Next Sunday, May 28, is Pentecost Sunday – which commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, the Comforter that Jesus promised to his followers before his departure.
The New King James Version states it this way, ‘When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there was a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, …….. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit….. (Acts 2). It marks the beginning of the Christian church’s mission to the world.
I feel the best part is that God keeps giving spiritual gifts to all God’s people ever since.
A few reminders for you:
- Next Sunday, May 28, Confirmation is taking place at the Cathedral for candidates from the four parishes: Church of the Ascension, the Good Shepherd, St. Mary’s, and St. Michael’s. All are welcome!
- I presume May 29, Monday, at 2 is already highlighted on your calendar to remind you of the card party!!
- Did you sign up to read at one of the services this summer? It’s still not too late – just call the church office or sign the sheet at the church’s entrance.
- Another hot free take-out meal is in the making for this evening between 5 and 6 p.m. at the entrance of the Church of the Good Shepherd. Covid-19 protocols are still being observed.
- There is a need of several parishioners to help staff the gate (2-hour shifts) and direct traffic for the annual Flower Service at the Kenmount Road Cemetery in mid-July. If you would like to help out, please let Randy, the People’s warden, know.
- Clean-up time is fast approaching for the church’s property. If possible, please arrive at the church on Tuesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. along with your cleaning up tools – rakes, wheel barrels, brooms, and whatever else will help with the spring clean up. Here’s hoping for good weather, and a good turnout!
- As you now know, the diocese is lifting all remaining restrictions we have followed due to the pandemic, starting next Sunday, May 28, which includes restoring the common cup. Please take a few minutes to read the section in your Chimes regarding this. Also, I feel it is really important to read Dean Bellamy’s reflection on ‘Receiving Holy Communion, which I am attaching to this email.
Warmer days are coming!
God Bless you all,
Jean (On behalf of the Ascension)