Getting in early for Pentecost

Had the final session of our Worship and Liturgy paper tonight. Together we last week prepared a Pentecost service, and divided out parts of the service. We decided to focus on the imagery of the colours of Pentecost (a topic I struggled with a bit). I landed the role of delivering a short reflection. Tonight we presented. It was a beautiful short service, rich in imagery and carefully chosen words. This was my reflection.

The Colours of Pentecost

Pentecost is Red
the colour of fire and blood
associated with energy, war, danger, strength,
power, determination, passion, desire, and love.

Emotionally intense, it enhances human metabolism,
increases respiration rate,
and raises blood pressure.

In heraldry, red indicates courage.

Pentecost is Yellow
the colour of sunshine
associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Unstable and spontaneous

Yellow produces a warming effect,
arouses cheerfulness,
stimulates mental activity,
and generates muscle energy.

Babies cry more in yellow rooms.

In heraldry, yellow indicates honour and loyalty.

Pentecost is Orange
combining the energy of red and the happiness of yellow
Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination,
happiness, creativity, determination, attraction,
success, encouragement, and stimulation.

Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain,
produces an invigorating effect,
and stimulates mental activity
and appetite.

May we know the fullness of the Pentecost reality 
The Spirit of energy, joy, determination 
The God who brings us life

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