True to those gathered at the first Pentecost, we are of African, American, Asian, European, Philippine and Indian descent, speaking at least 15 languages among us! Seekers, our journeys here have taken many paths. We are native born, refugees fleeing war, immigrants looking for a better life. We are students, young couples with babies and school-aged children, working stiffs, grandparents, and retirees with time and energy to share.
At first glance, we don’t appear to belong together. Our educational backgrounds, world views, appearances and styles of dress are different. Some of us are laborers while others are in professional roles. We are a motley-looking crew, a fitting image of the Universal Church!
Look deeper. See beyond the world to accept that love is our common language. Just as those gathered at the first Pentecost, we reach out to each other with one message of love in many languages. We are a Christian community building households of faith.
We have sought, received and accepted “the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)
Filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we are a people of hope. We share each other’s trials and walk together in faith.
True to His Word, we have asked, sought, knocked and found the door open. (Luke 11:9-10) Join us. We welcome you with open arms.
And so I pray: Dear Lord, open the eyes and hearts of those blind to your love. Bring them to our open door.