Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday and I missed it! At least, my sermon did.
I preached yesterday from Ephesians 2:17-22 about the identity of the church, particularly the local church. The local church is a microcosm, outcropping, and sampling of the universal church which is being built by the Holy Spirit upon the Cornerstone of Jesus Christ. We are a kingdom citizenship, a family, a building, a body, and a bride. I left out Pentecost Sunday and didn't realize it until too late, so I guess I'll just have to do better next time. On June 4, 2017.
I believe we have much to gain by learning about and engaging with the church year. I’m currently reading and enjoying You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith. He writes about how liturgies (formative, love-shaping rituals) are shaping our hearts towards the worship of… something. Sacred liturgies shape us for Jesus-exalting worship of the true and living God and alternative or competing cultural liturgies shape us for the worship of other stuff. I think the Church Year can be a helpful sacred liturgy for developing a Jesus-centric heart, mind, and worldview.
So before moving on to Ordinary Time (which starts today) here are a few helpful reads on Pentecost and the Church Year.