Pentecost Sunday 2017
Church News | Monday, 5 June 2017 |
Pentecost is one of the earliest and oldest celebrations in the church. Early enough to be recorded in the Acts of the Apostles along with a letter sent by St Paul to the Corinthians. Pentecost is held on the 50th day after Easter.
Jews from all over had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feast of Pentecost, when in Jewish tradition they recall the 50th day from the Passover. So, on that special day, ten days after Jesus Ascended into heaven the disciples gathered together in the Upper Room in which Jesus had appeared after His Resurrection. Jesus promised his faithful follower to send a mediator to them and on the day of Pentecost the disciples experienced a strange phenomenon, that of a mighty rushing wind and then tongues of fire rained down upon their heads filling them with the Holy Spirit which enabled the disciples to speak in different languages.
Armed with this amazing gift of language the Apostles went out and began to preach the Gospel of the Risen Lord to all the Jews that were gathered in the town. That day, it is recorded that around 3,000 people became followers of Christ and were baptised.
Pentecost Sunday is often referred to as ‘the birthday of the Church’ a wonderful day on which to celebrate and celebrate we did. During the service Revd Carolyn called some people together to activate a rainbow parachute so that we could all get a sense of a rushing wind rather like that experienced by the disciples on very first Pentecost Sunday. After the service. quite a few of us gathered together in St Mary’s Courtyard for a very enjoyable picnic.
Following two days of very heavy rain, we were very fortunate to have the sun shine upon our heads, rather like the tongues of fire that rained down upon the disciples. So much so, that Eric had to use what means he could find to protect his head from the sun… Nice one Eric.