Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,
 
This Sunday, June 9, our band is drawing from the Hillsong catalogue to inspire us at 11 am. You will be ushered into God's presence with powerful choruses and sweeping melodies. We have worshiped with some of their songs before, including a favorite of ours: "Oceans." The bridge of the song is particularly appropriate for Sunday, as we celebrate Pentecost. It goes...
 
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
 
Pentecost celebrates the beginning of the Church, where the Spirit of God led people to a new way of being. The Spirit came upon a diverse group of people in Jerusalem. They represented various nations and spoke different tongues. With the Spirit's inspiration, each and all of them spoke and heard one another despite the linguistic barriers. The people were united in diversity. Their trust extended now beyond borders and their faith was made stronger, as Hillsong sings it. At the birth of the Church, the Spirit was already leading them farther than they could fathom.
 
Birthdays celebrate beginnings and that is what we will do this Sunday. And yet, birthdays always are cause for reflection. I suspect we will do the same Sunday. Where is the Spirit leading us now? What borders are we meant to transgress? Where can faith be made stronger? To whatever, wherever is God calling us?
 
Come for celebration and reflection, while wearing red, yellow and orange, on this Pentecost Sunday.
 
Peace,
 
Pastor Jon
jgnelson1985@gmail.com