Pastor Joseph Huston
Sunday Morning Worship 9:15 am
Children’s Sunday School 9:30 am
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (June-August)
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The Wind of God’s Spirit
I wrote this article several years ago. Just the other day Peggy and I drove north on US 127. We both were amazed at the growth of the wind farm in the Ithaca area. Those big wind turbines are fascinating and they are, for me, a metaphor of the power of the Holy Spirit. I offer this article to you again this season of Pentecost, 2018.
There they were dotting the landscape before me and to my right as I drove past Ithaca. As far as my eye could see to the east, huge wind turbines dotted the rural landscape. They are part of the Gratiot County Wind Project run by D.T.E and are part of D.T.E.’s plan to generate 10% of its power through renewable sources in our state by 2015. Each of the GE wind turbines can produce 1.6 megawatts of power. In total the 133 turbines will produce enough electricity to power 50,000 homes. That’s 375 homes per turbine.
Clean and renewable energy is wonderful by creating jobs and helping us move away from a carbon fuel based economy and towards sustainable energy independence.
There are detractions though.
I am sure some of the neighbors living close to the wind farm do not appreciate the change in their view of the landscape. There is concern that the night warning lights on the turbines may confuse night flying migratory birds, confusing and luring them to their deaths. It is so hard to find perfect solutions for any challenge.
As I watched those turbines revolve in the wind, I thought of power in our lives and in our church. The season of Pentecost is all about the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles on that first Pentecost Sunday. The Spirit came with the sound of a rushing wind. Throughout scriptures the presence of God has been compared to the wind. Jesus himself talked about the Spirit in these terms.
With images from the Bible in mind I think about those turbines and us. We can stretch our arms of faith wide just like the blades of the turbines, and we can catch the Wind of the Spirit. Those turbines can pivot 360 degrees on their pedestals so they can catch the wind regardless of its direction. In the same way when we are open to the Spirit we can position ourselves to maximize our openness to the Spirit.
Then moved by its power we will be energized in our personal lives and together in our congregations to follow Christ in our journeys through life as well as to do the work Christ calls us to do.
The electricity of those turbines is not for the turbines themselves, but for the homes.
One more thing – the turbines in this wind farm have three blades reminding me of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yes, this is a coincidence of design, but it is a great picture and it works for me.
I look forward to seeing you in Church throughout the summer.
Let’s be caught by the Spirit’s wind together. Can you feel the breeze?