Purity and Power
We use symbols extensively in our liturgies and some of the symbols change depending on the season of the Church Year. A symbol does not stand on its own, but points to something beyond itself. There is something concrete behind every symbol, i.e., there is some truth which the symbol represents.
The symbols for Pentecost, May 11 this year, point to truths that have real substance. Now there are several symbols for Pentecost, such as the Dove, but I would like to discuss just two; the two colors for Pentecost, red and white.
The main color for Pentecost is red. The flaming fire is red. On Pentecost the fire of the Holy Spirit descended on the 120 believers gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem. Before ascending to heaven Jesus told the disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) The Holy Spirit gave the disciples the power of a mighty fire that they might accomplish their mission to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world. This unstoppable fire did sweep through the Roman world and continues to burn today.
The second symbol for Pentecost is white, which is why this day is also called Whitsunday, meaning White Sunday. White is the universal symbol for purity. St. Paul wrote, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:11-14) The fire of the Holy Spirit not only empowers, the fire burns away sin from our lives that we might be pure.
Purity and power go hand in hand. We cannot have power without purity and purity produces power. The church today, and many individual Christians, lack power, because they lack purity. The Holy Spirit who came upon the church at Pentecost is the Spirit of both purity and power. In these days we desperately need both.
By Rev. F. M. Levi
Easter Sunday began with breakfast in the Parish Hall provided by the ladies of Woman’s Guild. Breakfast was followed by the Service of Holy Communion in the chapel. As in past years the chapel was adorned by beautiful white Easter lilies which were purchased in memory of and in honor of loved ones.
Again this year St. Andrew’s participated in the Tinley Park Expo, April 5, 2008. Hundreds of pieces of information about the church and preschool were handed out. We thank all who helped at the booth this year.
Missionary of The Month
Rt. Rev. & Mrs. Gerhard Meyer (Grace) Youth/Camp/Pastoral Ministries. Schwarzenborn, Germany.
Saturday, May 3, 2008, 9:30 a.m. Think Sports! Hear an inspirational program complete with games for all ages. Come and celebrate family and Christian love. Fathers/Sons/Grandfathers/Uncles/Nephews/Cousins, all wear a T-shirt with your favorite sport or team logo.
Choir summer break begins after Trinity Sunday, May 18, 2008. Choir returns on the second Sunday in September 2008. Anyone wishing to join the choir may call the church office and arrangements can be made to meet with our Director of Music, Sunny Stiklius.
Rummage Sale & Bake Sale
Saturday, June 7, 2008, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Help support mission work with your donations of clean usable clothes and household items. Bring donations to the church the week of June 1st. Call the church office for drop-off hours. (708) 614-7404.
May 11 – Kate Ebisi
May 14 – Alex Rago
May 17 – Walter Sellers
May 25 – Jeffrey Stultz
May 28 – Ryan Ebisi
Show me the way,
not to fortune and fame,
Not how to win laurels
or praise for my name
But Show Me The Way
to spread “The Great Story”
That “Thine is The Kingdom
and Power and Glory.”
by Helen Steiner Rice