WEAR RED FOR PENTECOST AND SEND IN PICTURES OF YOUR FAMILY FOR OUR NEWSLETTER.
Pentecost Sunday celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit, a special manifestation of the Spirit that fulfilled Jesus' promise, "you shall receive power... and be my witnesses in Jerusalem... and the uttermost parts of the world." The Book of Acts places the fulfillment of this expectation at the Temple in Jerusalem during the Jewish festival of Pentecost. Jewish Pentecost falls fifty days after Passover, and so it followed that the Christian celebration was marked fifty days after Easter. Remembering the "tongues of fire" that came and rested on the Apostles that day, the festival is celebrated in red (primarily), orange, and gold.
In the Anglican tradition, Pentecost is sometimes called Whitsunday. Like the Greek name Pentecost which means "fifty," Whitsunday likely developed as a name for the eighth Sunday of Easter. "Whit," similar to "huit" in French, was a synonym for eight in Medieval England, owing to changes in the language after the Norman Conquest. Thus Whitsunday became a common name for the eighth Sunday of Easter, which we more broadly know as Pentecost.
In our worship tomorrow, we will celebrate Pentecost by reading from Acts and I Corinthians in different languages. The English version is printed in your Order of Service, but just as each heard the Apostles speaking in his or her native language, our two lectors will read the text in their own mother tongues. Ruth Sondermann will read from Acts in German, and Salina Ferguson will read from I Corinthians in Cantonese.
Our Confirmands will lead the Prayers of the People virtually, as we did on Mothers' Day. Confirmation was scheduled at Good Shepherd tomorrow, but was postponed because of the virus. For this reason, we include our Confirmands in worship intentionally so they continue to play an important role in Pentecost's celebration.
See below for links to events and meetings. Of particular note: see information about a handicapped accessibility proposal and parish meeting on June 7 and an update about regathering in the coming weeks.
Angels Ascending and Descending:
Handicapped Accessibility at Good Shepherd
Click here to view Angels Ascending and Descending, a plan to achieve 100% accessibility at Good Shepherd. At a total cost of $500,000 and with a beautiful, compassionate proposal secured, your Vestry asks you to consider prayerfully your support of this plan.
The Vestry has called a special meeting of the parish on Sunday, June 7th, at 11:30 am, to discuss this handicapped accessibility project, view renovation plans, and approving funding for the project. This meeting will be in-person for a limited number of people, so the meeting will take place simultaneously via Zoom.
Please continue to make your financial contributions to Good Shepherd. In these unprecedented times, remember that we rely completely on the generosity of our parishioners. Kindly continue your giving and mail your support to the church office:
Parish of the Good Shepherd 1671 Beacon St., Waban, MA 02468
Additionally, we have set up an online giving portal. If you are unable to give through traditional means, please consider this new option to support Good Shepherd. Click on the Donate button on our website www.goodshepherdnewton.org.
Christian Education News:
The Day of Pentecost, May 31, 2020
Engage with our latest Church School offerings as works best for your family:
This Wednesday, for the Wednesday after Pentecost, Laura Jaye will cantor and sing Healley Willan Evening Settings and "Praise the Spirit in Creation" by David Hurd.
The Re-Gathering of God's People
Updated on May 30, 2020
As announced previously, plans began to take shape last week as our governor and our bishops offered guidance for ways in which religious institutions/ churches may move forward in the coming weeks. Our governor offered a four-phase plan toward the reopening of the Commonwealth. Click here to access Reopening Massachusetts.
In conjunction with the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, the Diocese of Massachusetts also offered a four-phase plan for worship and gatherings. Click here to access A Journey in Stages. In addition to these comprehensive guidelines, our bishop directed us that we will not be able to open our doors to the public for in-person worship until at least July 1st.
Your Vestry created a committee of Vestry members who will take on the special task of oversight in this process. Our Re-Gathering Committee at present is made up of the following people: Deb Molrine, MD, Gene Wayne, PhD, Geoff Gilmartin, MD, Salina Ferguson, Gillian Meek (Sr. Warden), and the Rector.
The Regathering Committee met this week and began looking seriously at our worship space, ventilation, recommendations for singing, limits on the number of people attending, and how to gather safely while maintaining at least six feet for all present. The committee established that we are ultimately in phase one, but working intentionally to map out phase two so that we are prepared for it in advance.
Please remember, if you are interested in being present at worship, serving in a liturgical capacity, or are in need of one of the sacraments of the church before we can open our doors to the general public, please contact me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. Under the guidelines provided to us, it will be absolutely necessary to confirm in advance any planned attendance.
Our Re-Gathering Committee is working to establish more concrete plans for the summer, and we will communicate them to the parish as they become available. For now, please know that we are working with that goal in mind despite the ever-changing nature of these circumstances. Please pray for us and know that you are always in our prayers.
With hope and prayer for the re-gathering of God's people,
thanks, peace, Jay+
Come down, O Love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine, and visit it with thine own ardor glowing.
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear, and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.