I cannot speak to the "last days" part of the Pentecost story (and neither can anyone else really). But that pouring out of the Spirit, that was going on at SOV on Pentecost Sunday.
We sang lustily (is it alright to use that word about worship?). There was a great crowd of folks, abuzz with just being there. But in my mind it is the speaking of six young folks that stands out. They spoke of faith, doubt, wonderment, the reality of their own brief history. The courage it took to stand up and speak in front of all of us was impressive, and while they did the speaking I truthfully believe the Spirit empowered them to do so.
And the Spirit was present with those of us who simply listened as well. But we didn't "simply" listen. We listened because we value those who spoke. We love those who spoke, haltingly or confidently. It is the Spirit alive in us who guides and empowers that love.
Oh, the Spirit was alive alright. May we continue to be empowered as we grow together, or sometimes in seperate ways. And may we continue to be aware of, and surprised by, the presence of the Spirit amongst us. Yes, even us at SOV.
"Almighty God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you have given us life, granted us wisdom and blessed us with your abiding presence. You care for us and provide for our needs. Out of thanksgiving may we offer our own offerings. May the gifts that we give help breathe new life into those in need and be a tangible sign of your ongoing creation. In Jesus name. Amen."
Wednesday, Vesper service 6:30 pm (last Vesper service until fall)
Thursday, All Church Member Luncheon 12:00 pm @ SOV
Saturday, 'Move Out' day in Albany 9:00 am
Sunday, May 30th ONE WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10:30 AM