Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 9:30am
I still remember the first birthday I celebrated at college. I walked around campus waiting for someone to share a greeting, but it never happened (these were the days before Facebook birthday reminders). I remember that night how wonderful it was to receive a call from my parents singing "Happy Birthday" to me (I'll admit it had embarrassed me in the past, but it was so welcomed that evening). I felt a bit alone during that day, but a great joy overcame me when I heard their voices.
I wonder in a small way if this is how the apostles felt on Pentecost. Alone and waiting for some joy, and then it happened, "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." (Acts 2:1-2) The day had come when everything would change, but no one knew what to expect. It didn't begin with a gentle breeze but with a violent wind. What happened next would transform the apostles' lives and send them places they could never have imagined.
Sometimes we forget this amazing day in the life of the church. I hope for a moment today, and on Sunday, you'll join me and read through Acts 2:1-21 and imagine yourself in that room, torn between isolation and devotion. What would it be like to be in that room and suddenly feel the rush of the wind? How would you have responded? The great day of Pentecost, a day we sometimes forget, should evoke both a sense of awe and great joy.
I look forward to celebrating a celebratory Pentecost with all of you this Sunday. We'll be blessed by confirming our 2021 SDUMC Confirmands and also have the youth helping to lead worship. I know it will be a Sunday that you will not want to miss! Join us for all the Pentecost excitement at Outdoor and Livestream Worship – 9:30 a.m. (we'll also share a service of Prayer & Communion at 10:45 a.m.).
Grace and Peace,