Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pentecost


The Art of Flame
Originally uploaded by Jeremy-G
This week, we celebrate Pentecost--the birthday of the church. (And, concurrently, we're marking the 140th Anniversary at First UMC San Diego.) At Water's Edge, there will be bluegrass music (and I get to play spoons).

Pentecost is a bit wild: the Holy Spirit, like tongues of fire, rests on the apostles and gives them the ability to speak to a diverse crowd of people in a multitude of languages which are, for their hearers, everyone's native language.

Amazing.

They hear the same story, but in a mess of different sounds.

How beautiful that the beginning of our church life happened through a unity expressed in vividly diverse ways.

This gives me hope that the future of the church rests secure, as we continue to follow the Spirit's lead, making the good news of Jesus Christ visible in a wide variety of expressions and styles.

I've been excited by the United Methodist Church's new ad campaign, which asks us to "rethink church." Pentecost seems as good a time as any I know to remember that church is not a building, but a way of living. And our call is to be those 10,000 doors that open people to life in the Spirit. May it be so.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Rethink Church" is a great thought as people reorganize and reflect. I can't believe you have been at FUMCSD for 8 years already... enjoy your "time to renew" up in the Sierras. See you in August all refreshed! - Fred

Brian Jester said...

Hi Rev. Molly, the 10000Doors.org link is broken... :-(