Dear First Lutheran Family and Friends,
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
We are in a time of transition. Normally, this time of year, we’re focused on the transition from the spring to summer … from the end of the school year to summer vacations. And, by the grace of God that transition is happening in many ways once again as we begin the long hoped for transition out of pandemic restrictions to something that resembles the new normal. We give thanks to God for guiding and leading us through this time of restriction and, for many suffering and sorrow. We praise Him for bringing us to this new day. And we ask Him to help us as we all recover from the challenges of the past year-plus. God, Father in heaven, have mercy on Your people. Help us, restore us, grant us Your peace and strength as you bring us all back together again. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
As our calendar flips from one season to another, we also flip the church calendar to a new season – the Season of Pentecost. It’s now the “green season” – that long period in the church year where the paraments are colored green as we celebrate the “life of the church.” As He gathered with His disciples for the Last Supper, Jesus promised, “I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you … When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” (John 16:7,13) The season of Pentecost begins with Pentecost Sunday, the celebration of the arrival of the promised Holy Spirit, and continues as He calls, gathers and enlightens the church of all believers – bringing life to God’s church on earth.
In this season of Pentecost, whenever you see the color green or hear the living word of God, give thanks to God for the gift of life … now and in eternity … that you have on account of your faith in our Father’s love for you as expressed through His Son, Jesus Christ.
In Christ’s Love,
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