The death of George Floyd in Minnesota during his arrest is disturbing and heartbreaking. The pain being expressed by protestors is hard to hear. The anger being shown in the demonstrations is hard to see. The rioting and violence is hard to understand. We know that we need to address the deeply rooted racism in our country. And we may be asking how?
There is a saying that if we are not part of the solution we are part of the problem.
How can we make this world a safer place in a time of pandemic and prejudice? How can we celebrate Pentecost and promote it as a party when people are dying?
This year Pentecost falls on the eve of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance on June first which will be marked with silence at noon. Let’s join together in prayer and observe that time of silence together. And then we must each commit to finding other ways to learn, to teach, to listen, to spread love instead of hate, and take care of those who need us to stand beside them (socially distanced) to save their lives.
May 31st is Pentecost Sunday.
We will have our regular worship gathering and announcements from 9:30 – 10:00 on the regular worship zoom link.
At 10:00 Church Announcements and sharing of Joys and Concerns on the regular zoom link
and then you are invited to attend the worship service by going directly to this link
On Pentecost we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples and it is a pretty dramatic story! You are invited to a very special combined worship service with our UCC neighbors and my colleagues in the Upper Valley – Rev. Kim McKerley of Bethany UCC Church in Randolph, Rev. Amanda Swoyer of the North Pomfret UCC and Rev. Mandy Lape-Freeberg of the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College in Hanover
On Pentecost we celebrate the birth-day of the church – the expansion of the community of Jesus followers. So too, this Pentecost, we will enjoy a service that expands our community to include other Jesus followers. We think of Pentecost as the birthday of the church because it was then that the disciples started boldly preaching and telling the stories of Jesus. Because of their bold and courageous witnessing, many people converted that day to being Jesus followers. Thus, the birth – day of the church!
You are invited to join in the Special Pentecost celebration on Sunday. While remembering the grief and pain of our country, you can still think about how to make worship festive in your own home . . . .
*you can wear red which is the symbolic color of the Holy Spirit (pastors often wear red stoles for Pentecost)
*you can bake a birthday cake to enjoy after worship and sing Happy Birthday to the Church!
* you can make your own pinwheels which spin in the wind because the disciples experienced the Holy Spirit like “a rushing wind” (see attached simple pinwheel pattern). (and once you have done a simple pinwheel, try experimenting – make a star pinwheel with 5 wings or add more color or heavier paper or use a yardstick to make a big pinwheel!)
*another wind activity – go fly a kite! What keeps a kite in the air? You can’t see it, but the wind gives the kite height and strength just as we can’t see the Holy Spirit, but it gives us strength and lifts us up and blows where it will.
We hope that you will join in the Pentecost Celebration in your own way.
And please take pictures of your at home Pentecost Celebration to share with the whole church family!
Combined Pentecost Worship Service (can be viewed at any time!)