May 31, 2020
This week we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, a very significant day in the life of the Christian church. In Acts 2 we read about those first disciples of Jesus who were obediently waiting in Jerusalem as commanded by Jesus. Then God’s Holy Spirit came upon them in “tongues of fire” and it became the birthday of the Christian church. Peter preached his first sermon and about 3,000 people came to the Lord. Talk about an altar call…“Hey, Mark! Bring in that fire hose. We got some baptizin’ to do!”
The church season of Pentecost runs from this 7th Sunday after Easter all the way to the end of November when we begin the season of Advent, the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Two common church symbols of Pentecost are 1) a white dove, as a reminder of when the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus at his baptism in Matthew 3:16, and 2) an image of fire, reminding us of God’s encounter with Moses as a burning bush in Exodus 19:18 and that day of Pentecost when tongues of fire came upon those disciples and filled them with the Holy Spirit.
May you seek God’s filling.
Reminder! We will be meeting for worship online at claycentercovenant.online.church this Sunday (May 31). See you there!