Through Memorial weekend we give thanks to the men and women of the Armed Forces who laid down their lives protecting the freedoms and democratic ideals that guide our country. Memorial day has grown over the years, and now we also spend time remembering those who are no longer a part of our congregation. We call their names and offer our thanks for their witness in our lives. Sunday is also Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Jerusalem which empowered the disciples to begin leading the church. How we view this event determines a great deal of the church’s future.