Reflections from Rev. Krista
Dear People of St. Paul’s,
Come Holy Spirit, Come…On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down, flying through the disciples, sweeping them off of their feet like a huge wind. Their ministries and good works spread like wildfire in directions and ways that they never expected.
Barbara Brown Taylor in her book “Home by Another Way” describes Pentecost as a moment where we conspire with the Holy Spirit. She defines “conspire” as literally breathing together. When we come together to worship we conspire, the “Holy Spirit swoops in and out among us, knitting us together through the songs we sing, the prayers we pray, the breaths we breathe… It can scare us or comfort us, confuse us or clarify things for us.” What a way to launch a conspiracy!
On June 9th we will celebrate Pentecost at St. Paul’s. It will also mark my 10th month here. In the short time I have been here it has felt a little like a whirlwind. I have been spinning and running with the many ministries of St. Paul’s. As I prepare to hit the one year mark I wonder what the Holy Spirit will conspire among us in this next year together? How are we called to minister to and do good works in Walnut Creek? How can we continue to grow and strengthen our ministries? How exactly do you create a strategic plan in a whirlwind?
This past year the Vestry received a diocesan grant to attend the College of Congregational Development (CCD). It is a week long intensive program that teaches congregational and organizational development for churches. I will be attending along with three others: Jessica Beerbaum, Emily Hopkins and SheriGrosjean. We hope to step away and spend quality time thinking about St. Paul’s, using the different develop-ment lenses taught at CCD, and start to discern how we can continue to grow and strengthen what we do best at St. Paul’s, equipping us with the tools to co-conspire in this next year.
The Rev. Krista Fregoso