The Feast of Pentecost

Sunday, June 9:  The Feast of Pentecost
Wear red and sign up to read in many languages

Pentecost is one of the most important days in the church year when we remember and celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. Often it’s called the “Birthday of the Church” because it is when Jesus’s followers began to spread his message. We celebrate Pentecost with symbols of the Spirit — wind, fire, water, and dove.

At the 9:30 am service, this year our Rite 13 6th and 7th-grade youth group will be creating the “special effects” of the arrival of the Holy Spirit. We will also be renewing our baptismal vows with the sprinkling of water. We need your help, too! Everyone is encouraged to wear red or other flame colors (orange, pink, or yellow) to church on Sunday to symbolize that we, too, have received the fire of the Spirit. 

Also, we will re-enact the first Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit gave the disciples the gift of speaking in many languages by reading the Acts lesson in many languages. If you can read in any language other than English, please email Rev. Kate at to sign up to read. We will provide the lesson in the language of your choice (it’s OK if your pronunciation is not great — we will all be reading simultaneously, as on the first Pentecost). We need as many readers as possible, so please sign up!