When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
The Holy Spirit
The unifying Spirit crossed the artificial boundaries of language, race and culture. People could speak and be understood. Strangers heard one another. Communion happened. This was not to glorify the disciples. It was to spread the love of God to all the nations with the power of Holy Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.—Galatians 5:22-23
Pentecost Means Love Your Neighbour
Our Pentecost Flowers campaign has been launched to adorn our Sanctuary with love and hope. And we plan to spread that love all through this neighbourhood!
We might not speak all of the 200 different languages that are spoken in our diverse and multicultural city of Toronto, but kindness is, as Mark Twain once said, “the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”. So, after the Pentecost next week, volunteers will take the flowers you have contributed and go out into our neighbourhood. They will give them to strangers with love and kindness. We will document these acts of kindness in photos and videos so we can share them with you, so that you can experience the happiness, generosity and gratitude in our immediate community.
A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life. Truly, kindness is a universal language.