Even under the best of circumstances communication can be a challenge. Communication gurus tell us that an audience needs to hear something at least three times before they really ‘get it,’ but I suspect it is even more than that. In our church this takes the form of communication through bulletin announcements, PowerPoint, Horizon articles, Sunday morning announcements and e-mail. Still, things sometimes slip through the cracks. Communication, even when we share a common language, is hard work.
Well, today I have the task of explaining the unexplainable. It is Pentecost. The birthday of the church. Yet what is, who is this Holy Spirit that blows into town? Who is this breath, wind, spirit? This Advocate, Counselor, Comforter who shows up just as expected, yet takes us completely off guard? Who is this One who guides our steps and speaks to our hearts but is not seen or heard? Who is this Holy Spirit? Who is this herald of new visions and new possibilities, a whole new era, that was there before even the beginning began.