Tongues of Fire


The women and disciples gather among friends, and receive the presence of the Holy Spirit as a flame atop their heads. This encounter becomes known as Pentecost, the first gathering of the church. And as the Spirit continues to sweep across the upper room, a skeptical crowd begins to gather. Each person is overcome with the capacity to share their story, and be shaped by the stories shared. May we learn to share our stories vulnerably, encounter the stories of others with understanding, and allow the stories we hear to shape us with wholehearted courage. May we continue this as our pattern of the gathering of the church.