Holy Spirit, Rain Down

Acts 2:1-21

“When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. . . .”

From sermon4kids.com: “. . . What is really amazing is that the Holy Spirit didn’t come that one time and then go away. The Spirit still lives in the hearts of Christ’s followers and the Spirit is with us here today.”

Scripture: May 20, 2018—Acts 2:1–21; Romans 8:22–27; Psalm 104:24–34, 35b; and John 15:26–27; 16:4b–15.

Collect: O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: In this coming week consider how many ways and through which persons you are shown a new path for your life. Watch for startling nudges or sudden epiphanies; listen for sighs that signal letting go of something pressing so that you can hear the Spirit’s guidance. What have you learned? How can you give thanks?

Sunday School — check with your teacher

Eye Candy: “What the fire gives” by Jan Richardson; “Holy Spirit Coming” by He Qi; a page of Pentecost art from Asia featuring Watanabe, Tanaka, Ota, Miura, and others.

Ear Worm: “Holy Spirit, Rain Down” by Hillsong; “Pentecost Sunday” by Richard Felciano [click on “play” (>); my ALL TIME FAVORITE]; “Come, Holy Spirit” by John Michael Talbot; “Veni Sancte Spiritus“, written by W.A. Mozart

Brain Food:
Windblown” by Jim Calahan; “One in the Spirit” by Timothy Warren; “Exuberant Spirit of God” by Jan Berry

Movies/Videos: “Star Wars IV ‘A New Hope’ ” (1977), Luke learns to trust the Force; “Wizard of Oz” (1939), the wind picked up Dorothy & Toto and took them to a place where nothing is the same; “The Music Man” (1962), the mighty wind opens the door for the professor and students to receive gift




Study guide, group activity, snacks



: young elementary: activity; bulletin games; crafts;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games; craft




Here’s a video about Pentecost. Reflect on what it means for you today.

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