From the Desk of Dawn Parr, Children’s Ministry Director

Pentecost—a word I knew nothing about as a child.  I was not raised in a church and my first experience with this celebration was fascinating to me. I attended my father-in-law’s church on this particular day, and everyone was dressed in red.  As we entered the building greeters extended birthday greetings.  It wasn’t my birthday and why all the red?

We recognize Pentecost as the birthday of the church.

It was when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples.  The onset of the New Covenant was established, and the Apostles went out among the many gathered in Jerusalem to preach the Gospel message.

Christians celebrate Pentecost in many ways.

Wearing red is a reminder of the fire of the Spirit at work in us.  Some adorn themselves with ‘tongues of flames’ medallions or jewelry. My mother-in-law always makes a Pentecost cake with cherry icing (and it is delicious).

Peter delivered the first sermon in Jerusalem on the first Pentecost.

More than 3,000 people became Christians.  The disciples traveled to the far corners of the earth to bring the message of Jesus Christ to all.  It was the power of the Holy Spirit that made this possible.  We too can harness this same power.  During this time, more than ever, let’s pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to enter our hearts and give us the spiritual strength to live our lives according to the will of God.

This Sunday, celebrate the Pentecost!

Wear the brightest red clothing you own, bake a ‘birthday cake’ and let the Holy Spirit enter your heart today. That is the true meaning of this holy day.