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Rev. Judith Watkins – Children and Family Ministry

The peace of Christ be with you.    Judith

CHURCH AT HOME – SUNDAY 31 May, Pentecost

Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter.  It is sometimes referred to as the birthday of the church, the day when the disciples receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The book of Acts follows the journey of the disciples as they continue Jesus’ ministry.

The Holy Spirit is sometimes thought of as wind, fire or a dove.  Wind and fire can be gentle – like a breeze blowing through the trees on an autumn day, or the flicker of a candle flame.  They can also be incredibly powerful, like the fierce wind of a tornado, or the huge flames of a bushfire.  The Holy Spirit can bring peace and comfort.  The Holy Spirit can also be a source of courage and strength.

Blessings, Judith

The outline is:

Focusing:     prayer
Readings:  Acts 2:1-11
                  John 20:19-23
Thinking about the reading 
Activities –   Pentecost spinner
                       Holy Spirit crackers
                       Pentecost fruit salad
                       Pentecost cupcakes
                       Pentecost Sundae              

Holy Spirit,
wrap your dove wings around us,
spark your bright flame within us,
blow your refreshing wind among us,
so that we can be your Pentecost people today.

Readings:     Acts 2:1-11

When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.

There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world. When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages. In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, “These people who are talking like this are Galileans!  How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages? 

We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia, from Phrygia and Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene. Some of us are from Rome, both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism, and some of us are from Crete and Arabia—yet all of us hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has done!”

John 20:19-22
It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 

Thinking about the readings:
The Holy Spirit is sometimes described as fire, breath, wind, or like a dove.  At other times the Holy Spirit is described as comforter or disturber. 
Which of these words do you think describes the Holy Spirit?  Why? 
Are there other words you would choose instead?  What are they?

In Galatians, we read “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit”. (Galatians 5.22)

Can you think of examples of people living by the Spirit?  Can you think of times you’ve done this?  Share those times with each other.

What does peace mean to you?  Where do you feel most peaceful?

Activities:  choose your activities from those provided at the end of the document.

God of this whole world, we pray for all people:
people who are fighting each other,
people who are hungry,
people without homes,
and people who are lonely.
may your spirit, your energy, help us recreate the world, so we can help and care and renew all the people of the world.
We pray for all people:
people who are very close to us,
our friends and our families,
those who are ill,
and those who need help.
God, may your spirit, your energy, enable us to reshape the world, so that love binds us all closer together.

Pentecost Spinner 

Window Picture

Pentecost Crackers
These are a fun food idea.  Use whatever biscuit you like, and two different coloured cheeses with some red capsicum to make the flames.  I usually choose a cheddar and a red Leicester cheese, but you’re only limited by your imagination! 

Pentecost fruit saladUse orange, yellow and red fruits to make a fruit salad.  Cut them into flame shapes if you’re feeling really creative J 

Pentecost cupcakes
Decorate cupcakes with red or yellow icing.  Add strawberries to create flames. 

Pentecost Sundaes
If you’re feeling a bit more decadent, try this Pentecost Sundae from Catholic Icing.  Red topping or syrup for the flames, and cleverly she has used dove chocolate  – so fire and the dove are represented J

Pentecost Stained glass window

Pentecost Stained glass window

Pentecost Crackers

Pentecost Crackers

Pentecost Sundae - Yummie!

Pentecost Sundae - Yummie!