What is Pentecost Sunday??? (5/24/15)

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in EventAnnouncement | 0 comments

 

This Sunday, May 24, marks the coming of the Holy Spirit as described in Acts chapter Pentecost Banner Flame _IMG_2129_square2.  Pentecost comes 50 days after Easter.

 

 Check out what happened during that first Pentecost Sunday, 50 days after Christ’s resurrection…

 

 

Pentecost

Acts 2:1-25  When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs — we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

22 “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. NIV

 

Why Red???

Pentecost Paraments Dove  _0305The paraments in our sanctuary are currently red to indicate that we’re in the Season of Pentecost.  Red reminds us that the Holy Spirit descended to the church as “tongues of fire”.  A white dove is also shown.  This indicates the peace that God brings to us.

 

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Confirmation of New Life…

Pentecost is traditionally considered to be the birth of the church and is often marked by the joining of new members into the church.  In our case, we will celebrate the commitment of our confirmation class as they affirm the vows made in their place at their baptism and join the church.

More Information about Pentecost…

For more information (of a light hearted sense…), check out the following video…

 

The Winds of Pentecost…

PUMC member Lee Whitaker has composed a song called “The Winds of Pentecost” which tells the story of Pentecost through music.

 

 

 

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