When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)

Today (6/4) is Pentecost Sunday — ten days after the ascension of Christ and fifty days after his resurrection. As recorded in Acts 2, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples on this day. Pentecost was an established Jewish festival also known as the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), which drew people from many nations back to Jerusalem. People from all around the world were able to communicate with one another in different tongues — a true sign of God’s love for the world. Pentecost is the birthday of the church as it symbolizes a new beginning. It celebrates the releasing of the Holy Spirit on the world and empowering the church to reach the world with the gospel. As we celebrate the birth of the church, let us remember that we cannot do God’s work without the power of the Holy Spirit — this includes worship, nurture, and missions. Let us pray today and ask the Holy Spirit to empower us as we embark on our journey to Hackensack. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will move in power in and out of our church. Let us be ready and available to do God’s work to reach the world with the gospel. Holy Spirit come and fill our hearts today!