Dear Friend,

Here comes Pentecost

which some call the Birthday of the Church,

and celebrate with cupcakes

Our churches will be decorated,

we will have doves on long poles in the procession.

Our members will wear red!

It is a day of joy.


In preparation for the feast day,

I pray that we remember that

the first Pentecost

(originally Shauvot, the Feast of Weeks in Israel’s calendar)

was not anything that the participants planned for.

They were not wearing red (probably). They were PRAY-ING.


Suddenly, things were on fire.

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Acts 2:1-4, CEB).

It was messy. It was scary. It was unexpected.

It was so unexpected that people outside the gathering space noticed!

Imagine if folks outside OUR churches noticed our festivals, this Pentecost!


I pray we might be open to something unexpected,

Even if it’s messy or scary.

To your spirit, moving among us

Alive, like tongues of fire.


on fire

5 thoughts on “Wednesday Prayer: Messy

    1. Ramona, There are instructions in the Pentecost thread on the Facebook group. I’ll reproduce here:

      “Place a stainless bowl inside a stainless bowl with river rocks in to raise the small bowl and provide some air insulation. These two were placed in the hole where the font bowl usually goes. Heavy Duty foil collar around the opening to protect the wood from the heat of the outer bowl (which wasn’t very much at all). Inside the small bowl about a 1/2 cup of epsom salts — gave that wonderful orange red flame — and 32 oz of 91% rubbing alcohol. Important to pour the alcohol in the bowl and put that container away from the action. Then with one of the candlelighters, our acolyte took the flame from the Pascal Candle and lit the bowl. Notes. it will slightly discolor the stainless bowl, it doesn’t get all that hot, it will burn about 30 min. Use less alcohol for a shorter burn time. It is amazing.”

      (I have not tried this…good luck! let us know if you do.)


  1. I have also done a “fire and water” demo for Easter Vigil before – not in the font, though. I used a bowl of water, floated liquid gel lamp fuel (to represent the anointing after the water of baptism – I remembered to reassure the children it wasn’t the same oil!) on the top, and lit it. Linked here.
    This photo could tempt me to a re-run…


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