E-Newsletter for Sunday, August 20

Capital Campaign Update, Summer Worship Gathering, Celebrate our Latino Ministry, and More in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, August 20    http://mailchi.mp/7c791235a32e/ey7eu7o5mr-1265137

From the Parish Administrator
Ms. Cindi Sanders

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Since September 1999, St. John's has provided a meal to those who are hungry in our community. No questions asked. We also provide to our guests takeaway bags of five food items on Sundays. 

Recently we have had kitchen managers who have felt called to other ministries or to other projects. Do you feel a certain sense of fulfillment when you feed people? Does it make you happy to see family and friends gathered around the table eating food that you prepared? You may be called to be a Loving Spoonful kitchen manager.

The job of a kitchen manager is to coordinate with me what meal will be served on the day that the kitchen manager is in charge. The kitchen manager prepares the meal, along with volunteers who have signed up for that day, and then serves our guests. The kitchen manager makes sure all volunteers are wearing plastic gloves, hats, are following health department procedures, and supervises kitchen cleanup.

Right now we are looking for kitchen managers! The expectation would be serving as kitchen manager on Wednesdays and/or Sundays. Your start time would depend on the meal being served on your assigned date. Wednesdays we serve from 5:30 – 6:30pm and Sundays we serve from 1:00 – 2:00pm. Kitchen Managers would be scheduled once every 6 or 7 weeks.

This is a ministry that our guests have come to depend on and love. They have formed their own community inside of ours, our church is their church, our space is their space, too, even if only for a few hours, even though it's in a different way than we experience community and church.

One of our kitchen managers, Alicia Hager, wrote once about the different kind of communion that is offered in the Loving Spoonful kitchen. She wrote about how we are all finding grace, how we are all coming to the table and being fed. This is an important ministry and if you feel called to it I would ask you to get in touch with me so we can talk more.

If you don't feel called to be a kitchen manager, or don't feel that you can make the time commitment, there are other ways you can help! We have a whiteboard outside of the kitchen that lists our most common supplies and ingredients. Take a look, maybe you could donate some of those items. We have someone that has volunteered to go and pick up food from LOVE in Action every week or so. It would be great to have another volunteer, too. With another volunteer, you would only have to visit Love in Action once a month. 

There's an old saying about how it takes a village, and it does take a village to continue feeding 25 – 35 hungry people twice per week at St. John's. This is not something that I or the other kitchen managers can do on our own, we need your help.

Please prayerfully consider offering your assistance so that we can keep this ministry moving. Feeding people who are hungry, offering community to those who don't have any other, while we change lives. 
   
With Joy,
Cindi

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E-Newsletter for Sunday, August 13

Guest Preacher this Sunday, Canterbury Choir News, Gearing up for VBS, and More in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, August 13    http://mailchi.mp/001c0b87b589/ey7eu7o5mr-1262817

From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP

Dear *|FNAME|*,

The guest preacher for this Sunday, Father Martin Smith, is a well-known figure in the Episcopal Church.

Father Smith has served as chaplain to the Episcopal Church House of Bishops from 1993–1997. He is the author of numerous books, the most well-known being The Word Is Very Near You: A Guide to Praying with Scripture, along with the acclaimedReconciliation: Preparing for Confession in the Episcopal Church.

I first met Father Martin Smith as a professor in one of my doctoral classes, a class on how the insights of the tradition of Spiritual Direction could be a way to approach pastoral ministry. For example, when someone says they don't like something, instead of feeling a need to explain why something is done a certain way, Martin would say, "Perhaps say to them, it sounds like this has had a deep affect upon your experience of God. That must be difficult… have you instead been experiencing God in other ways?" That way, what could be a question about preferences or personalities becomes a moment of discernment about the presence of God in our lives.

Don't get me wrong, I have certainly not mastered this ability—but it has been a part of my own priestly life I have sought to cultivate ever since. 

Later, I got to experience Father Smith's wisdom again at our Diocesan Convention a couple years ago. I remember being deeply moved by what he said, as he invited us to embody God's desire for the world.

What an amazing concept. Imagine God's desire for the world. Imagine the way he yearns for humanity. You and I are called to be the bodily manifestation of that desire.

That's actually a phrase we hear regularly at St. John's. One of the Postcommunion Prayers at the Wednesday noon service of Holy Eucharist & Healing includes us praying, "We thank you for feeding us with this bread. May it strengthen us that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may embody your desire and be renewed for your service through Jesus Christ our Savior." After hearing Father Smith use this concept at convention, it has always struck me more deeply.

