FCCN Sunday Service Preview - "The Spirit of Pentecost"

June 4, 2017
"And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind."
Acts 2:2

Dear Friends,
What would you say is the most important event in human history? It would have to be Easter as Easter changed everything. What would you say is the second most important event in human history? It would have to be Pentecost, the birthday of the church. It was at the first Pentecost that the church was empowered by the Holy Spirit and from that empowerment, the apostles began to act with their own sense of empowerment.  Celebrating Pentecost can pass right past us without much notice, yet how different the world would be if Pentecost had never happened. Acts 2 tells of the remarkable event of the giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  Chapters 3 and 4 describe the empowerment of the apostles when the Holy Spirit is given.  Such power is available to the church today.

Serving Him together, Rev. Les Wicker, pastor
The Story of Pentecost

The Day of Pentecost marked a turning point in the early Christian church. Pentecost, a Jewish feast, was celebrated 50 days after Passover, and pilgrims had come to Jerusalem from all over the world to celebrate the event.

The 12 apostles were gathered together in a house when a terrific wind came from heaven and filled the place. They saw tongues that looked like fire, that separated and came down on each of them.

Immediately the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, who caused them to speak in tongues. The crowds of visitors were astonished because every pilgrim heard the apostles speaking to him or her in their own foreign language! Some accused the apostles of being drunk.

The Apostle Peter stood and addressed them, saying they were not drunk. It was only nine o'clock in the morning. Then, empowered by the Holy Spirit, Peter preached boldly to them, explaining about Jesus Christ and God's plan of salvation.
Special Music for the Service on Sunday will be presented by the Joan Stewart Strings.  These are talented young people who bring the very best in string music.  Come early to hear the Gathering Music.
The Lord's Supper will be celebrated.  Jesus said, "As oft as you eat of this bread and drink of this cup, you do so in remembrance of me."
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