Given By Rev. Madison Shockley June 9, 2019
Welcome to Pentecost Sunday. The reading today tells the story of the apostles arguing about which of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them that whoever wants to be first shall be last and servant to all. Pentecost is the foundational myth of the Christian Church. It says our purpose is not to argue among ourselves but to reach out and serve the world. We can do nothing without the Holy Spirit. Pilgrim is known for demonstrating our faith. By doing critical public witness of our faith, we serve the world. We were there in Tucson, AZ, with our brothers and sisters from all faiths, supporting the least of us, immigrants. Scott Warren is on trial for providing water, food, medical aid, and shelter to those who cross the desert into the U.S.. Those striving for a better life are not our enemy. We stand with them for they are children of God. Giving aid to immigrants is not a crime but a human right. Our Constitution states that every human has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Every human, not just citizens. Our humanity is at stake with this trial. We are all God’s children.