First Sunday after Pentecost - Trinity Sunday - May 26
Join Us for the Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m.
Special note: No Taizé Eucharist Will Be Celebrated on Sunday Evening, May 26
Thursday Evening Contemplative Prayer followed by Evening Prayer
1772 Church St NW, Washington, DC
Pentecost & Baptism
Holy Spirit, stream of life, promise of power, flow of love, dance of joy, reason for being, gift of guidance, strength in the midst of stress, real yet invisible, Glorious Mystery, powerful presence—come alive within us and guide us on that joyful journey of loving service. Amen
Pentecost will be celebrated along with a baptism. When you witness a baptism in our congregation, you hear and see the water and you see the priest sign the cross on the forehead with oil.
There are many meanings associated with the water, including cleansing and drowning. There is another that is often never mention—the symbol of crossing over. Remember the Hebrew people crossed the Red Sea to escape their bondage on their return home? Remember Joshua led them across the Jordan River and, on the other side they were home again in the land of their forbears? Centuries later the New Testament era begins with John the Baptist baptizing people in the Jordan. The never forgot their crossings. For Christians, the crossing was not geographical, but internal. Baptism by water is a ‘crossing over’ into the Household of God, the Body of Christ. Wear Red as we welcome a new member into the household of God, Marcus…and we all ‘cross over’ together in repeating our Baptismal vows.
—The Rev. Dr. Nancy Lee Jose, Rector