May 31, 2020 Pentecost Worship “Spirit/Wind/Breath” John 20:19-23

Today is Pentecost Sunday! Pentecost derives its name from the Jewish festival celebrating the harvest and the giving of the law on Mount Sinai fifty days after Passover. Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the Holy Spirit as God’s presence within and among us. In Acts 2, the Spirit arrives in rushing wind and flame, bringing God’s presence to all people. The apostle Paul reminds us that though we each have different capacities, we are unified in the Spirit that equips us with these gifts. Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on his disciples, empowering them to forgive sin. We celebrate that we too are given the breath of the Holy Spirit and sent out to proclaim God’s redeeming love to all the world.

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