Celebrate The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday with this Worship On Demand liturgy that includes a Sermon that features the congregation of St. Timothy’s Wilson as visual examples of tongues of fire as we live in the power of the Holy Spirit, preached by The Rev. Dr. William Carl Thomas, Interim Rector of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Wilson NC, and a Communion with Christ prayer. This liturgy is followed by the Online Parish Forum for Sunday, May 31, 2020 hosted by Melanie Statnick and Father Bill Thomas with a roundtable discussion by Wardens Brent Cooke and Scott Thompson along with parishioner Mike Miller about planning necessary that to Reopen our Church Buildings for Worship.
My sermon for Pentecost is an intentional effort that uses video production to create intimacy that counters the distance posed by online preaching and worship. Preached in my home study against a greenscreen, pictures of the congregation of St. Timothy’s Wilson appear as visual examples of tongues of fire as we live in the power of the Holy Spirit. The link to that sermon and experience is below.
The message is clear, appropriate, and timeless but, given what is happening as our country processes the death of George Floyd not timely. A written response of the Bishops of North Carolina grounded in the Gospel for Pentecost is timely and of great value. We are blessed that the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, will be in the pulpit of Washington National Cathedral on Pentecost.