Passage: John 20:19-23
May 28, 2023 is Pentecost.
Pender Lead Pastor Will White preached on “He Breathed on Them” based on Scriptures John 20:19-23 and Acts 2:1-21. “He Breathed on Them” is from the series When God Came Down Like Fire.
Pentecost calls for celebration, for signs and symbols of a God who pushes through, who rushes in when it seems all is lost. The traditional wind symbols – like balloons and kites and streamers – can be powerful reminders of movement and of an irresistible force and presence. The traditional color red reminds us of the flame and the passion of the one who calls and transforms us. Fire is also a great reminder of the power of the presence and speaks as well of the danger inherent in an encounter with the Spirit. Pentecost is traditionally full of sound and movement and song and joy. Many look forward to this exuberance and outpouring of laughter and celebration as the community gives thanks for the gifts of individuals and of the body as a whole.