At Pentecost we remember not just the outpouring of the Holy Spirit amongst the disciples in Jersualem after Jesus' death but we also remember the incredible concept that we are temples of the Holy Spirit and that God himself is filling our thoughts, dreams, our hearts and our lives.
"If from one burning lamp someone lights another, then another from that one, and so on in succession, he has light continuously. In the same way, through the Apostles ordaining their successors, and these successors ordaining others, and so on, the grace of the Holy Spirit is handed down through all generations and enlightens all”
St. Gregory Palamas
This month at Proost we'd like to feature a bunch of resources which capture something of this light, life and creativity of the Spirit of God. Especially, we want to mention to titles new to the site this month.
" .... And We Will Become Happy Endings" is a beautiful and very visual portrayal of TheStory, a Canadian community seeking to live out their faith in their home city of Sarnia, Ontario. This is a remarkable PDF and comes highly recommended by us. Its an explosion of creativity, vulnerability and life in both visual and word forms. In it's introduction, author Joe Manafo writes "this book is made up of three movements. We start with the end in mind (The Happy Ending), a final picture that influences who we are in the present. Near the middle we uncover glimpses of who is behind that final picture (The Author) and use common words and images to try and make sense of how it all comes together. The last pages of this book are a brief description of our greatest present challenges (Out of Order) and how we might participate in reclaiming what has long been lost." You can find out more at ahappyending.ca.
Another very visual and striking PDF comes from new artist Judah Armani and is called Corporate Brands and Other Spiritual Stories. When this little treasure arrived in the Proost office we all took a collective deep breath. Judah's book mixes original photographs with liturgy and poetry. He has a beautiful way of capturing the holy in the ordinary and leading us to God in amongst everyday things. This is 'Much'.
"Love, like the bottle of perfume she pours out - generous, extravagant, wasteful. Love that emptied itself of every last drop, completely shaken and tossed away, to be buried under the curb side litter. It is over and yet strangely enough it has begun. A new life. A URL of hope embedded into humanity, there for all to actively seek and engage with.
She pours out her life, like the perfume itself. A balm of fragrance and tears, a towel of tangled hair. She pours out everything because she has everything to be grateful for. She gives it all because she received it all."
This month we've also featured some Pentecost specific resources on the site. You'll find Pentecost by Mark Berry and Telford's SafeSpace community, a video of images for worship about the coming of the Spirit. How about Alternative Worship: Spirit of the New, a classic album on Proost - great tracks which have proven the test of time and perfect to come alongside a Pentecost reflection or event or for your own personal prayers. Dig deeper into the site and you'll find other video packages like Flames and Fire, both great for this season - and also our selections of VJ Loops, Volume 1 by both Mark Waddington or Volume 3 by Jonny Baker.
If you're looking for something chilled and reflective to help you find some peace and space or for you to personally and quietly invite the Holy Spirit to refill you once again then I'd recommend Dubh's Somnia, a 13 track instrumental album which creates space and has that contemplative feel to it. SoulFire is a particularly good track.
To finish, here's a prayer from the Making Communion Pocket Liturgy which we released in February.
"John baptized with water but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
I will pour out my Spirit on all people - your sons and daughters will prophesy.
The Jewish believers were amazed that the Holy Spirit had been poured out on Gentiles too.
God is Here
His Spirit is with us
Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit of Jesus, who was there at Pentecost poured out on the disciples. Amen"