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"...you will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes on you...and you will be my witnesses...
the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a
sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole
house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that
separated and came to rest on each of them." (Acts 1:8; 2:1-3) Read
The "Feast of Pentecost," or "Feast of Weeks," is
celebrated 50 days after the resurrection, occurring this year on May 24,
Fire-Dove Mosaic & Bible Lesson
the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit is often pictured as a hovering or descending bird, particularly a dove, while his glory is displayed in light and fire.
At Pentecost, following the resurrection of Jesus and his ascension to heaven,
the Holy Spirit was seen hovering like tongues of fire over the people of God
(Acts 2:3). This marked a new beginning. The Holy Spirit was poured out to
empower believers, and God’s promise to write his laws on their hearts had
begun to be fulfilled (Jeremiah 31:33).
dove and fire images tell us about the character of the Holy Spirit of God.The
dove reminds us that he is a loving God who hovers over his children,
providing, protecting, caring, and making peace with God for us. On the other
hand, the fire image reminds us that God is powerful, holy, and just. He is
without sin, and perfect in every way. The Bible tells us that God is a
consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24, Hebrews 12:29). Sin must be punished,
because God will not tolerate sin or look the other way. He will not allow the
guilty to go free (Exodus 34:7).
because the Lord is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, and rich
in love, he sent . . . read
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In the Church
liturgical calendar, the season moves to Ordinary Time, also known as
the Season of the Trinity. The liturgical color is green, the color of
life. The season of the Trinity or Ordinary time, follows the Ascension
of Christ to the right hand of God—the enthronement of Jesus as King
of Kings and Lord of Lords—He then pours out the Holy Spirit on
Pentecost. Jesus is pictured as reaping a harvest, a kind of first fruit
of the ultimate harvest on the Last Day. On Pentecost—through the
instrument of the Apostles’ preaching—a harvest of 3000 souls are
added to the Church; a reversing of the sad story of the Golden Calf on
that first Pentecost at Mount Sinai and the loss of 3000 (Ex 32). It
represents the ordination of all believers in Messiah as priests, and
the reversal of the truncated priesthood limited to the tribe of
Levi—a sad consequence of
’s unfaithfulness with the Golden Calf. Now every believer is ordained
to be a . . . read
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Game: Spread The Good News
(Commission, Ascension & Pentecost)
Set Up: Divide players into teams of at least 8-10 players per team. Each team will need 3
Hoola-Hoops. On each hoop write the following words: Jesus, Loves, and
You. Loop a piece of wide masking tape around the hoop allowing it to hang away from the
hoop. Then write one of the words on the tape for each hoop. Tell the players they are to pass the message written on the hoops around their circle.
The circle represents our world. Jesus told us to spread God’s good news around the
world. This game will help us to remember to obey Jesus’ command.
How To Play: Teams stand in circles holding hands. Choose one player in each circle to be the
beginning point. Place the three Hoola-hoops onto his or her arm. At the go, the
beginning player says, “Jesus”, then passes the first Hoola-Hoop to the player on his
or her right. Players must not let go of their hands, which requires them to move their
bodies through the hoop to pass it around the circle. When a player passes a hoop, he
or she must tell the next player what is written on that hoop. Teams pass the
messages on the hoops in consecutive order around the circle one at a time (first
Jesus, then Loves, then You). If any of the players let go of their hands the hoop
must go back to the beginning player. Allow teams to practice a few times before
competing against the other team(s). The team that passes all of their hoops around the circle first, one after the other,
passing Jesus, then Loves, then You, without letting go of their hands wins. Play as
long as time allows.
Pentecost is a Greek word in the New Testament, meaning fifty. In the Old Testament,
Pentecost is called the Feast of Weeks, or the Feast of Harvest. It is one of the Feasts* that God told
the Israelites to celebrate.
(See Leviticus 23) It is to be observed fifty days after the feast of
Pentecost Sunday is celebrated by Christians fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus,
our Passover Lamb. It is the day Christians were first given power
from God's Spirit to do
his work on earth.
To begin, have children work in teams
using the letters in PENTECOST as an acronym to describe powerful
things. (For example, power, electrons, nuclear, etc.)
Read or summarize Luke 24:1-53
(Have the children imagine and discuss what the
disciples felt like after Jesus' death. Imagine what you would feel like if
someone you loved had been brutally killed.) Jesus' followers hopes and dreams
were dashed, and their leader was dead!
But . . . get
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