pentecost6Sunday is Pentecost, one of the most important days on the church calendar! It’s at least as important as Christmas and Easter. Thanks to the power of the Holy Spirit poured out on Pentecost, you are reading this today. That’s right, thanks to Pentecost YOU enter into God’s story! You receive the Holy Spirit.

Why is Pentecost so important? Check out this “What’s in the Bible” video for a review of the story AND to learn a thing or two like I did. It’s a great video for kids and adults!

Pentecost marks the coming of the Holy Spirit. The wind, flames, and power of God’s Spirit is poured out. See Acts 2:1-21. You see Christianity did not start with the birth of Jesus or his death and resurrection, but rather with Pentecost.

After Jesus physically left the earth, God’s power and presence continued on in ordinary people—the 12 disciples. Then suddenly 3000 more on Pentecost. Next the Spirit spread to non-Jews and foreigners, around the world and through the generations–eventually on to you through your Baptism. Even as the world and church changes, the power of God’s Spirit is still at work. God’s Spirit is why we have faith today!

It is very fitting that this Pentecost Sunday we will be recognizing graduates at Good Shepherd. We send the graduates out into the world just as the Holy Spirit sent the disciples out to the ends of the earth. The students are empowered by the Spirit with gifts to serve, lead, heal and tell the story of God’s love and grace. Our graduates do not go out alone. The comfort, love, peace, and power of God’s Spirit goes with them.
Reflect on these words from Jesus about the Holy Spirit.

“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 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. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14: 25-27

• How do you see the Holy Spirit working in your life?
• What are you being reminded or pulled to do?
• Where do you need comfort and peace?’

For fun start a discussion about Pentecost with someone (friend or family member or random person on the street). See what you learn from each other. I’m sure you will do better than these people in Jay Leno’s interviews about Easter:

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