After the Finale
For Jesus’ disciples, the Pentecost event initiated in them, gave birth through them, Jesus’ Church. For us, Pentecost shapes, gives current expression to, the Church into which we were born. We have the benefit of 2,000 years of the Church’s history, with all her astonishing growth, her cringeworthy errors, and her courageous perseverance. Here we are, the Church in 2023, battered by the scars of our past and blessed with the staggering blessing of now-at-home-in-us Holy Spirit. We have this moment of remembering so we might re-center ourselves on, re-commit ourselves to, our high and most-different calling. This is the Day.
We believe that God is the Eternal King. He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power, and love. From all eternity, He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.
1. To the Father – we commit* to ________________________________________
2. To the Son - we commit* to ___________________________________________
3. To the Holy Spirit – we commit* to _____________________________________
*with striving, childlike surrender to the fullness of Salvation’s provisions,
desperately counting on your ever-faithful promises, trusting, however feebly,
in the effectiveness of the stunning, always-available-to-us, offer of your forgiveness,