Pentecost is my favorite day in the church year! It’s when we are reminded that God is still active within and among us, that God can be found in and is relevant to all cultures in the world, and that women can, indeed, be preachers. Without the story of Pentecost, I would not be a pastor. For many years, the movement of the Spirit on Pentecost has inspired me and continually reminded me that my call to ministry is, indeed, from God, even when humans and human-made institutions might question it.
How are you tackling Pentecost this year? Some pastors choose to incorporate fire or wind in worship somehow – are you having balloons, or a flame in the font? This is a great day to be creative with decorations in the worship space. Will the room be decked out in shades of red? There are countless ways to bring the energy of Pentecost to your worshippers. One leader I spoke with this week was hoping to change the names of the places listed in the Acts reading to the names of places that the staff in her international community call home. In other contexts, I have heard of people forgoing the ancient place names in favor of the modern names for the same regions. And, of course, there is always the option of having the Acts reading (or any other part of worship) done in multiple languages.
Revised Common Lectionary readings can be found here and Narrative Lectionary texts and commentary are here. The NL brings us to Galatians, but has Acts as another reading for the day. What theme are you following this week? As always, there are lots of resources at TextWeek and Working Preacher, and on the RCL and NL discussion pages on this blog from earlier this week.
What creative ideas can you share for this Pentecost Sunday? Where are you feeling stuck? Please join in the conversation. Welcome to the Preacher Party!
canoeistpastor is Katya Ouchakof, co-pastor at Lake Edge Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. She is a certified canoeing instructor, occasional hospital chaplain, aunt to the best kids in the world, and a devout Star Wars fan.
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