Pentecost Celebrates the Birthday of the Church 

May 10, 2016

Sunday, May 15, Christians around the world celebrate Pentecost.

Pentecost commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus (Acts 2). Before the events of the first Pentecost, which came a few weeks after Jesus’ death and resurrection, people followed Jesus, but no movement could be meaningfully called “the church.” Thus, from an historical point of view, Pentecost is the day on which 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. Though not as well-known or popular as Christmas and Easter, Pentecost commemorates a watershed event in Christian history.

Red is the liturgical color for Pentecost. This color reminds us of fire—the symbol of the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit overpowered barriers of culture and race. Wear red to worship to symbolize the fire of God’s Spirit. 

Topics: Church Life, Events


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