Sunday, May 24 is the birthday of the Church, Pentecost Sunday. Most people associate Pentecost with the coming of the Spirit 2000 years ago, but Pentecost Sunday helps us understand that our world is God-drenched now. The outward manifestation of this was the boldness with which early Christians spoke publically about their faith and invited others to join them in faithing despite the real dangers of doing so. On that day they spoke in many languages so that people from all over the world could understand their message; this was not an occasion for ecstatic personal speech in “unknown” languages but for public communication in actual human languages. The “Penta” in Pentecost is from the 50 days between the resurrection and the birthday of the church. Our sanctuary will be decorated in red, the color of the flames of the Spirit that came upon us that day.