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Maybe we are a little crazy. After all, we believe in things we don’t see. (Shane Claiborne on Hebrews 11.1)

News St Martin – Talking Points

Sunday 24 May 2015

Pentecost, the fiftieth day of Easter, the last day of the Week of Weeks bringing to an end the great celebration of Easter.

A chance now for the church to catch up on more ordinary jobs after the bustle of Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost have passed. Time to go back to what the church has often called Ordinary Time. Yet attractive though that might seem the prophetic voice of Jean Vanier rang out here on Monday with these words:

“To be transformed, first we must meet people who are different, not our family, friends and neighbours who are like us. Let us meet across differences – intellectual, cultural, national, racial, religious and other differences. Then from this initial meeting we can begin to build community.”

There could hardly be a better way of understanding what Pentecost is about. The valuing of each and every person and culture as people made in the image of God and the empowering of God’s people with the Holy Spirit.

Empowered for what though? A few suggestions:

1. Empowered to be a little crazy.

2. Empowered to be still and to rest in God’s goodness.

3. Empowered to let go of something or to take something up.

4. Empowered to, as Rowan Williams elegantly describes mission, “Discover what God is doing and then join in”

Today our community is gathered, English and Chinese congregations together. We are also scattered, some on the pilgrimage to Canterbury, some having a half-term holiday, some in other churches nearer home where they also live and move and have their being. But there is absolutely nothing ordinary about any of it.

Revd David Jackson