Pentecost Sunday: Family of Faith
By Nathan Esser
“The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” (Rom. 5:5). By pouring love for God into our hearts, the Spirit gathers and forms new community.
The worship service on June 9th at 9:30am in the Covenant Center celebrates the day of Pentecost both verbally and symbolically. Several languages will re-tell the story of the Pentecost. The Pentecost Offering is one of our denomination’s special offerings and supports the missions of our church in a variety of ways. We will also enjoy a potluck meal as part of our Pentecost Sunday worship. You are encouraged to bring any breakfast potluck item – including the following (but certainly not limited to…) fruit, bacon, egg bake, bacon, sausage, bacon, bread, grits…bacon…you can’t go wrong with lots and lots of bacon! Mini-cinnamon rolls will be provided, as will coffee, water, tableware, and juice.
What is done during worship is also symbolic of the new community pictured in Acts 2:44-45: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
. . . They would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.” During the reading of the Word and preaching, we devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching. Gathering around the table, sharing peace and greeting one another during worship is an example of our koinonia, our fellowship, as a new community united by God’s Spirit. We break bread together and share together in a meal as a family of faith. In our generous Pentecost offerings, hope for our world and a new community is proclaimed.
It will be a fulfilling day of worship! We encourage you to invite friends and family to attend along with you. All are welcome!!
May the Spirit, through our worship and missions, pour the love of God into our hearts and the hearts of those in our community.