Fire. We’ve been hearing about the devastation in Fort McMurray and the desperate fight to control the fire. I’ve read a few accounts from evacuees and the one that struck me most was a lady who spoke with reverential awe when describing the unbelievable speed with which the fire spread, and how its power reached further, faster than anyone could have imagined. She said it was hard to tear herself from the scene, even though she was afraid. Though the fire was threatening the life she had built – it was somehow terrifyingly beautiful and the memory of it will stay with her. That a change of this magnitude came about from a single person – possibly doing something silly, possibly just living their life, makes me stop in and consider the impact we can have on our community. The smallest action is greater than the biggest intention after all.
It’s Pentecost. The time when “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” ( Acts 2:1–4). I love the thought that we are all touched by the Spirit and all have the ability to ignite it in others. So, just as you would if fire threatened our town as it has Fort McMurray – show the way, ask the Holy Spirit to use you to reach people far from faith and invite them to join you on the road to safety. It’s always easier to make, and accept an invitation when it is phrased “Come with me” rather than "You should go ...".
We celebrate Pentecost on Sunday 15 May at 8:30 am and 10:00 am. There will be lots of joyful noise and there may even be cake..
On Wednesday 18 May we meet at 10 am for Eucharist and Bible Study. Centering Prayer will meet at 5:30 pm on Wednesday too.
On Thursday 19 May at 9:15 am the Parish Health Care Team meet. At 6 pm Douglas the Wise (or Archbishop Douglas Hambidge as some insist on calling him) will lead us in further reflection on Angels and Churches . Meet for supper and stay for edification!
That’s it. Come with me. Spread the Good Word!