Pastor’s Letter

Greetings,

It is the month of May and what a busy month this is for all of us. First there is May Basket Day on May 1st, then Mother’s Day on May 8th, Whit Sunday is May 15th, Baccalaureate for our Glenwood Seniors is May 18th, Armed Forces Day is May 21st, Graduation for Glenwood Seniors in May 22nd and May 30th is Memorial Day. With all of these days being celebrated, just add in a couple birthdays, family picnics, graduation parties, garden planting, yard mowing, daily household chores and whew! What a month already!

I am so glad to know that May has also been deemed National Meditation Month. Meditation – Mental discipline; thought, reflection, contemplation. Meditation is not just a Hindu relaxation technique. It can be a religious act, and a spiritual one. King David was a fan of meditation. The Psalms were literally meditations to God, Isaac meditated in a field; Joshua mediated on the law.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NLT

May you find or take the time to meditate with the Psalms this month as we all have very full and busy schedules and we all can benefit by contemplating the word of God in a quiet place. This could be very soothing, calming and distressing to each of you. I hope you will give it a try.

May 15th is Whit Sunday, and if you have never heard of it, we are going to celebrate it in the church that Sunday. From the sources I have perused, it is celebrated as the 50th day after Easter. It is the Christian festival of Pentecost, the seventh Sunday after Easter, which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s disciples (Acts of the Apostles chapter 2). As recorded in the New Testament of the Bible, it was on the 50th day after Easter that the apostles were praying together and the Holy Spirit descended on them. They received the gift of tongues;” the ability to speak in other languages” and immediately began to preach about Jesus Christ to Jewish people from all over the world who flocked to Jerusalem for the Feast of Shavuot.

Christian Pentecost became not only a commemoration of the Holy Spirit’s visit but also marks the birth of the Christian Church. Although it is not certain when Pentecost began to be observed by Christians, it may have been early as the first century. According to church tradition, Pentecost is always about seven weeks after Easter Sunday, or 50 days after Easter, including Easter Day. In some Orthodox churches, Whitsunday is observed after the date set by the western churches. This is because some Orthodox churches still observe holidays according to the Julian calendar, which preceded the Gregorian calendar adopted by many western churches. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.

So relax, read and reflect on the Psalms, enjoy the weather, and look forward to the many May celebrations. See you all soon!

As Always,

Pastor Susan Reed