The Day of Pentecost Sunday Preview

On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Holy Spirit as the power of God among us that heals, forgives, inspires, and unites.

When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

We are gifted with the Holy Spirit, too, in this world, and we have “great expectations” for what that Spirit will accomplish in our lives.

Sermon Theme:

Great Expectations?

This Sunday the song “God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind” will be featured as the Hymn of the Day in the Traditional services.

The Holy Spirit arrives today in a flurry of activity. Tempest and whirlwind, blazing and burning, earthquake and thunder, and passion without sleep all rage within this hymn. How else does the Holy Spirit burst forth into our lives?

This Sunday at New Day worship, the Worship Song will be “Holy Spirit.

Part of that praise song is this lyrical line, “You’re our Living Hope, your Presence.”Imagine your life transformed in such a way that this becomes true for you.  That is the power of the Holy Spirit at work.

Home Devotional Questions

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “the gifts of the Spirit”?

Do you believe that God has called you into service and given you special gifts for that service?

Do our gifts and passions tend to unite us or divide us? Is that the way it should be?

Do you ever pray that the Holy Spirit will bless you will a call to a particular service in life?

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Rev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.


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