I am very delighted by the honor of having him preach at our parish this Sunday, at both the 8:30am and 10:00am liturgies. You will not want to miss it.

I truly believe that you will likewise find your own faith strengthened, your hunger for God deepened, and your commitment to embody God's desire for the world further emboldened. 

Through Grace,

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E-Newsletter for Sunday, August 6

Coast Guard Saturday, Capital Campaign Update, Loving Spoonfuls Help, and More in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, August 6    http://mailchi.mp/6fec957f4de0/ey7eu7o5mr-1260405

From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP

Dear *|FNAME|*,

The United States Coast Guard was created by Congress in August of 1790. It was originally known as the "Revenue Marine" or "Revenue Cutter Service" and focused on the collecting of customs duties at our nation's seaports. In 1915, it merged with the US Life-Saving Service and became the modern Coast Guard. 

During times of war, the Coast Guard can be transferred to the US Department of the Navy, something that has happened twice, once during World War I and then again during World War II. That said, the Coast Guard has actually been involved in every US war from 1790 through the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Indeed, on its own, the Coast Guard is the world's 12th largest naval force. 

The brave women and men who serve in the Coast Guard focus on maritime homeland security, maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, marine environmental protection, and the maintenance of river, intracoastal and offshore aids to navigation (ATON). It functions differently than other parts of the armed forces. It has a maritime law enforcement role in domestic and international waters but it also has a federal regulatory agency as a part of its mission. 

The Coast Guard is comprised of 42,000 active duty personnel, with an additional nearly 49,000 in reserve, auxiliary, or other roles. They serve bravely in their tasks, with an organizational structure that enables quick response to crisis and emergency. During this week, as we do every year in Grand Haven, we have been honoring the Coast Guard.

This Saturday, I invite you to join us for the Grand Parade. Come early at 10:00am for Morning Prayer with hymns, led by  the St. Cecilia Choir. Enjoy the luncheon fundraiser served by our El Corazón Latino Ministry, and then the parade itself. 

As you sing the opening hymn on Saturday, remember these brave women and men in their service—and perhaps pray the prayer in the extra verse to the hymn written specifically in their honor:

Eternal Father, Lord of hosts,
Watch o'er the ones who guard our coasts.
Protect them from the raging seas
And give them light and life and peace.
Grant them from thy great throne above
The shield and shelter of thy love.

Through Grace,

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E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 30

Bishop’s Visit this Sunday, Capital Campaign Update, Coast Guard Parade, and More in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 30    http://mailchi.mp/ec044204e267/ey7eu7o5mr-1257629

From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Each time a new bishop is ordained in the Episcopal Church, the Presiding Bishop says the following to the bishop-elect in the Examination:

You are called to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the Church; to celebrate and to provide for the administration of the sacraments of the New Covenant; to ordain priests and deacons and to join in ordaining bishops; and to be in all things a faithful pastor and wholesome example for the entire flock of Christ.

This simple paragraph lays out the ideal of the ministry of a bishop in the Episcopal tradition. It was a great joy only a few years ago to stand with many of you as our own bishop, the Rt. Rev. Whayne Hougland, received that very charge. 

And this Sunday, we get to see that charge in action as Bishop Hougland comes to St. John's for his official Episcopal Visitation. As a symbol of his role as the chief priest and pastor of our parish, we will only have one united service this Sunday. There will not be an 8:30am Eucharist or an 11:45am Spanish Eucharist. Instead, we will worship together in a joint bilingual service at 10:00am. 

Come early this Sunday for a special "Breakfast with the Bishop." Food will be ready at 8:45am and the bishop will have a brief presentation and time for Q&A. The 10:00am Eucharist will be a tremendous celebration, as we baptize Juan, a Cuban immigrant who, due to the repressive regime in Cuba, was never before baptized. Juan spoke powerfully at the Spanish Eucharist last Sunday about the many churches he has been to during his life and why he chose our church as the one in which he will become a baptized Christian.

This Sunday, after the baptism, we will also be commissioning Karen Nisja as a new Stephen Leader at St. John's. Karen committed significant time and expense to travel to the weeklong training to help lead this ministry and I know that Barb Giebel, our other Stephen Leader, is excited to have Karen come on the leadership team for this important ministry of Christians caring for one another. 

And, of course, after the service we'll have a special Coffee Hour Reception to honor Bishop Hougland and thank him for his ministry among us.

This Sunday will be a great day for St. John's, a great day for Juan and his family, a great day for Karen and our Stephen Ministry, and a great day for all of us who are blessed to be part of this community of faith.

