This week is a great festival (no not the Summer Frolic) named Pentecost. As Acts describes the coming of the Holy Spirit, Peter proclaims that this Spirit will be for all people, so that we might have new dreams and visions for God’s ministry. That same Holy Spirit is at work as we gather this weekend.
Worship this weekend: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. in chapel
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. traditional worship
10:00 a.m. Contemporary worship
You’re still welcome to join the ELC float in the Frolic parade, or be sure to stop by for a brat on main street to support our youth.
June 8, 2014
Key Verses: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” Acts 2:1-4
Time: 30 CE
Background: Pentecost means “fifty.” Originally, Jews would have gathered fifty days after Passover to celebrate the wheat harvest. Today, Christians celebrate Pentecost fifty days after Easter to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the early believers.
The variety of languages to which the Holy Spirit revealed itself, and Peter’s quoting of the prophecy, in which men and women, young and old, slaves and free, all received the word, indicated how widespread the message was about to become.
Community: How do messages become widespread in today’s world? How can you use social media to spread the good news of Jesus to others?
At Home: What does the Holy Spirit want to say to you and through you? What can you do this week to open yourself to the Holy Spirit’s word?
Read This Week:
Monday, Jun 9, Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico, Acts 3:11-16
Tuesday, Jun 10, Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico, Acts 3:17-26
Wednesday, Jun 11, Peter and John before the Council, Acts 4:1-12
Thursday, Jun 12, Peter and John before the Council, Acts 4:13-22
Friday, Jun 13, The Believers Pray for Boldness, Acts 4:23-31
Saturday, Jun 14, The Believers Share Their Possessions, Acts 4:32-37