PENTECOST

INTRODUCTION & HISTORY

May 31 – June 6

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Week 27
May 31 – June 6

WEEK 27

May 31 – June 6

INTRODUCTION

Pentecost is the day Christians remember the arrival of the promised gift of the Holy Spirit in the lives of early believers recorded in Acts 2. Today, it is a time to celebrate God being with us. The promise that God would one day come to dwell with His people was made permanent through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The Spirit testifies to the risen Jesus in our hearts and lives. Jesus has taken His rightful place as king, and has established His people, the Church, to be His ambassadors. Pentecost brings the Church into the story in a profound and beautiful way. The Church now carries the message of hope to the world as it brings the peace, the power, and the presence of God to all nations. Pentecost Sunday reminds the Church of its mission and purpose in Christ.

ENTER THE STORY

We invite you to respond to the calling to share Jesus with the world. It is a time to demonstrate joy, knowing that the King of Heaven indwells His people and that Jesus is always with us. In a culture that is without hope or meaning apart from Jesus, we have a better and more powerful story! May we as a church family be inspired by the empowering Spirit of God to live out God’s mission in the world.

HISTORY & TRADITIONS

Pentecost means “fiftieth” and has its origins in the Old Testament festival known as the Feast of Weeks, which was celebrated 50 days after Passover. This festival was meant to remind the nation of Israel that their crops and their food were a blessing from the Lord and it was a time to give back to the Lord the “first fruits” of their harvest. This feast was integrated into the Church through the events of Acts 2, where on the day of Pentecost in AD 33, the Holy Spirit descended on the early Church gathering in Jerusalem. The day of Pentecost is a time to reflect on the new realities that are found in the Church, where the dividing wall between races, genders, classes, and people groups has been brought down and a new community has been formed. This community is empowered by the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, built on the atoning work of Jesus on the cross, to the glory of God the Father.

POSTURES & SYMBOLS

Prayerful Posture: joyful, evangelistic, missional, intentional,

Colors: red, white, green

Symbols: fire, wind, doves

Flowers and Greenery: ginger, heliconia

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