Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Holy Spirit Descending

 The Collect for the Day of Pentecost:

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Story:

The disciples had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish festival of weeks, or Pentecost.  Jesus had ascended to his Father, taking our human nature into heaven where he intercedes for us at every moment.  Jesus had told the disciples they shouldn't be sad at his departure from them because an Advocate would come for them.  On this day, we are told in Acts that the Holy Spirit poured out upon them and they spoke the languages of all the people in Jerusalem so that all could hear the Good News, the Gospel.  We celebrate this day as the birthday of the Church.

At St. James, Taylor:

On this day, we will celebrate the birthday of the Church as we baptize nine-month old Paxton Michael Louvier.  Paxton is the son of Morgan Tara Louvier and Dane Michael Louvier and the brother of Lorelei Charlotte.  His godparents are his aunt and uncle, Dr. Nan Garrett and William Edwards.  Bishop Andy Doyle says in his book, Unabashedly Episcopalian, "When we present someone to be baptized - child or adult - the vision is not only of individual transformation but of an always evolving body of Christ."  As Paxton is baptized in the body of Christ, we will renew our baptismal vows as a community, affirming that the Holy Spirit continues to pour over us and transform us.

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