Saturday, 26 May 2012

The Day of Pentecost

Pentecost may not seem as important a festival as Christmas or Easter. There is no familiarity of glad tidings, no alleluias, nor does it have secular holiday traditions. No one puts up a Pentecost tree or hangs a Pentecost stocking. There are no large family gatherings with turkey and all the trimmings and we don't hear people saying "We're having Pentecost at our house this year." Most often Pentecost is viewed with either suspicion or confusion.

But Pentecost should be - Pentecost is - an important festival. It is none other than the birth day of the Church; the day in which the Holy Spirit descended on the gathered community of believers and empowered them to proclaim the Gospel and witness to Christ to the ends of the earth. God is filling the world in a new way! This is something to be celebrated!

Every year, on the Day of Pentecost, we are reminded of who we are as a church, what we proclaim, and the source of that proclamation. The Day of Pentecost is a message to the church from the church, passed down through the ages to each generation. This is something to be celebrated!

Join us this Sunday at St. Peter's as we join with the Church throughout the world in singing a joyful noise to our Lord and Saviour.