I love Pentecost. I love the bright colors, the ways we celebrate, the use of multiple languages, the story, the Spirit. I like having a church feast day celebration that doesn’t have the pressure of Christmas or Easter. This year we are still virtual for Pentecost, but I think some churches are gathering again for the first time this day–and how appropriate does that feel?–and some have been gathering for some time. Whatever your situation, there’s probably a sermon to offer, and we’re here to help.
Whether you are in the Narrative Lectionary (discussion here) or the Revised Common Lectionary (discussion here), the Acts 2 scripture is offered. Narrative folks get Galatians as a second passage and RCL folks have John and Romans and Psalm 104. If you are still working on the order of worship or looking for a prayer, Worship Words are offered here.
This is a story that many of us preach every year. What is God’s Spirit saying this year? What do you and your people need to hear in this time and place? How has the last year shaped your view of this text?
Whether you are preaching Acts 2 or something else altogether, we are here to help. What do you need? Sermon illustrations? Time with the Children? A way to wrap things up? People to help you untangle ideas or find commentary? Ideas for how to do something festive in a virtual or physically distanced space? Let us know; we will help as we can.
I will be checking in regularly today and tomorrow and continue checking in through Saturday night.
The photo is of a Pentecost banner from our Sanctuary.
Wendy Lamb works as a commissioned pastor in a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Southern California and teaches college English classes at a local community college. She occasionally blogs at Bookgirl.
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