Pentecost (6/8/19)

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. “. . . 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.”

Scripture: June 9, 2019—Pentecost—Acts 2:1-21Romans 8:14-17John 14:8-17, (25-27); and Psalm 104:25-35, 37.

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

Brain Food: “Wind, wind—a reflection on the Spirit” by William Loader; “In the spirit of the spirit” by Andrew Prior; “Listen for the whisper of the wind” by Peter Woods

Movies/Videos: “Chocolat” (2000), wind blows the church doors open; “Angels in the outfield” (1994), in which angels (Holy Spirit) assist; “The Music Man” (1962), “hearing in tongues”


Study guide, group activity; snacks




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


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