Pentecost


Pentecost Celebration

Sunday, June 4, 2017

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 2:4 (NRSV)

Join us at Christ Church as we observe the birthday of the Church and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Our worship services celebrate through color, word, and song.

Read below for more information and meditations on Pentecost.

What is Pentecost?

Celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter, Pentecost is the day on which the Christian church commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of the Christian church and the proclamation of its message throughout the world. Congregations often decorate with the colors of fire and symbols of the Holy Spirit, such as flames, doves or water.

For a video short-course, view Chuck Knows Church Episode 29: Pentecost

Why Celebrate Pentecost?

Pentecost is a glorious celebration of the power and very personal presence of the Holy Spirit.

To understand the message of Pentecost, we need to understand its context. At the beginning of Acts 2 the followers of Christ were a small and discouraged group. Yet Christ had commissioned them with reaching the whole world with his Good News. In the face of an impossible task and in the loneliness of the upper room, the arrival of the Holy Spirit gave the ragtag group power and hope. That very day the truth was proclaimed in many languages and the church was born.

The message of Pentecost is a personal message for us today. Are we faced with an impossible task? Does it feel like we are serving God alone? We can take hope in the account of Pentecost. God’s empowering Holy Spirit lives within God’s children, equipping us for the tasks ahead, never leaving us alone.

Pentecost Sunday at Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ohio

A Personal Pentecost

In anticipation of Pentecost, read Acts 1 and 2. Try a new translation, like The Message or the Common English Bible.

The article 2017 Family Devotions and Observance of Pentecost from UMCdiscipleship.org lists several ways to prepare for Pentecost in your home, from discussion questions, learning about the beginnings of your faith community, and even decorating in your home with red streamers.