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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