Pentecost is a Christian holiday that takes place on the 50th day after Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles.
I celebrate this day as a believer. It’s important to observe days like this because it’s a reminder of the mission of the faithful to share the fire of faith that sustains me and charges me with being in the company of saints and sinners.
I revere God. I am respectful of God. I embrace God as someone who was made by God. I don’t fear God because that word has been used to intimidate and scare people into a relationship with God where they feel like they must obey or be struck down. It’s time we think about God differently because fear can be like a box and God is bigger than all that. God is about love, laughing and being there for all of us.
This morning my priest started a series of faith formation classes on music and how it informs and inspires believers spiritually. It’s about engaging the heart as well as the soul in coming closer to one’s higher power. Music can move you more than just words alone.
Music has a long history in religious life. Its expression comes in various genres and different sects of Christianity and other faiths. Coming from a Team Jesus perspective I can say that music is an integral part of everything done in the church. In the coming weeks, I will be posting about what we are learning and hopefully listening to.
The holy month of Ramadan begins for Muslims around the world. This year’s celebration runs the evening of Wed, Mar 22, 2023 – evening of Thu, Apr 20, 2023. Be blessed in observance and the time of drawing closer to the important things in life. Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem.
This post might be narrow blogging to the team Jesus squad. I hope it doesn’t offend anyone. These are some thoughts and I don’t want to start a debate.
Church and Christianity for that matter should be places of comfort for those who have hearts and souls that need mending after being damaged by various things. Dealing with the reality of life and its ugly stuff is hard work and the church should be a place where you can do that. I want less praise and worship and more blues and gangster rap.
Life is hard enough and Christians should be about helping people on the journey. People of faith are human beings. God is god and when that is realized freedom can be found. It is my hope that my church can be a safe haven for imperfect people. I hope this makes sense.