Sunday, May 23, is Pentecost. It marks the birthday of the church, the day the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples telling them to go out and gather-in people as Christ's own. For at the end of the 50 days after Easter we are reminded that we are Christ's hands and feet in the world.
Join us for an in-person service outside at Ss. Martha & Mary with full communion at 9:30 AM (weather permitting). We're at the corner of Lexington & Diffley Roads in Eagan. If it's raining beforehand we will have church via Zoom at the regular time. Rev. Tom Garrison is presiding with a message about "That Annoying, Beautiful Holy Spirit."
Oh, and did we mention, be sure to WEAR RED.
We like to have fun at M&M, so here is a cartoon from Kevin Frank to get you laughing into Sunday.
But we can be serious too. Did you know during this time of Pandemic that we are all trying to emerge from, there's been a 50% surge in online searches for prayer? We'll pray for you. Just use our handy prayer request form to the right of this article. Requests can be anonymous, or by name if you would like us to follow-up with you.
And here is a prayer we'll leave you with for Pentecost. It's hundreds of years old, with words from a hymn by Charles Wesley:
O Thou who came from above,
The pure celestial fire to impart,
Kindle a flame of sacred love
on the mean altar of my heart . . .
Jesus, confirm my heart's desire
To work . . . for Thee;
Still let me guard the holy fire,
And still stir up the gift in me.
Contact us in advance of Sunday to receive links to the service, and worship guide. We are a church, by the way, that is perfectly fine with questions.
May 25 marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. There will be observances at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.
At 8 PM Central on the Episcopal Church in Minnesota Facebook page there is also a special observance by Episcopal bishops around the country and our own Presiding (National) Bishop, Michael Curry, will provide a reflection. You can find out more about the observance here.
We hope you have a good week, and may + the blessings of Christ go with you this day, and always.
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