This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Christian Church. The liturgical color is red which symbolizes the presence of God in the person of the Holy Spirit.
Growing up in the Pentecost Holiness Church, we only observed 3 liturgical seasons Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. By far the most exciting worship happened on Pentecost Sunday. In our church Acts 2 was always read on Pentecost Sunday. As verse 4 was “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (KJV) … the church would erupt with folks dancing in the spirit (shouting) and speaking in tongues. The worship atmosphere was electric. Old folks use to say, “The spirit was so thick you could cut it with a knife.” Growing up, I loved it! Church was never boring to me, especially so on Pentecost Sunday.
As an adult such memories still bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart. However, I’ve come to understand that too often folks got caught up in a Pentecost moment and failed to grasp that the Pentecost moment was to prepare them to be sustained in their faith for a life of service to God. That does not take place shouting in worship on Sunday (though there is nothing wrong with that.) But it takes place as we live through the challenges of the rest of the week.
This is what Jesus promises in John 14:26-27; “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.” Right now, this is what we need; “Pentecost Peace in a Pandemic.”
Join us this Pentecost Sunday at 11:30 AM by ZOOM or Facebook Live Stream when I share more about this in my sermon, “Pentecost Peace in A Pandemic,” based on “Acts 2:1-7, 12-17” and “John 14:15-17, 25-27.”