Dear Dickinson First Family and Friends,
Join us Sunday for Pentecost as we celebrate “the birth of the church,” when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples and they were empowered by the Spirit of Christ to become the Body of Christ in the world (Acts 2). Pentecost is the only Sunday where the liturgical color is red, representing the tongues of flame of the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples. Our stained-glass cross above the chancel is Pentecost red; it has a white dove embedded within it, another symbol of the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples. Pentecost symbolism is part of our church architecture all the time!
After the day of Pentecost, the rest of the book of The Acts of the Apostles (that’s the official name of the book of Acts) is the story of the church that was born that Spirit-filled day. The story is one of caring and sharing and daring. It tells the ups and downs of the early church. It speaks of worship and discipleship, fellowship and apostleship. It’s a story of faith-in-action. It’s a story of growing and maturing.
This year, I firmly believe that Pentecost is very special. It coincides with our beginning to re-open church facilities for the same faith-in-action - worship, discipleship, fellowship, and apostleship. I believe God is calling us, in this particular Pentecost moment, to ponder anew what it means to be the church, to become the church, in this new age we are entering in the life of humanity in God’s world.
I am as excited as I have ever been for the prospects of the work of the church and our life together under the cross of Jesus Christ. God’s Holy Spirit is descending upon us with the same power - no less - given to the disciples on the first Pentecost. I can hardly wait to experience what God will be doing with us and through us in the days following Pentecost 2021. Come be a part of all of it.