This Sunday, with Christian churches throughout the world, we will be celebrating the festival of Pentecost. This is the Sunday we remember the God’s gift of the Holy Spirit to God’s people. The Spirit comes to call us, gathers us, enlightens us and makes us holy.

We make sense of the Spirit with images of fire (to embolden, encourage, and shape us), wind (to move, direct and hold us) and breath (to inspire, comfort and animate us).

This Sunday at St. Peter’s is not only Pentecost and Mother’s Day, but we are celebrating the Confirmation of two of our youth. These two young people will make public affirmation of their faith, as they claim their baptismal promises as their own. In that service, they make five promises, which name the way we live as Lutheran Christians in the world.  We promise:

  • to live among God’s faithful people,
  • to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
  • to  proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
  • to serve all people. following the example of Jesus,
  • and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.

It will be a wonderful Sunday, as we celebrate God’s gift of the Spirit made known in these two brilliant and faithful young people, and in the life of St. Peter’s.