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Pentecost Sunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter, is one of the greatest mission festivals of the Christian year.  Pentecost is also linked to baptism and rebirth in Christ. In many congregations, individuals confess their faith and join the church on Pentecost.

Methodism's founders, John and Charles Wesley, published a small collection of Pentecost poems and hymns that celebrated God's presence and love.1  "United Methodists, heirs of the Wesleyan witness and zeal, are today servants of God's Spirit in expanding God's love around the earth. . . . as we celebrate the birthday of the Church, as we remember our baptisms, and as we rejoice in the presence of God through the Holy Spirit, let us also commit ourselves to become stronger mission witnesses to God's new-created world of grace and love."2

Mission Resources for Pentecost

Pentecost: The Church Empowered for Mission

May 25, 2007
by Jorge Domingues
After his resurrection, Jesus asked his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for God's promise and said, "When the Holy Spirit empowers you, you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). His promise was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. Read more ...
Source: GBGM Administration

Missionary Minute: Day of Pentecost June 4, 2006

May 30, 2006
by Fran Lynch
"Miss Margaret" is a mean old woman. She has few friends, and when I spend time with her, she always tries to pay me. I tell her I don't need to be paid, and I joke that I am earning stars for my crown. Read more ...
Source: Advance

The Pentecost Spirit

May 13, 2005
by Nilda Ferrari
Studies indicate that by 2010, 58 annual conferences of The United Methodist Church will each have 100,000 Hispanic/Latino members, and 16 additional annual conferences will have more than 500,000 Hispanic/Latino people in their midst. Read more ...
Source: GBGM Administration

Pentecost 2004: To New-Create a World of Grace

May 26, 2004
by Rev. R. Randy Day, General Secretary
John and Charles Wesley, in the year 1746, published a small collection of Pentecost poems and hymns celebrating the promise of God's constant presence and love.* Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, is the birthday of the Christian Church, marking the coming of the Holy Spirit to early followers of Christ in Jerusalem. The Wesley brothers wanted the young Methodist Society fully and firmly to believe in the steadfast living power of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. Read more ...
Source: GBGM Administration

Let God's Spirit!

June 11, 2003
by Rev Thomas Shanklin
On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the birth of the church, but more importantly, the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the day the disciples got their "marching orders."  Read more ...
Source: United Methodist Churches

Pentecost with the Children

June 9, 2003
by Sally Carey
Attending my childhood church home (Christ Church, UMC) on Pentecost Sunday was a gift to my soul. The church is a 'downtown' church in the center of Glens Falls, a small northern New York city. It is a blessing to be in this nurturing church community as an adult. There are many reminders of my younger days.  Read more ...
Source: United Methodist Churches


1 John and Charles Wesley, Hymns of Petition and Thanksgiving for the Promise of the Father (1746).
2 The Rev. R. Randy Day,  General Secretary, General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church,  Pentecost 2004: To New-Create a World of Grace

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