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Pentecost Marathon

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the day we commemorate and celebrate the Holy Spirit being given to the early church. It's what many call "the birthday of the church." Red is the color of Pentecost, partly because one of the metaphors for the Holy Spirit is fire, and so worshippers are encouraged to wear something red to church on Sunday. (Wind is another metaphor for the Holy Spirit, but I can't really see those little fan hats catching on in church, so I guess we're stuck with wearing red.) Nope. Not happening. Pentecost Sunday also starts a new church season (also called Pentecost), which is by far the longest season in the church year. Just think: in late November - that's right, November - you'll look down at your service leaflet and see that Sunday listed as "the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost." So this Sunday, in addition to being a day of celebration itself, is also a bit of a starting gun for a marathon of a church se