Pentecost this Sunday

DONE-dove

Acts 2:1-21
John 15:26-27; 16:12-15

Spirit and Truth n Jim England, Proclaimer

 O Breath of Life, come sweeping thru us, invest in us new life and power.
O Breath of Life, come cleanse, renew us, fit your Church to meet this hour.

“On the day of Pentecost all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. Suddenly, there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind. It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving  in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took           control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.”  ~ Acts 2:1-4

We celebrate Pentecost in worship this Sunday, May 20, seven weeks (fifty days) after Easter Sunday, with colors of red commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Disciples of Christ. The apostles received the Holy Spirit and were miraculously enabled to go out into Jerusalem prophesying and speaking in languages that all the visitors to Jerusalem could understand as told further in Acts 2:5-6, “Many religious Jews from every country in the world were living in Jerusalem…they were hearing everything in their own languages.” The noise and activity attracted a huge crowd, and the Apostle Peter preached a sermon to the crowd with great effectiveness, as Acts 2:41 reports, “On that day about three thousand believed his message and were baptized.”

The stained glass window in our Commons depicts the Holy Spirit as a white dove descending amidst the brilliant reds. The window was originally designed for our chapel by our Pastor Emeritus, Don Burke, and Bob Markert, glass artist of our Sanctuary windows and the windows in our Fellowship Hall.

Come and hear the good news of God’s spirit-work in the ancient church and learn how we may also be renewed!