Pentecost

Pentecost is the significant festival that denotes the birth of the Christian church
by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost means "fiftieth day" and is celebrated
fifty days after Easter.

Remember before Jesus’ Ascension, he promised that he would not leave us
‘comfortless’, but would send the Holy Spirit to strengthen and to guide us.

The Day of Pentecost is the day that the Holy spirit came upon the apostles and
other believers. The gathered crowd was bewildered, because each heard them
speaking in the native language of each.

This created a sensation and the apostle Peter seized the moment and preached
to the crowd about Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins.
Thus, around 3000 converted and were baptised that day (Acts 2.1-41).

We use the liturgical colour red to recall the Holy Spirit descending like divided
tongues of fire resting upon each of them. Red signifies the work of the Holy
Spirit. Red also symbolises those who were martyred and held firm and true to
their faith from generation to generation and that it cost them their lives.

Pentecost, I would say is the third major festival observed by the church after
Easter and Christmas. God the Father's perfect Christmas gift of God’s one and
only Son, and Christ's Easter victory over the power of sin, death, and the devil
would be of no assistance to us if the Holy Spirit did not give us the gift of saving
faith.

Through the Word and Sacraments, the Holy Spirit gives us the faith which
believes and trusts in Christ as our Saviour. This precious gift of faith in the
saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ is the reason we should observe Pentecost
as the third major festival of the church and why we should celebrate it with such
joy and thanksgiving.

Blessings

Rev'd Pauline