SERMON TITLE: “The Fire of Pentecost” (Pentecost Series #1)
SERMON TEXT: Acts 2:1-21
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: May 31, 2020 (Pentecost) at First UMC
As we’ve seen from the sanctuary decorations and the Pentecost Birthday Box, we’ve moved on from the Easter season to the time when the Holy Spirit came upon the Christian believers with a rushing mighty wind and tongues of fire. The Day of Pentecost is a celebration of God’s life-giving power that filled the disciples long ago with such energy, enthusiasm, and missionary zeal that the church, in a sense, exploded into existence with a big bang.
Since Pentecost still holds great power to enliven our hearts and empower us to do God’s good work today, I don’t want to limit it to a one-day celebration. So I’m going to spread our Pentecost power over five weeks. Each Sunday we’ll focus in on one aspect of that big day and what it means for us. So the themes of my June sermons will be “The Winds of Change”, “The Power of Diversity”, “The Promise of the Father”, and “The Practices of the Spirit.” Today, we begin with “Catching on Fire,” or maybe a better title is “The Fire of Pentecost.”