Acts 2:1-21; John 14:8-17, 25-27
Jim England, Proclaimer
Wind who makes all winds that blow, gusts that bend the saplings low, gales that heave the sea in waves, stirrings in the mind’s deep caves, aim your breath with steady power on your church, this day, this hour. Raise, renew the life we’ve lost, Spirit God of Pentecost. ~ Thomas H. Troeger
Worship on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, will close with these strong words for the church by hymnist, Thomas H. Troeger. We celebrate Pentecost 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 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!