Pentecost

Matt DampierCliffNotes, Frontpage News

Dear Christ Church,

Have you ever noticed the triptych art piece behind the altar? It was designed specifically for Christ Church by Phaedra Taylor, and as you begin to pay attention to it, the theme of Pentecost stands out.

Beginning in the left panel, there are golden gifts coming down from above. Our neighborhood footprint is situated in the midst of the left panel. On the right, a banksia plant explodes upward in life. The gifts are beginning to be opened. The central panel is trinitarian with old wood, wax, and steel connected together. Words from Acts 2 and Psalm 85 run down the edge of that center panel.

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. It’s that day in the Christian calendar when we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus had told his disciples to remain in Jerusalem until they are clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49). This is a curious statement. And then Jesus leaves the disciples and ascends back to the Father. And the disciples remain in Jerusalem. Alone. Waiting.

Suddenly there’s a sound like a rushing wind and fire itself seems to fall from heaven.

I love how Eugene Peterson translates this in the Message, “Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks…” (Acts 2:2-3).

The Spirit came like a wildfire and a new community of people was born, the church. It’s common to come church on Sunday wearing red to remember the fire-gift from above.

Last Sunday we began a new series on bearing witness. And this week, on Pentecost Sunday, we’ll continue that series and ask “How does the Holy Spirit empower us to bear witness about Christ?”

Along the lines of bearing witness, our new Wednesday night series, Mind Matters, is beginning this upcoming week. This would be a great time to bring a friend who’s got questions about God. There’s no need to register, simply show up!

See you this Sunday,

Matt+