Pentecost Sunday

Sunday May 24, 2015


Introduction to Pentecost :

Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated early enough to be Pentecostmentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (20:16) and St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians (16:8). It is the 50th day after Easter (if we count both Easter and Pentecost), and it supplants the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which took place50 days after the Passover and celebrated the sealing of the Old Covenant on Mount Sinai.



Fifty days after Easter Sunday



The Acts of the Apostles recounts the story of the original Pentecost (Acts 2). Jews from all over were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feast. On that Sunday, ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord, the Apostles were gathered in the Upper Room, where they had seen Christ after His Resurrection:

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak with diverse tongues, according as the Holy Spirit gave them to speak. [Acts 2:2-4]

Christ had promised His Apostles that He would send His Holy Spirit, and, on Pentecost, they were granted the gifts of the Spirit. The Apostles began to preach the Gospel in all of the languages that the Jews who were gathered there spoke, and about 3,000 people were converted and baptized that day. Pentecost is said to be by many people to be the "Birthday of the Church" because it is the day that God's people came together and began to worship him in all different languages.


What Does First Lutheran do to Celebrate this Day?

At First Lutheran we celebrate Pentecost by striving to have worshp on this day focus on the diversity of the Church around the world. On this day you might hear hymns sung from different cultures around the world and the Gospel read in several different languages. We are reminded on this day that we not only commune with those at First Lutheran but with all the christians around the world.


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