Pentecost: this Sunday

I'm grateful to share this blessing for Pentecost with you from Pastor Steven Garnaas-Holmes, who graciously agreed to let it be shared on our blog:
Jan Richardson, Fire and Breath
They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

                  —Acts 2.4

Holy Spirit, loosen our tongues and teach us 
new languages of love. 
Help us convey your grace across the divides of language,
of culture and race and class and identity.
Put the breath of love in our lungs,
the words of mercy on our tongues,
the song of grace on our lips.
Help us give voice to blessing
that is clear in any language.
Give us grace to listen to every foreign tongue,
respect every foreign story, and honor every foreign soul,
for you have sent us to them
so they may know their belovedness,
and they may reveal to us our own.
Spirit of God, breathe in us.
Spirit of love, sing in us.
Spirit of justice, rise in us to do your will. 


Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light,

JOIN US:  Please join us this Sunday as we welcome the Spirit's presence with us and in the world.  We'll be invited to participate in a meditation of the Gifts of the Spirit.  Pick up red candles at Grace (one for each family member, including children!) or feel free to use your own.