5 June 2022
Bible readings for today
Holy Spirit of God,
as of fire, forging, purging, all-consuming:
touch us with love,
purge us from the dross of sin and self,
so that we may tell your glory
in the furnace of the world.
With the Father and the Son,
you live and reign,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Pentecost (Acts 2: 1-21)
The Day the church was created, as God sends the Holy Spirit to encourage and empower the disciples.
Family Faith Moments & Intergenerational services (Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand)
A beautiful image from the Visio Lectio project, created by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. © Sarah West. All Rights reserved, shared with permission.
Pentecost Flame Hats
You will need
You could get the children to write as many ways of saying hello in different languages that they can.
After 50 days of waiting and celebrating the Good News of Easter, we reach the mystery and beauty of Pentecost. +Steve, Damon and Joel bring their insights and experiences to a discussion on who the Holy Spirit is, and what it means for the Advocate and Comforter to dwell with us.
Game: What country am I from?
You will need
White sticky labels and a pen.
Write the names of a different country on each of the labels.
What to do
What you need:
Popcorn , Popcorn maker / microwave, Recipe for coloured popcorn
Talk about what happened at Pentecost. Then show them some popcorn, talk about how the disciples were like this popcorn before Pentecost. When God sent his Holy Spirit, like the warm air in this popper, look what happened to them! They exploded! We all have loads of exciting possibilities inside us, we just need God, Jesus and the Holy spirit to let it all burst out.
A reflection on Pentecost from Rev. Scottie Reeve, shared in lockdown.
Gospel Conversations from the Diocese of Dunedin
This week Michael hosts a discussion with Gillian Townsley (St Hilda's and Otago University); Jenny Dawson (a past ministry educator and present spiritual director from Wellington Diocese) and Alec Clark (previous Duendin Diocese Ministry Educator). Together they start to untangle some of the complexities of John's story of the coming of the Spirit. (From last year's reading)
The BibleProject has some great resources to help unpack the whole story - particularly placing Pentecost within the context of Acts. They also have a podcast episode on this: Pentecost and the Expected Unexpected Spirit
BibleProject: Acts 1-7
BibleProject: The Holy Spirit
The Acts Poster from BibleProject (All Rights reserved) - free to download on their website.