Pentecost was a busy and Spirit-filled day at Grace, with a special choral reading of the scripture from Acts and wonderful music during worship. The Church School practiced the short play of the Creation story that they will present next week; the Vestry met after church; and upstairs, Tom along with youth, parents, and other adults launched our new Youth Group over a pot of chili. In the evening, the Choir offered a Pentecost Choral Evensong, with an offering going to Refugee Immigration Ministries, and we welcomed a number of folks from the other five Jewish and Christian congregations we are working with. We raised $696 at that service for RIM!
We also had an unexpected gathering at church on Sunday. On Friday afternoon, Amelia received a call from a chaplain at Mt. Auburn Hospital. A young woman with a terminal cancer diagnosis was about to be married; her family had gathered from overseas for the wedding. Very sadly, she died just before her wedding day, and her family had nowhere to hold her funeral service on Sunday. Could we provide them room? Well, even with all our services and meetings, we were able to find a space and a time for this funeral service, led by the chaplain, just after Vestry and before Evensong.
We pray for the Holy Spirit to inspire us, to work through us. This Sunday, I believe that the Holy Spirit was very present with us, in our celebration of the Holy Eucharist, in our children’s creativity, in the ongoing work of leadership, in the work of starting a new ministry with youth, in prayers sung in the tradition of Anglican choirs of old, and in offering a space at the last minute for family and friends to mourn. May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire us, to challenge us, to comfort us, to draw us nearer to God, this season and always.