Lesson Plans That Work: Day of Pentecost

Lesson Plans That Work: Day of Pentecost

June 2, 2014
Shannon Kelly

lptwSunday, June 8 is Pentecost, Year A. Readings from the Acts of the Apostles take the place of Old Testament Readings.

Gospel Lesson: Gifts From the Spirit
Scripture: John 20:19-23

As we celebrate the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the disciples and the gift of speaking in different tongues and being able to understand one another, we celebrate the diversity that God has given us. We celebrate all of the various ways in which God has gifted us with different skills, language, visions, and dreams. We are all made in God’s image AND we all bring varied gifts to the community.

Acts of the Apostles: The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21 

Most biblical scholars agree The Book of Acts is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke. This book contains the stories of the early church and the work of the disciples. Today’s lesson is the Pentecost story, the second most important feast of the church after Easter. Following the instructions of Jesus, the disciples are waiting together in Jerusalem. Jesus had promised to send His Spirit to be with them. The Spirit entered the room like a mighty rush of wind and settled like a tongue of fire on the head of each disciple. This was the gift of encouragement and boldness the apostles needed to begin their mission of evangelism. Pentecost is considered the birthday of the church because three thousand new souls accepted Jesus as their savior that day.

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