May 19, 2015
What is Pentecost? For Christians, Pentecost commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus. Before the events of the first Pentecost, which came a few weeks after Jesus’ death and resurrection, there were followers of Jesus, but no movement that could meaningfully be called “the church.” Thus, from an historical point of view, Pentecost is the day the church was started. This is also true from a spiritual perspective, since the Spirit brings the church into existence and enlivens it. Pentecost is the church’s birthday.
What a fitting time to raise up our two special offerings, Strengthen the Church, a United Church of Christ campaign that funds new church starts and the Seattle Young People's Project, a youth-led, adult-supported social justice organization that empowers youth to express themselves and take action on issues that affect their lives.
Red is the liturgical color for Pentecost Sunday. This color reminds us of fire—the symbol of the Holy Spirit, overpowering barriers of culture and race. All are invited to wear red this Sunday, May 24.Subscribe