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Celebrating Pentecostpentecost cover pic 2013

What if the Church threw a party and nobody came?

Pentecost is one of the church’s great feast days. It recalls the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and other early followers of Jesus.

My childhood church didn’t make a big deal of the day, but we did read the lessons from Acts.

Even though they were praying in the story, I always imagined the scene more like coffee hour, a big room filled with dozens of different conversations, kids running around parents’ legs, playing impromptu tag. Some loud talkers pivot in one corner, whispers in another, laughter mixed with gossip and prayer concerns. Suddenly rushing wind and tongues of fire sweep through the room, and this cacophony becomes coherent. People start to understand each other in new ways – and like the disciples, become emboldened to go out and tell the story of the risen Christ.

It's a pretty amazing story with so much to teach and challenge. But it seems Pentecost too often slips in like another event at the end of the school year, somewhere on par with graduation Sunday and church school cookout.

Pentecost should be a big deal – or at least, a bigger deal than most of us make it.

For us, this Pentecost will be a day when we will wear the flaming red of the Holy Spirit.  We will say the Lord’s Prayer in all the languages of the congregation, and we will move the celebration of the Eucharist closer to the people, right upon them, a kind of surprise for all those gathered —-just saying...


Why Wear Red for Pentecost?

The Sunday that is seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Day is the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is the is the day on which we re-member the story given to us in the second chapter of the Book of Acts.


The story goes:

– 40 days after the resurrection (which we celebrate at Easter) Jesus ascends into heaven (which we        celebrate on Ascension Day)


– But before he ascends, Jesus promises that he will not leave us “comfortless”, but will send the Holy Spirit to strengthen and to guide us, to guide the church.


– Ten days later, on the Day of Pentecost, Holy Spirit descended on the people gathered. (note: Pentecost is an ancient Jewish festival of the harvest, the name of which translates from the Hebrew as The Festival of Weeks. This festival is referred to in Exodus chapters 23 ad 34, and in Deuteronomy chapter 16)


 – In the Book of Acts, the story is told:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.


So… on The Day of Pentecost in the church year, fifty days of Easter and ten days after the Ascension, the clergy wear RED vestments to signify the work of the Spirit. It is also a custom in many churches for the people in the congregation to wear RED on the Day of Pentecost as well. We wear RED to remind us of the fire of the Spirt.


In addition, a congregation with many dressed in RED is colorful.


And perhaps most of all, it is fun.

Author - Unknown 





July 19, 2019



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