Ideas for Pentecost

The articles made available here come from “On The Move,” a publication of “new learning possibilities for churches”, at one time published by The Joint Board of Christian Education of Australia and New Zealand.
Although some ideas and liturgies may appear somewhat “dated” in style, concept, imagery or language, they may nevertheless offer a spring-board for new ideas among people who find themselves leading worship, perhaps in a new context, and with some trepidation.
Reproduced with permission. May be reprinted for use in local congregations only

A family service of celebration of Pentecost – The service is divided into two parts,”Remembering”and “Hoping”.
The Coming of the Holy Spirit – celebrating Pentecost with a play and a ‘party’
Pentecost – extended family Agape – a suggestion for to continuing the celebration in extended family home celebrations throughout the week following Pentecost.
A Pentecost Celebration of Gifts of the Spirit – seven large red candles…
Celebrating Pentecost with All-Age Participative Worship – worship-in-the-round celebrating the giving of the Holy Spirit and its breath, wind, soul, power, change, life, helper, comforter attributes.
Symbols for Pentecost – some suggestions for making symbols to be used in Pentecost celebrations.
The Festival of the God who is here – An order of worship for Pentecost.
Sparklers and a big red rose – Invite everyone to bring to the service something which symbolises the Day of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit and the Gift of Unity – A service of worship that includes all ages together.
All Ages Together at a Pentecost Birthday Party – Pentecost provides a unique opportunity for an exciting intergenerational event to mark a special day in the church calendar.
Luminarias for Pentecost – hundreds of home-made candles placed inside paper bags
A Handful of Pentecost ideas.
Kites for Pentecost – Kites, painted with the symbols of Pentecost – the dove, the wind and the flames of fire; and they flew!
A Litany of Hope – Based on Ezekiel 37:11 RSV: Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.”

One thought on “Ideas for Pentecost

  1. Brad Harris

    Jeff, I have spent some of my retirement looking at the broad sweep of Hellenistic writing and philosophy as experienced by Paul’s contemporaries. For me, lights went on as I pondered the impact of Euripides, eg Alcestis. The idea of the hero, the son of a god, and the heroic deeds the Greeks honoured, made me wonder about the contemporary figures of salvation, Mandela, Schweitzer, Obama, maybe St Teresa or Ghandi. Then I remembered that we have greater minds, greater figures amongst us, alive. In them, do we see God? And experience salvation? Blessings.

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