Lutherans believe that they are a part of a community of faith that began with the gift of the Holy Spirit, God’s presence with his people, on the day of Pentecost.
Pentecost Sunday and Confirmation are this coming Sunday, May 20. We’ll have one combined service at 10:00 AM, followed by the annual Pentecostal Tea. Our confirmands this year are Aiden Barger and Gabe Aaroen.
This Sunday is the day for which the disciples and many others have waited, and, not often patiently! Pentecost, the fiftieth day after the resurrection of Jesus, was a brand new day in many ways! It had been predicted head of time – a fulfillment of all things connected with Jesus Christ! Here are three examples of Jesus’ words about this special day:
Luke 24:49 “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
As you read this, it’s true – “we’re almost there!” It’s “soon and very soon” as the hymn suggests! The fulfillment of this amazing “Jesus movement” of biblical days is discovered on Pentecost day. Those who are gathered are changed, renewed, and invigorated like they will never be so again!
This story from Acts 2 is the birthing room of the Church. The world will never be the same again. Why? Because the Church is the way that Jesus chose to spread His great Good News throughout the world for all to hear.
A legend has it that Jesus and Gabriel were looking down from heaven at the experience of Pentecost. Gabriel was worried at what He saw and just shook his head. “What’s the matter, Gabe?” Jesus asked. “Well, Lord, no disrespect for what You have done, but, are those the ones you have put in charge to spread Your Good News?!?!?” Gabriel paused and then said, “Can they get the job done? I mean, do you have a back-up proposal in case they fail?” Jesus looked calmly at Gabriel and said, “I have no other plans.”
Pentecost is a day to give thanks for God’s faith in us! He has trusted people just like you and me to take His plan and make it work. And, for 2,000 years, it continues to work; we continue to share the love of Christ with all we meet!
And again, this year, we’re almost there! This Sunday, the Spirit will make Himself known through Word and Sacrament. He will truly be present.