Today we mark Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit among the apostles and followers of Jesus. Celebrated 50 days after Easter (including the day of Easter itself), the name of the holiday comes from the Greek Pentēkostē, which literally means “the 50th day.”
Bulletin Insert: Easter 7 (B) – Meet Our Religious Communities: The Third Order, Society of St. Francis – May 16, 2021
In 1205, Francis of Assisi was called by God to rebuild the Church. Early in his ministry, Francis recognized the need to include people from all walks of life within his movement of reform and renewal. The work of following Christ in humility, love, and joy, which is the vocation of all Christians, could not be restricted to the traditional and cloistered life of the Friars and Sisters (First and Second Orders). The Third Order was born.
Last November at the Holding onto Hope service at the National Cathedral, I preached that the mountain in Matthew, chapter 5, was not incidental to the story. Jesus went to and spoke from the Mount so that folks could see the Promised Land. He pointed us in the direction of God’s promise and asked us to be bold in following him.
The Episcopal Church greets Pentecost with One in the Spirit, a Way of Love Revival Weekend designed to fan the flames of hope, celebrate difference, honor creation, foster beloved community, and send people toward Jesus’s Way of Love. The weekend of events includes the following:
After two years and more than 1,300 surveys, the ground-breaking Racial Justice Audit of Episcopal Leadership (iam.ec/rja) is now available to the wider church and public.
Bulletin Insert: Easter 3 (B) – Meet Our Religious Communities: What’s in It for Me? – April 18, 2021
Connection with a religious order can include spiritual guidance and friendship, resources, connection with other friends of the community, and retreat opportunities. Religious communities offer prayers for the world and individuals as requested.
“There are so many voices in the world, telling us who we are, what we should do, and how we will be fulfilled. They tell us to focus on our desires, on our cravings, on being the best individual we can be. The world, we are told, revolves around each of us.”
“When I get to heaven — and I know it may sound presumptuous for me to say it, but I live by grace and believe in amazing grace — when I get to heaven, I certainly want to see the Lord.”
“Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life.”
Bulletin Insert: Lent 5 (B) – Meet Our Religious Communities: Community of Divine Love – March 21, 2021
The Community of Divine Love (CDL) is an Episcopal monastery for both men and women.
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