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In the Church liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time, meaning "time through the year," begins after the Ascension of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. It is also known as the Season of the Trinity. The liturgical color is green, the color of life.
Following the Ascension of Christ to the right hand of God—the enthronement
of Jesus as King of Kings and Lord of Lords—Jesus pours out the Holy Spirit on
one of the Israel's special Feast Days. Jesus is pictured as
reaping a harvest, a kind of firstfruit 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 Israel's unfaithfulness with the Golden Calf.
Learn more about "Pentecost" and "Ordinary Time."
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 of Israel (See Leviticus 23), and is to be observed fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits.
Today, Pentecost Sunday is celebrated by Christians fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus, our Passover Lamb, the firstfruits of those who have died in Christ (1Corinthians 15:20). It is the day we remember when Christians were first given power from God's Spirit to do his work on earth.
Activity before presenting the lesson
Have the children work in teams using the letters in PENTECOST as an acronym to describe powerful things. Possible responses are (don't let your class in on these until they've attempted to fill in the answers for themselves): Powerful, Energy, Nuclear, Turbo, Explosion, Christ-follower, Omniscient-God, Sonic, Thunder.
Continue reading our Pentecost Sunday Children's Sermon.
(You will need a bag containing hand-weights and a child-friendly Bible. This
talk requires two people. Familiarize yourselves with the sermon then adlib it.)
Person 1: (Removes hand-weights from bag and begins lifting them up and down.)
Person 2: What are you doing?
Person1: Working out.
Person 2: Obviously. Why?
Person 1: I'm getting strong in the Lord.
Person 2: Really?
Person 1: Yup, I want to obey God and tell my friends about Jesus, but I'm not too good at it. So, I'm working out. I'm weak in my faith.
Person 2: That's a great goal. It's important to be healthy so we can tell others about God, but what you're doing won't make you strong in Jesus!
Person 1: Why not?
Person 2: Because God has a better and more powerful way to make us strong in him! After Jesus rose from the dead, and before returning to heaven, over the course of forty days he showed himself to hundreds of people, teaching them about God's kingdom. On one of those days, when Jesus was eating with his followers, he told them to go to Jerusalem and wait for a special gift from God to make them powerful. Let me read what the Bible says.
(Remove Bible from bag, read Acts 1:8-9 from a child-friendly Bible)
His followers obeyed Jesus and returned to Jerusalem. Then something really amazing happened! Listen to what happened next.
(Read Acts 2:1-4)
God sent the Holy Spirit to live in the hearts and minds of his followers. The Bible says those who trust in Jesus and follow him can have that same kind of power that raised Jesus from the dead! In fact, the word for power, is the same word we use for dynamite!
Person 1: Now that's powerful! I need that kind of strength!
Person 2: Yes, we do! Let's pray and thank God for his Holy Spirit power!
(Close in prayer)
Get more Children's Sermons like this; learn more about It's in the Bag---52 Bible Talks for Children's Ministry.
Also check out our Pentecost Craft
When you hear the rushing wind sound and see the tongues of fire, let them serve to remind you of the Holy Spirit descending on believers at Pentecost, giving them the power to serve Jesus and to tell others the Good News! Today, God's Holy Spirit power is available to all who trust in Jesus as their Savior and Forever Friend (Romans 8:9-10).
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