Welcome to the Summer of Simplicity. Starting June 4, 2017, we go to one service at 9:00 AM. Coffee and donuts will be served in the Narthex after the service, and just about everything else has been scaled back to give us all time to breathe and refocus our spiritual lives.
In the Book of Acts, the first church to arise in Jerusalem after Pentecost did something interesting. It devoted itself to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers. As we talked about a few weeks ago, the apostles’ teaching was their spiritual coaching, and part of that spiritual coaching was regular Eucharist (breaking of bread) and Prayer (both the kind of prayer we keep during the Daily Office and the personal prayer we hear about in the rest of Acts). As a result, of committing themselves to the apostles’ coaching and fellowship, as a result of committing themselves to Eucharist and Prayer, the first Christians found themselves in awe at the works God was doing among them. They became extraordinarily generous, spent time together in the Temple, and ate together in their homes.
That reminds of something important: the life of worship and prayer leads inevitably to a life of generosity, joy, service, and fellowship.
For over 40 years, Holy Spirit has had two congregations – one at 8:00 and one around 10:30. For people who have attended either service, there are going to be a lot of new (to you) faces. My spiritual challenge for you, if you choose to accept it, is this: try to find at least one new (to you) person this Sunday and introduce yourself. As we devote ourselves to prayer, we are going to find more and more opportunities to meet and form relationships with our fellow parishioners. Don’t let the opportunity go to waste!