This past Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost – the birth of the church. Just like in the ancient celebration of Pentecost, we celebrate Pentecost today by coming together to worship God. And, although we may not all speak the same language it is through the work of the Holy Spirit that everyone is able to hear and understand each other.
Here at the First Street Methodist Mission we experience Pentecost in a variety of ways. We worship God along with other local denominations (whom we often believe are speaking slightly different languages from us) when we collaborate to do God’s work. For example, we have joined with Broadway Baptist Church to provide sack lunches everyday of the week to our neighbors who are homeless. First Street provides sack lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays while Broadway offers lunches on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
This is no accident – this is the work of the Holy Spirit! We come together to worship God when we collaborate with Broadway, First Presbyterian, St. Stephens, University Christian, and other local congregations to provide Room in the Inn for our neighbors who are homeless during the hottest and coldest months of the year. First Street, Broadway Baptist and First Presbyterian are coming together again to worship God by providing a compassion fatigue workshop in July for all local caseworkers who work so hard everyday to help our brothers and sisters who are homeless.
This is a special gift to these compassionate and generous men and women who give of themselves unselfishly everyday to help others. We all have the opportunity to worship God, in so many ways, in the way we live out our life.
“Worship” does not just happen on Sunday mornings in a particular building. Worship also happens when we are out in the world being God’s people. So, when we come together with others, often speaking “different languages,” to praise and worship God, we have the opportunity to experience Pentecost anew! Have a Pentecost Day! Page