I'll see you there!

Through Grace,

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E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 23

Sunday’s Party, Parish Hall Renaming, Great Lakes Conference, and More in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 23    http://mailchi.mp/80918ff504bd/ey7eu7o5mr-1254549

From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Are you ready for a party?

The Capital Campaign Kick-Off Event Team has been hard at work getting ready for this Sunday's Kickoff Event. Our event chair, Mary Harberts, has been leading her team in putting together an afternoon of food, music, and fellowship as we celebrate this moment in the life of our church. If you get a moment on Sunday, please share your gratitude with the Kick-Off Event Committee: Ellie Dekker, Shannon Donley, Mary Harberts, Sara Hasbrouck, Dale Rodgers, Jane Ruiter, John Scheid, and Daniel Snyder.

The party begins at 4:00pm and will be throughout our parish building and grounds. There is free childcare downstairs (if you will use it, please click here so Mary can ensure we have your kids on the list!) and we'll be ordering pizza for the kids.  In the Parish Hall, jazz pianist (and friend of SJE!) the renowned John Shea will be tickling the ivories. And in the St. Francis Garden we will have live music from local band Plain Jane Glory. In particular, enjoying the music and garden will certainly inspire all of us—knowing this will be the first Garden Party in the St. Francis Garden without Dick Swain, the parishioner who gave that garden to the parish and who died last July.

There will amazing food in the style of tapas—small plates of a variety of forms, suitable for eating and mingling around the parish. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will also be served. 

And, of course, there will be a special surprise announcement. One of the benefits of being the Rector is that I've been able to wrangle that surprise out of our Capital Campaign Chairs, John Harberts and Sue Morriss. It is….. something very very exciting!

You won't want to miss this. If you are unsure whether you have signed up to attend (or if you know you haven't!), just click here and Mary Harberts can make sure we have you down as coming.

We've been working toward this kickoff for quite a while. There have been studies and surveys and parish conversations. We have waded through what felt at times like an ocean of RFPs, RFQs, proposals, estimates, and quotes. Many many members of our congregation have shared their own insights and views, all of us working hard to come up with this Campaign for Stepping into the 21st Century, ensuring that this truly is a campaign that all of our parish will vigorously support.

Thank you. 

Bethany and I look forward to celebrating with you this Sunday. Over one hundred and fifty years of Episcopalians have entrusted us with this space. Now it's our turn to begin the work of bringing it into the 21st century so that the ministry of Christ in the Tri-Cities may be strengthened, supported, and expanded. 

Through Grace,

PS: We have a team of people helping set-up at 2:00pm (Dale Rodgers, Jill Wegner, and George Morriss), if you want to help, please feel free to show up. Similarly, we have a team of people working on clean-up after (Dale Rodgers, John Harberts, and Nancy Collins)—they would also welcome your help, if you are free. But please know that your help is in no way expected or required—it truly is the desire of all those volunteering for the party on Sunday to be a gift for all members and friends of St. John's. That said, please share your gratitude with them when you see them!

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E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 16

Unity School Summer Fun, Capital Campaign Kickoff Party, Migrant Appreciation Event, and More in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 16    http://mailchi.mp/68bcdc404ddc/ey7eu7o5mr-1252029

From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP

Dear *|FNAME|*,

I'd like to introduce you to someone this week, people of St. John's. He's become known to our Latino members at the 11:45am Santa Eucaristía, but many of you have not had the opportunity to meet him.

His name is Juan and he was born in Cuba. Due to the repressive nature of the Castro regime when he was young, Juan was raised with a sense of faith but was never baptized. A couple months ago he and his wife Gloria began attending the 11:45am Santa Eucaristía, but Juan didn't come up for communion.

Our Associate Rector, Dcn. John Infante, spent some time getting to know Juan and Gloria better. Gloria is from Colombia, like Dcn. John, and so they had a natural immediate connection. Dcn. John then learned that Juan had never been baptized… but that he very much wanted to be.

It just so happens that a baptism opportunity is coming up at St. John's. In addition to the four days given in the prayer book for baptism (All Saints', Baptism of our Lord, Easter, and Pentecost), the occasion of a bishop's visit is always a fitting time for baptism. And our bishop is coming for his visitation in just a couple of weeks, on Sunday, July 30. So, Dcn. John and Juan have gotten to work, going through baptismal preparation classes to prepare Juan for his baptism.

