We Share the Good News with Others

Pentecost Sunday, Year C, Acts Lesson Plan
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21

The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost fulfills a promise that Jesus makes to his disciples before his ascension. In Luke 24:49, Jesus tells his disciples that he will send “what [his] father promised.” Then, on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit comes to the disciples and they are equipped to share the good news of Jesus with those who are in the city with them. The fulfillment of Jesus’ promise gives them the ability to tell others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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The Holy Spirit and Wind

Pentecost, Year C Intergenerational Lesson Plan
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21

The focal scripture for Pentecost is Acts 2:1-21. Jesus had told the disciples to wait until the advocate appeared. They were quite puzzled about what to expect in this advocate, but they trusted Jesus, and they waited.  The disciples had learned that there was empowerment in their spending time together, praying, and sharing their concerns.

They were probably together to celebrate Shavu’ot which was also called Pentecost because it occurred 50 days after Passover. Passover had brought physical freedom; at Shavu’ot people gratefully brought branches of their very first harvest and celebrated the “giving” of the Torah (the first five books found in our Bible), which brought freedom from idolatry.

On the Feast of Pentecost, the disciples experienced the Holy Spirit.  We can probably identify with Luke’s (the author of Acts) reaching for the right words to describe what happened: “It was like . . .” Yes. Well, like wind. Like . . . well, fire. Suddenly, the disciples were not just speaking — they were communicating. Each person listening to them understood what they were saying. Now the disciples were ready to do the work they had been given to do.

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Pentecost!

Pentecost Sunday, Year C
Scripture: John 14:8-17 (25-27)

In today’s Gospel passage we find Jesus gently preparing his disciples for the coming of the Advocate who will continue the teaching Jesus has begun and reminding them of all they had done together. In today’s passage from Acts the disciples are waiting huddled in the upper room fearing that the authorities would come and get them before the Advocate showed up. What might they have been expecting? Sure enough, God remains true to form: God is a surprise. What they get is a wind that blows into the room, chases away the cobwebs of fuzzy thinking, and fills the disciples with fire. How is that same wind blowing in our lives as we look at the work we have been given to do?

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