Sunday, 8 June 2014

A New Start – Pentecost

Today is Pentecost. Pentecost was the Jewish feast which, in about 33 A.D., saw incredible events which rocked the world. The Holy Spirit, signified by wind and fire, fell on the timid and frightened group that remained of Jesus’ disciples. Endowed with power they were able to proclaim the news that Jesus Christ had come as Saviour and by a miracle, they were understood by the multinational crowds, present for the feast, in their own languages. 3000 people became believers – the church of Christ was born.

As we celebrated Pentecost at St Paul's today, there was much that was different, here. Many of the congregation sported red clothes (red is the symbol of Pentecost) and the young people led the service, led by our youth worker, Lou McGoldrick who also gave a talk. The young people’s band provided a lively modern musical lead; they also provided a drama group with a modern take on the Pentecost story, and read the lesson.

As the church of today and the future, it was good to welcome them on this special occasion.