeks. We will be increasing frequency of these updates as we enter a new stage of the process. Again, please join us for this and other parish updates on May 22 at 10am.
As we look toward Pentecost Sunday, may we each be consumed by the holy fire of God the Spirit. You might like to spend some time with this powerful poem by T. S. Eliot:
The dove descending breaks the air
With flame of incandescent terror
Of which the tongues declare
The one discharge from sin and erro.
The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre-
To be redeemed from fire by fire
Who then devised the torment? Love.
Love is the unfamiliar Name
Behind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove.
We only live, only suspire
Consumed by either fire or fire.