The Work of a Lifetime

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“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” Acts 2:4

on the steps of GraceThis past Sunday I was blessed to be with Grace Episcopal Church in Astoria as they celebrated 150 years of the ministry of the Episcopal Church in Astoria! It was a blessed time, well put together by the Rev. Lance Peeler, Rector, and a strong team of lay leaders in the parish. Thanks to Lance and his team for a job well done. It was a grace filled day!

The day of Pentecost is upon us, the Holy Spirit is available to the church and we are witnesses to the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. God in Christ Jesus is active and present in the world working God’s good will for the salvation of the world. We are witnesses.

When my daughters were growing up my wife was fond of reminding them that they had been given one precious life and then asking them what they planned to do with that one precious life. I’m not sure how my daughters felt about it but I have always remembered that question and I find myself at times continuing to ponder it. “What will I do today with my one precious life?”

The good news of the gospel is that we are invited to partner with a God who loves and cares for us in caring for this world and tending to the relationships we have been blessed with. This work is the work of a lifetime to get right. Though we mess up all the time, it is what we strive each day to live more fully into. We are called to life lived well in God and with each other. The leadership of the church, both lay and ordained, has a particular responsibility for our communities. Thanks be to God for the gift of the Holy Spirit who enables us to lead our communities each week into the Reign of God.

Without God, nothing is possible and with God, all things are possible.

This Sunday go to church with a spring in your step and joy in your heart, for the God who knows and loves you is with you.

Can I get an “Amen”!

+Michael