Pentecost 2022

PentecostPentecost Sunday this year is June 5th.  On Pentecost, we remember when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus’ disciples.  As they gathered in Jerusalem 10 days after Jesus’ ascension, they saw tongues of fire, heard rushing wind and began speaking in many languages.  Because the disciples could then share the good news with all the pilgrims assembled for the Pentecost festival, the occasion marks the birthday of the Christian church.  That day alone, about 3,000 people devoted their lives to Christ.

Like the Holy Spirit, Pentecost is important and relevant today.  As theologian Henri Nouwen writes, “Without Pentecost the Christ-event - the life, death and resurrection of Jesus - remains imprisoned in history as something to remember, think about, and reflect on.  The Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell within us, so that we can become living Christs here and now.”


Guidelines for In-Person Worship

East Elevation.1Our Session has voted to resume in-person worship on Sunday, May 24th.  Obviously, the services will be a bit different from those pre-Covid-19.  Here are the guidelines we will be following as we reopen our doors for worship.


We have to assume that simply because we have a date to begin worshiping again that it does not mean we simply go back to the way it was, or that the way it was will even be available to us for quite some time.  We need to deal compassionately and carefully with those already in the church family and with those in the community we would want to reach.  Attending an in-person worship experience should not be seen as a test of our faith.  It is not God’s will that we endanger ourselves or the community in order to maintain our previous faith practices and traditions.  By adapting to serve in new ways we may actually be able to better honor both God and neighbor.  Attending to the needs of anyone uncomfortable with or unable to attend worship is an important shepherding task as we discern which activities we can and should designate as in-person.

Read more: Guidelines for In-Person Worship