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June 20, 2011 |
Heard some of your comments yesterday afternoon on the radio about last Sunday, being Pentecost. Surely Pastor Liz did not say what you said she did regarding Pentecost??! Pentecost is not the event in which Jesus, risen from the grave, breathed on his followers! Pentecost (a Jewish feast day) during the year after Jesus was crucified, was the day in which the Holy Spirit, visible only as flames of fire over the heads of Jesus' followers,and felt as a "mighty wind", descended to earth to stay, as the power animating and endowing the church. It was actually the birth of the Christian church. Pentecost was not about the teaching of forgiveness, but about the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church.
Better get back to Pastor Liz about this.
Canon Cheryl J. Bower
My dear Canon, the Gospel text for Sunday June 12 was John 20 where Jesus gives his disciples the power to forgive sins, and though Pastor Liz touched on Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit, she found it more pertinent, what with the flood of righteous comment on Congressman Weiner, to emphasize the Gospel text, and if she commingled the two in a confusing way, then she begs to be forgiven.