Pentecost 2017

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[a] as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:1-4

Pentecost is seen to be the birth of the church. It was in Antioch that the followers of Christ were filled with the Holy Spirit, first called Christians, and could speak in many languages.  It may be difficult to define the Holy Spirit but it is seen as God’s power in action. God sends out the spirit by projecting God’s energy to any place to accomplish God’s will. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us the energy and will to become the child that God created and to work in God’s Name. Without the Holy Spirit, we can do very little but with the Holy Spirit, we can shine God’s light in us to light the world to make it better for everyone.

One of the symbols used is Holy Spirit as a Dove from the story of Jesus’ baptism when Jesus saw Holy Spirit like a Dove descending upon Him.

Fire appeared on that first Pentecost reminiscent of the burning bush on Mount Sinai from which God spoke to Moses. Fire calls attention to the strength and force of the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit is also represented by Wind remembering the wind that blew over the waters at the beginning of Creation calling attention to the Holy Spirit breathing life into the Church.

Water signifies birth and life representing the cleansing and life-giving action of the Holy Spirit at Baptism.

The cloud is used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit because clouds provide life-giving water. In the Old Testament, God often leads the people with a cloud or appears to them in a cloud.

This Pentecost we are reminded that as Christians we walk in the Spirit knowing others will see Christ in us, and, God will give us everything we need to do God’s will.