When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.   Acts 2:1-4

This past Sunday (June 9) we celebrated Pentecost, often considered the birthday of the church. Acts chapter 2 tells the story of the Holy Spirit’s arrival upon the community of believers. This fulfilled Jesus’ promise that the disciples would not be left alone and that God would send another, an Advocate, to teach them and to remind them of all that Jesus had told them.

Because the Holy Spirit came in tongues of fire, red is the color of Pentecost. In our Pentecost worship on Sunday, we distributed red candles to everyone in attendance, celebrating the ways in which the Holy Spirit is at work in each person’s life.

We see that work in the life of our church…

  • In nursery volunteers, Sunday School and Wednesday night teachers, committee members, Wednesday night cooks, tellers, ushers, and deacons…
  • In those who wash dishes, collect money at Wednesday night supper, sing in the choir or praise team, make coffee, operate the computer or soundboard for worship, tend our church garden, read and pray in worship, chop wood and build ramps for those in need, visit and call those who are unable to attend church…
  • When we meet for fellowship and prayer, bring a dish to share at a covered dish lunch, stand to sing together as a congregation, and give offerings to support the work of our church…

In these ways and in so many more, the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives, in our church, and in our community. Pentecost is a celebration of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of all who seek to follow Jesus. THANK YOU, FBCP church family, for allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through you!

— Pastor Jennifer Rygg

If you missed worship on June 9, please pick up a red candle from the table outside the church office.
May this candle serve as a reminder of the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…
Acts 1:8