As we worship on Sunday, June 9, we celebrate Pentecost. Pentecost marks the unleashing of the Holy Spirit empowering of the church to reach the world with the gospel of God’s love.
During the service, we will celebrate the work of the Spirit in renewing all of creation through song, scripture, readings from Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-8, 12-13 and the sermon “Show Up: Two Worlds.”
The human community described in Genesis, chapter 11, the tower of Babel – when people were divided into diverse language groups begins to be mended in Acts, chapter 2. As the Spirit arrives and Peter explains, the confusions of Babel are reversed. Instead of widening confusion, there is widening comprehension. Instead of separation, there is a reunion. Instead of exclusion, there is widening inclusion. What was divided is being mended. What was narrowed is broadened. One way we see the Spirit’s power is the uniting of the community and the widening of the circle, part of the growing momentum, building ripple by ripple toward the ultimate reunion of humankind.
Rev. David J. Hanna will be preaching.
Following service we invite you to join together in the Chalice Room, next to the Sanctuary, for fellowship and refreshments.
Fifty days after Christ’s resurrection, the Holy Spirit comes to the disciples on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost was an established Jewish festival, also known as the Feast of Weeks, which drew people from many nations back to Jerusalem (Lev. 23:15-21; Deut. 16:16). Pentecost marks the unleashing of the Holy Spirit empowering of the church to reach the world with the gospel of God’s love. In celebrating Pentecost, the church expresses its gratitude for the faithfulness of Christ in fulfilling his promise to send “another counselor” (John 14:16); celebrates the work of the Spirit in renewing all of creation; professes its confidence and security in knowing the Spirit’s power is available for its mission and ministry. The traditional color for Pentecost is red, after the flames described in Acts 2:3.
About Worship At Calvary
We welcome newcomers and visitors to join us for worship, which is traditional in style and contemporary in spirit, friendly and graciously welcoming, relaxed and engaging. The service includes contributions from members and clergy alike who lead us in a weekly expression of our faith with warm greetings, fine music, a children’s talk and sermons aimed at helping us understand how the teachings of the Bible can be applied to our lives today.