Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Day of Pentecost

"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."  Acts

Today we celebrated Pentecost  with a spirit of joy, the wearing of red to represent the cloven tongues of fire, the awareness of the Spirit which permeates the world with love, balloons, the doves of peace, lovely music and a birthday cake for the Church (which, ironically, in these days is being so grievously assaulted by zealot atheists).

Among the hymns we sang was this beautiful and haunting music written by Daniel Iverson in 1926, both words and the tune, ' Living God'.

A small congregation (sigh) - big Rodeo weekend here in the Similkameen and a Cowboy Church under a big striped tent!

Pentecost is an important festival in the life of the Christian Church, but unlike Christmas and Easter it has not yet been secularized or even recognized.......and yet its message of the Spirit of love and peace and grace is so vital to the survival of our civilization, and even of our species.

Whitsun Day

by Christina Rossetti

'When the Day of Pentecost was fully come'

At sound as of rushing wind, and sight as of fire,
Lo flesh and blood made spirit and fiery flame,
Ambassadors in Christ's and the Father's Name,
To woo back a world's desire.

These men chose death for their life and shame for their boast,
For fear courage, for doubt intuition of faith,
Chose love that is strong as death and stronger than death
In the power of the Holy Ghost.


Barb said...

I wish you Love, Peace, and Grace, Hildred.

photowannabe said...

Thanks for sharing. Pentecost is so important and so unrecognized.