My Pentecost daybook for these 8 days of celebrating (today through Trinity Sunday next week).
Join me, won't you? (see all Pentecost Daybook 2016 posts here)
Hear, O sons, a father's instruction,
and be attentive, that you may gain insight,
for I give you good precepts;
do not forsake my teaching.
When I was a son with my father,
tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom; get insight;
do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place on your head a graceful garland;
she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”
all readings for the day: Psalm 8; Proverbs 4:1-9; Luke 2:41-52
you gave the church
the abiding presence of your Holy Spirit.
Look upon your church today and hear our petitions.
Include prayers here for your family, friends, neighborhood and the world.
Grant that, gathered and directed by your Spirit,
we may confess Christ as Lord
and combine our diverse gifts with a singular passion
to continue his mission in this world
until we join in your eternal praise. Amen.
At the Ascension Jesus gave us, his followers, a great task -- to go to all the world, proclaiming with our lives and words the Gospel to all people, everywhere. At Pentecost, He empowered with His own Spirit to accomplish this task. At Pentecost, we get to act out with our everyday lives what the Holy Family embodied at Epiphany, the good news that the gift of Christ is for all people. All of the longing, doubt, grief, and the sins of the world we held up in the dark nights of Advent and Lent, all of the bright hope and relief that resurrected to life with the Risen Christ is channeled into this great movement of Spirit and Church at Pentecost.
The movement of Pentecost is lit for outward projection, the great current of Spirit moves us toward all people, in every nation, everywhere. Some of us send, some of us go, and all of us move toward the peoples of all nations. This is is - our one task, our one job until we are reunited with Christ.
Consider with your friends and families how best to move toward the foreigner in your midst. For the rest of the week, I'll share a few ideas here (thanks to Jessica Snell for ideas shared in Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home)
- Pray for any missionaries around the world that you or your church support. Invite a missionary on home assignment to dinner, or to share with your church or small group about their ministry.
- Write an encouraging letter to a missionary you support and send a care package of treats from home or other items they need.
- Pray daily for all people groups using prompts and resources like those provided by Joshua Project.