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.
www.sermons4kids.com: “. . . It was on the day of Pentecost that God sent his Holy Spirit to the church. . . . we can’t see him [Holy Spirit], but we can know that he is there, just like we can know that the wind is there. . . . We can’t see the Holy Spirit, but we know he is there because he speaks to our hearts. . . . We can’t see God, but we can see people doing things that God’s Holy Spirit has moved them to do. . . . We can’t see the Holy Spirit, but we know he is there because we can feel his presence in our life.”
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: What gift of yours, of your family, and of your community has the Holy Spirit especially nurtured in recent times? How might that gift be expressed and used in a new way in the coming year?
Sunday School — on break for the summer
Eye Candy: “Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles“, Christian icon in Greek Orthodox tradition; “Pentecost“, 1732, by Jean Restout II (scroll down); includes reflection; “Pentecost“, from Busted Halo website [interesting inclusion of women]; “Tongues of Fire” by Jan Richardson.
Ear Worm: “Double Alleluia” by Richard Felciano; warning: there is a high, piercing whistle at the beginning—keep listening [my absolute favorite]; “Spirit of the Living God”; “Breathe on me, breath of God” by Hillsong