As we approach Pentecost, the fruits of God’s Spirit working among us are wonderfully evident. Each day for the past couple of weeks the Narthex has been busy with people working on our stained glass window. I love visiting with people as they make careful cuts or fit colorful pieces of glass together. We are celebrating our love for God as we create this prayer in glass and light.
Another fruit of the Spirit is our new Care Teams ministry. Care Teams and the Care Teams list allow us to pray for and support one another. What a gift it is to be able to give love and support, and to know when love and support are needed. If you know of or have a prayer need, call the office and get that need onto the Care Team list. If you would like to be on one of the Care Teams, talk to Dennis Beals, Karen Tynes, or me.
Pentecost falls on June 12th this year and we are again planning a celebration and experience of the presence of the Holy Spirit among us at St. Dunstan’s. The first service, 8:00am at the Henry Chapel, will start our celebration. This service has grown wonderfully this year, both in attendance and in fellowship, with the new “coffee hour” after the service.
The second service, starting at 10:00am at St. Dunstan’s, will begin with an introit that draws from the ancient tradition of monastic chant. The service will be dramatic, beautiful and moving. Like our Palm Sunday Service and the Easter Vigil, we will incorporate movement, drama and music. Our stained glass window, “The Light of God”, will be installed in time for this service (God willing) and we will dedicate the window at this service. Then, gathered under the new window around our Baptismal font we will baptize a new member of our congregation.
This Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend, many of us will be enjoying the traditional beginning of the summer season with family gatherings and events. At St. Dunstan’s Church we are planning a service that will include some of our most beloved music. “Joyful, joyful we adore thee!” Patricia Yeager will grace us with her harp before, during and after the service.
God is certainly working among us and through us. I thank God for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, giving us the will, courage and strength to do God’s work in and through our lives.
Your brother in Christ,
The Rev. David Marshall