According to the new customary for Episcopal visitations, when the bishop visits, there is only one service of Holy Eucharist. Bishop Hougland wants us to do this to underscore our relationship to him, that he is our chief priest and pastor. That means that on July 30, there will not be an 8:30am liturgy. There will not be a 11:45am liturgy.

Instead, we will gather together as one united church family at 10:00am. The bishop will do a few small sections in Spanish, and we'll sing the Spanish service music to which we've grown accustomed, but the majority of the service will be in English with a Spanish translation in the bulletin. 

Except for one important part. That will be when I say, "Juan, yo te bautizo en el Nombre del Padre, y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo. Amén." — Juan, I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Bishop will smudge sweet smelling chrism oil on Juan's forehead and say, in Juan's own native tongue, "Juan, quedas sellado por el Espíritu Santo en el Bautismo y marcado como propiedad de Cristo para siempre. Amén." — Juan, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own for ever. 

It will be a special day.

And it's not too late. If you know anyone else who could be a candidate for Baptism on that day, please let the Parish Office know no later than Monday, July 17. 

And, if you have a moment, say a prayer for Juan as he undergoes the preparation for his baptism. And maybe say a prayer of thanksgiving as well for the many members of this parish who committed to making this Latino ministry possible, so that lives like Juan's could be touched by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Through Grace,

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E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 2

Fourth of July, Proposal to Rename Parish Hall, Great Lakes Conference, and More in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 2    http://mailchi.mp/3f7f33c8044d/ey7eu7o5mr-1247613

From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Each year, as we approach the observance of Independence Day, Byron Rushing posts a message to the e-mail list for General Convention Deputies and Bishops. Byron is not only a long-time deputy to General Convention, he is also the current Vice-President of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church. Here is what he says:

Let me take this opportunity to remind Episcopalians in the United States that many of us do not consider the words–"the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us"–in the Independence Day collect to be accurate. Look around your congregations and reflect if all the ancestors of the "us" got their liberty then. 

Listen to the words of Collect (BCP, p.242) for Independence Day, July 4th:

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

This phrase is only possible because slavery was forgotten—or the “us” was not meant to include me. A better and approved BCP collect for the 4th is "For the Nation" (p.258):

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Each year I am grateful for Vice-President Rushing's reminder that the great experiment of the United States of America is a work-in-progress. We do indeed celebrate the hard work of our independence day on July 4, but we must remember that the torch of freedom lit that day must be maintained with diligence. We must always ask whether we are being faithful to the ideals of our country, whether we must change long-entrenched (or newly arisen) ideas and practices so that freedom and justice might truly extend to all people.

As you celebrate the holiday in the week to come, I hope you will have great joy in the celebration. And I hope you will find yourself inspired to renew your own commitment to the work of freedom, justice, and peace for all people who live in this country we call home. 

Through Grace,

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E-Newsletter for Sunday, June 18

Benediction Service Tonight, Capital Campaign Kick-off Party, and More in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, June 18    http://mailchi.mp/9d2b664fd83d/ey7eu7o5mr-1239973

<From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament isn't really an official liturgy of the church. It's not in any prayer book or collection of occasional services. There really isn't even one definite form in which it occurs.  Rather, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is a devotional exercise, one that arose in the middle ages as a way to draw our focus to the presence of Christ in the blessed sacrament. 

One of the holiest moments of each celebration of Eucharist is the fraction. This is after the sacrament is consecrated and the priest breaks the bread. The rubrics require that a period of silence be kept (a rubric that is unfortunately ignored in many places). The priest then proclaims, "Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us," and the people respond, "Therefore, let us keep the feast, alleluia." 

Benediction takes that moment of silence, that moment of reverence after Christ has become present to us once more in the sacrament, and draws it out. It invites us to a time of reflection before the sacrament, a time to rest in the presence of Christ. Then, we receive Christ's blessing as the priest makes the sign of the cross with the sacrament, concluding the time of devotion.

This devotion was done away with in the middle ages because of abuses in sacramental practice. It had begun to be used as a substitute for receiving the sacrament. People believed they were unworthy to consume Christ's body and blood and so simply knelt in reverence before it instead. 

Thankfully, we live in a time where people know that we receive the sacrament precisely because we are not worthy, because we need the grace of the sacrament. What we need in our modern time is more space for reflection, for adoration, for resting in the presence of God in contemplative prayer before we consume the sacrament. Anglican theologian John Macquarrie writes beautifully about the importance of this practice today. 

That's actually how Benediction is offered at St. John's. We finish our time of benediction with all the worshippers gathering together and consuming the bread. After resting in the presence of Christ, we consume the sacrament, seeking to be strengthened by God's grace so that we might become the presence of Christ in the world with even more faithfulness.

