The Season of Pentecost
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” Acts 2:1-4
Pentecost begins on the first Sunday of June. The Day of Pentecost has become the occasion for the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church. The Spirit is the power of the resurrected Jesus in our midst, claiming us in baptism, feeding us at communion, and sending us into the world to be bearers of that divine word which raises the dead to new life. We are claimed by this gift of the Holy Spirit and sent to be the Church in this time and place.
The Season of Pentecost is the longest season of the church year. It begins in June and will end on the first Sunday of Advent. It is no accident that it is the longest season as this is where we focus on being the Church. In the season of Advent, we prepare for the coming of Christ into our midst, which we truly understand in the season of Christmas. Epiphany has us ponder the nature of Christ, ‘who’ he is. Lent helps us understand the ‘why’ of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Easter celebrates the gift of the resurrection and what it means in our lives. In Pentecost, we learn that we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit in order to live our callings as Christians and be the Church.
On June 11, we will celebrate the season with one service that day. We will worship at 10 a.m. and celebrate the Spirit through readings and song. The Choir, the Band, and the children of Sunday School have been eagerly preparing for this day. We will also celebrate the Holy Spirit with the baptism of Declan Leininger. It looks to be a wonderful day that will lead us into the Summer months, the growth period of our land and of the Church. I do hope that you will celebrate with us throughout the season.
God our creator, the resurrection of you son offers life to all the peoples of the earth. By your Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love, empowering our lives for service and our tongues for praise, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Prayer of the Day for Pentecost