Posted by: Shawn Ragan | June 14, 2008

Pentecost, part one

Tomorrow is Pentecost, it will be the first Pentecost I attend at an Orthodox Church…come to think of it, it will be my first Pentecost ever. My whole family is going, so that is exciting. This will be the first time my wife will be going to a Sunday morning service. She went to Pascha and it had a profound impact on her…so I am excited for her to go tomorrow.

I have heard over and over again how in Orthodoxy it is often the husband who is the first one to come…that there are many stories out there where wives have lagged behind and come much more slowly. Now, this isn’t always the case…but it is common enough to be noticed. I think the “Illumined Heart” broadcast on Ancient Faith Radio recently had a podcast about this. What a flip from the average Protestant church where wives tend to drag there husbands to service.

This has been true in our case, at least on the Orthodox side of it. There are many reasons for this, none of which I’m going to elaborate on now. There is something wonderful…something I look forward to tomorrow…about seeing my entire family there with me.

So we will be going to church twice this week…today I gave what will be my last “normal” sermon in the church I am pastoring. It is a Seventh-Day church, so we meet on Saturday morning. The reality that it is June already is sinking in, and I am both sad and excited by it. I have pastored here for eight years, and it is difficult that I am leaving this. While there has been little doubt that the Lord has guided this, it does not take away from the fact that I have pastored and cared for these people for a long time. That will make leaving hard. But it is time.

Well, I’ve been busy this week, so haven’t had time to write…still looking for a job 😦

After Pentecost tomorrow I will try to write some more about it…



  1. Hi Shawn,
    It is hard to leave a church you have cared for. My husband and I have had to leave three church positions. It was hard every time. These people that you have loved and cared for and prayed for are a part of your life. Take time to grieve the loss.

    I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say about the pentecost service and how your wife is dealing with the change. I am a wife that is taking it slowly too. I pray that you will both find beauty and truth in the Orthodox Church together, as you journey and search it out.

    I pray too, that you will find a suitable and financially sufficient job soon. LORD, have mercy.

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