‘When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues. as the Spirit enabled them.’ Acts 2: 3-4
WHAT A BEAUTY OF A STORY!
One of my favourite memories of Pentecost Sunday as a young person, was being re-confirmed in the church with other young people in my Congregation. A day we all prepared for, not only in our confirmation classes but we had taken a journey in affirming Gods Love for his people and the Jesus had overcome everything and proclaimed the gospel with his crucifixion and resurrection in our lives! our Congregation wore red, and we had made flames for everyone to pin to their chests as a sign to remember such a grand occasion in our church, everything was done in many languages and everyone bonding together.
God’s power is seen in the Pentecost story as the apostles proclaim Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected. The gift of tongues in Acts 2 is a sign that God’s word is no longer limited to one people or one place, one language or one race, but is now available to all people everywhere.
As we come closer to the season of Pentecost here are some resource ideas that may help you in celebrating Pentecost in your congregations:
The preaching of Peter on Pentecost responds to the question raised by his helpers, “What shall we do?” The apostle replies, “Each one of you must turn away from his sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God’s gift, the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
This is still the Christian message – repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. We, too, are called to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. We encourage you to have fun and be excited in the lead up to Pentecost! How to we share the flame and grow Gods hope within young people! Share us your story of how the season of Pentecost renews and affirms our belief in Christ.
Joyce Tangi is the Children’s/Family Ministry Lead and Field Officer (South) within the PULSE team.