The liturgical color for the Day of Pentecost (June 9 this year) is the red of fire, one of the day’s symbols for the Holy Spirit. The Bible often portrays God’s transforming presence through the symbol of fire: Moses and the burning bush, the pillar of fire that led the people of Israel through the wilderness, the fires of Mount Carmel and the temple in Jerusalem that consumed sacrificial offerings. The fire of the Pentecost story which we will read from the book of Acts signifies how a collection of fearful disciples was transformed by the Spirit into a bold and active church.
Remembering that the gift of the Holy Spirit is not just for the church of the past or only a few, everyone is invited to wear red to worship on Sunday. There will be only one worship service this week at 9:30, so we expect to fill the sanctuary with red. Each of us is clothed with power from on high, and signs of the Holy Spirit’s presence abound through the ministries of this congregation! God is continuing to form us into a bold and active church.
Following worship, you are invited to attend an art reception downstairs with Robert Coleman. Children can hear more about the birthday of the church at the pop-up tent and storytelling quilt outside. Look for red balloons, red streamers, blowing bubbles, and birthday cake. It will be a festive day for all ages!
Wear red for Pentecost, and remember the comforting, transforming presence of the Holy Spirit in your life.