What is Pentecost? Pentecost, the great festival that marks the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost means "fiftieth day" and is celebrated fifty days after Easter. Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the twelve apostles, Jesus' mother and family, and many other of His disciples gathered together in Jerusalem for the Jewish harvest festival that was celebrated on the fiftieth day of Passover. While they were indoors praying, a sound like that of a rushing wind filled the house and tongues of fire descended and rested over each of their heads. This was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on human flesh promised by God through the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-29). The disciples were suddenly empowered to proclaim the gospel of the risen Christ. They went out into the streets of Jerusalem and began preaching to the crowds gathered for the festival. Not only did the disciples preach with boldness and vigor, but by a miracle of the Holy Spirit they spoke in the native languages of the people present, many of whom had come from all corners of the Roman Empire. This created a sensation. The apostle Peter seized the moment and addressed the crowd, preaching to them about Jesus' death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins. The result was that about three thousand converts were baptized that day. (You can read the Biblical account of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-41).
Six Faith Forming Pentecost Activities for Families
Prayer: During the season after Pentecost or Ordinary Time, celebrate the community of saints who make up the body of Christ. Thank God for your family's community of saints as you spend time with a portable prayer labyrinth you create and use together.
Learn about Faith: Learn about the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 and get creative using real fruit as examples of spiritual fruit in these engaging activities.
Ritual and Tradition: Bake a Pentecost cake!
Caring Conversation: What is Pentecost and what difference does it make in my life today? The simple explanation and ideas in this article might be a springboard for conversation around the dinner table.
Learn about the Bible: The Spirit of God lives inside of us, and helps us to share God's love with others. Hear the story of Pentecost, and learn to share God's love in some other languages. The Language of Pentecost
Serve Others: Join with friends or neighbors to create a delicious soup to share with others. When everyone brings a little something to share, you can make a real difference to those who have less. The Great Stone Soup Adventure
Pentecost Sunday 2014