May 30, 2017
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Acts 2:1-4
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 Recovery Cafe, a refuge for healing and hope, helping women and men who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction, mental health issues and other challenges.
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.Subscribe