Dear Friends, This month we will celebrate Pentecost, which literally means 50th day and refers to 50 days after Easter when the Holy Spirit came upon the people with power. Originally, though, it was a Jewish feast day known as Shavuot, recalling the giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai. On Pentecost we celebrate that the Spirit of God rested upon our ancestors long ago and continues to dwell in each of our lives.
Dear Friends, Many of you will read this newsletter as we move into Holy Week, that final week of remembrance of Jesus’ earthly life. We will journey with him - up and down the streets of Jerusalem, moving from his humble yet triumphant entry into the city through the throes and sorrows of his mock trial, beatings, and crucifixion, and ultimately to his tomb and the days of dark waiting.
What holds us during this time? What held Jesus through the torture, believing triumph would yet be?