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May 24, 2013

Celebrating the Pentecost

By Pastor Joan Ervin Cincinnati/Unionville United Methodist Church
The Daily Iowegian

---- — Sunday was the day churches around the world celebrated the “Day of Pentecost.”

Pentecost is the birthday of the church. After that first day of Pentecost, people began to meet as “church families,” in those days mostly in their homes; but it was the beginning of forming churches.

We think of a church as a big, beautiful building with a cross on top, or something similar, but that big beautiful building is not a church. It is just a church building. So, what is a church?

My daughter has a plaque on her office wall that says, “The church is what is left, when the building burns down and the preacher leaves town.” So what would be left if the building where you worship burned to the ground and then your pastor moved away? In case you can’t figure it out it would be you. The people who worshiped there would be what is left and they could still be the church.

You don’t need a building to be a church. Remember the song that says…” am the church, you are the church, we are the church together, all who follow Jesus all around the world, yes we’re the church together.”

The first day of Pentecost was the day the Holy Spirit came from Heaven and put power and fire into the people.

The power came like a mighty wind! What would happen if the power if the mighty wind blew upon gut building that you worship in? It would crumble! And what would happen if fire fell on that building? It would no longer exist. But what can happen when the power of the mighty wind, of the Holy Spirit, and the fire of the Holy Spirit falls on the people? They can become filled with God’s Glory and they can change the world.

Lets all allow ourselves to become filled with that wind and fire and lets go out and change the world We can do it one hurdle at a time. How? With the power and the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.” That is how it is done.