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The Reverend Matt Gaventa
John 9:1-17; John 9:24-41

A reading from the Gospel of John As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man …

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A Season of Pentecost

pentecost_9148cp(1)Every year at the end of the fifty-day observance of the feast of Eastertide, UPC, along with churches around the world, celebrates the day of Pentecost.

On Pentecost, we give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit falling upon the disciples and the birth of the church. Our sanctuary is adorned in red paraments and we wear red to symbolize the Spirit’s flame that ignites us to share the good news of God’s love with the world.

However this year, we are doing Pentecost a little differently. Instead of celebrating just a single day of Pentecost, we will be celebrating the Season of Pentecost! For fifty days after the day of Pentecost (May 24), we will continue to celebrate the Holy Spirit’s energy and calling in our congregation through our music, preaching, fellowship, and service.

We will return to ordinary time on Sunday, July 19. A wide range of Christian churches including Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions commemorate Pentecost as a season. So be sure to wear red on May 24 and to keep the Spirit’s fire burning as we celebrate this season of Pentecost in the life of UPC.