I hope you will join us tonight at 6:00pm for our once-a-year offering of this devotion. There will not be 5:15pm Evening Prayer. Instead, we will gather in the chancel area at 6:00pm and sing Evening Prayer together before we move into the Benediction liturgy. Our Director of Music, Nick Palmer, has prepared some lovely music for us. The incense, only rarely used at St. John's, will come out to heighten our devotion. And, most importantly, all of us will be invited to a time of stillness.

Join us tonight, if you are able. Take a moment in our busy world to rest in the presence of Christ… and to listen for what Christ has to say to you. 

Through Grace,

PS~ If you have an hour or two this Sunday, we could still use a few more hands at the Habitat for Humanity UNITY build. Workers will be at 1317 Columbus in Grand Haven from around 8am-4pm. No experience needed—just bring some work gloves and a willingness to help provide a home for a family!

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E-Newsletter for Sunday, June 11

Trinity Sunday, Parish Council Meeting, Unity Build, and More in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, June 11    http://mailchi.mp/cf9e66222639/ey7eu7o5mr-1238217

From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP

Dear *|FNAME|*,

When I first started at St. John's, our parish office would get specific regular phone calls that were a wrong number. People would call us looking for Habitat for Humanity.

You may not know this, but Habitat for Humanity in the Tri-Cities actually started here at St. John's. A commitment to affordable housing has long been a part of this congregation's mission. 

Habitat is its own independent organization now, one that thrives in the Tri-Cities doing a lot of important work. However, this summer, they need our help.

Each summer Habitat leads a "Unity Build," where members from all local congregations join together to help build a house for someone, each church taking a different Saturday. We will be helping with the Unity Build on Saturday, June 17. The build site this year is 1317 Columbus in Grand Haven.

We are looking for people who are willing to get together and help in this important ministry. There is a sign-up sheet on the Parish Information Table, enabling you to sign up for just an hour or for the whole build time from 8am-4pm.

You don't have to have building experience—just a willingness to help out and be directed! Dress in work clothes and bring work gloves and a packed lunch if you want to eat at the site. Next Wednesday we'll send a short orientation video to everyone who signs up to help.

This is a great opportunity for us to work with other Christians in the area and help provide a home for someone in need. If you are free on the 17th, I hope you'll sign up to help. You can also click here and the Parish Office will sign you up right away!

Through Grace,

PS~ Don't forget that as we celebrate Trinity Sunday this week, we will have the one Sunday Eucharist every year that has incense at the 10am liturgy and the 11:45pm Spanish liturgy. The 8:30am service will be "smoke-free" and feature Holy Eucharist with Harpsichord! 

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E-Newsletter for Sunday, June 4

Wear Red for Pentecost, Summer Book Group, Mission Trip to Pine Ridge, and More in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, June 4    http://mailchi.mp/386704622944/ey7eu7o5mr-1233561

From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Are you ready for the Holy Spirit!?

Each year the church program year comes to a thundering and stirring close as we celebrate the Fiftieth Day of Easter, the Great Feast of Pentecost.

The other name given for this feast day in the prayer book is "Whitsunday." No one really knows for sure where that name comes from. "Whit" seems likely to be a a contraction of the Old English word for white. Some believe that it refers to the white garments worn by those who would be baptized on Pentecost or perhaps to an old English custom of wearing white vestments instead of the more common red. 

No matter what you call it, Pentecost Sunday is one of the most important Sundays of the church year. One of the seven principle feasts, on this day we not only commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Fiftieth Day after Christ's resurrection, but we also mark the birthday of the church. It was on the first Pentecost that over two thousand were baptized, becoming the first Christians. 

At St. John's this Sunday, there are several great opportunities to celebrate. At both services, in lieu of the Nicene Creed we will renew our baptismal vows. At the 10:00am service, our Spanish-speaking members will join us for a bilingual Eucharist. In both languages, we will celebrate a Holy Spirit who brings diverse cultures together in one church. We will also recognize those members of our parish who were received or confirmed by the bishop at the Great Vigil of Easter this year. You are invited to wear red to celebrate the day. 

After this Sunday, the life of the church begins to slow down some for the summer months—but keep your eye out for several great opportunities (you can read more about many of them in this month's Parish Page). 

I hope your Pentecost celebrations are filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit in your life and in our church. May each of us on this holy day be inspired to recommit to our baptism and to follow Christ more faithfully, going out into the world and rejoicing in the power of the Spirit!

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Through Grace,

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