Welcome to church! Today Christians the world over celebrate Pentecost. In John 14, Jesus foretold the Holy Spirit's coming,
"I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you."
We celebrate this promise and reality to this day!
We also celebrate bringing the family together with the start of our summer schedule, beginning today. From now until Labour Day we will meet together Sundays at 10 am. For the next five Sundays we will also make a point of wearing name tags and finishing each service with a barbecue lunch together. There is a suggested donation of a few bucks, but don't let that deter you; stay and join us if you can!
I also wanted to let you in on something I've been learning! Earlier this month, Carol Hawkes, Brendan Messer, and I had the opportunity to attend a resiliency workshop with the school district. The presenter, herself a Christian, "preached" the concept of resiliency, or looking for the positive in a person's life and building from those strengths. This contrasts a traditional deficit model in which you highlight what's missing in a person's life. How does this relate to the church? Ultimately, it is about seeing the "redeemability" in everyone you encounter, much as Jesus does. Embracing this change in perspective allows you to see anyone—coworker, student, child, parent, sibling, spouse—in a new light, as one worthy of redemption and capable of change. Let's breathe life into the people we come in contact with! Start looking for strengths in those around you.