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Here at the church we are preparing to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on May 24, so I want to share some thoughts and insights on what Pentecost means for Christians, and invite you to join us for our service.
CELEBRATING THE FEAST OF PENTECOST
On Sunday, May 24, Christians across the world will celebrate Pentecost. In fact, not all Christians recognize this holiday (holy day). But it is generally honored in liturgical churches (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, etc.), in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches, and in many other Protestant churches as well. Pentecost is not as well-known or as popular as the Christmas and Easter, though it commemorates a watershed event in Christian history. It many ways, Pentecost is the birthday of the church.
WHAT DOES THE WORD "PENTECOST" MEAN?
The English word “Pentecost” is a transliteration of the Greek word pentekostos, which means “fifty.” It comes from the ancient Christian expression pentekoste hemera, which means “fiftieth day.”
But Christians did not invent the phrase “fiftieth day.” Rather, they borrowed it from Greek-speaking Jews who used the phrase to refer to a Jewish holiday. This holiday was known as the Festival of Weeks, or, more simply, Weeks (Shavuot in Hebrew). This name comes from an expression in Leviticus 23:16, which instructs people to count seven weeks or “fifty days” from the end of Passover to the beginning of the next holiday Shavuot was the second great feast in Israel’s yearly cycle of holy days. It was originally a harvest festival (Exod 23:16), but, in time, turned into a day to commemorate the giving of the law on Mt. Sinai. This day became especially significant for Christians because, seven weeks after the resurrection of Jesus, during the Jewish celebration of Shavuot/Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon his first followers, thus empowering them for their mission and gathering them together as a church.
WHAT IS PENTECOST?
For Christians, Pentecost is a holiday on which we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus. Before the events of the first Pentecost, which came a few weeks after Jesus’ death and resurrection, there were followers of Jesus, but no movement that could be meaningfully called “the church.” Thus, from an historical point of view, Pentecost is the day on which the church was started. This is also true from a spiritual perspective, since the Spirit brings the church into existence and enlivens it. Thus Pentecost is the church’s birthday.
After moving many times over the past several years, my husband and I ended up in a lot of different churches. Some pretty nice and some leaving things to be desired as some churches go. A number of years ago we found our way to Sun Lakes UCC.
We found this church to be more than just warming, but such a wonderful place for worship. After visiting a few times, we decided to join. It was easy to become involved in the many activities and also taking part in the running of this church. We felt so welcome and soon realized this is where we belonged.
It is my pleasure to be Moderator for the years 2014 and 2015. There are many changes being made to adjust to more modern times. Of course like many other places of worship, we have challenges, but with the help of the Lord and these wonderful people, we always seem to handle them.
When you enter the doors of Sun Lakes United Church, you will feel the presence of God, and know that wherever you are on life’s journey you are most welcomed here. We are now very proud to be able to say we have just passed to become and Open and Affirming Church.
WORSHIP WITH US ON SUNDAYS
SUN LAKES CHAPEL
9240 SUN LAKES BLVD.
SUN LAKES, AZ
Coffee Time Fellowship
Fellowship is held each Sunday immediately following worship in the Navajo Room at the Sun Lakes Club House, across from the Chapel. This gives the congregation an opportunity to visit and socialize with other church family members.
Coffee, lemonade, water, and finger foods are available for enjoyment of those attending. Any birthdays, anniversaries, or special occasions are recognized during Fellowship time.
This is a function of the Social Committee. They also provide fellowship for memorial services and have church dinners twice a year and assist with other church functions.
Join your friends and make new ones.
Beautiful bouquets of flowers accentuate our church service each Sunday. Members of the congregation pick the date they would like to honor or commemorate someone. They purchase the bouquet and it is delivered to the church on Sunday morning.
If interested in ordering flowers, please contact Rosann Hiles at (480) 895-2116.
Sun Lakes United Church of Christ is a Christ centered congregation, welcoming all, wherever you are on life’s journey; for the purpose of growing in faith through worship, music, study, service, and fellowship.
We declare that the Sun Lakes United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming Congregation.
We, the Members and Friends of SLUCC are committed to the struggle for justice, love and inclusiveness for
All People with the example of the love of God & Jesus as our guide. We are committed to extend an extravagant welcome to each and every person we meet or who comes to our Church regardless of national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental situation, economic or marital status.
We are inclusive in our invitation to participate in the ministry of the Sun Lakes United Church of Christ community of faith.
We encourage all members to actively share their friendship, talents, gifts and energy in the liturgy, life, employment and leadership of Sun Lakes United Church of Christ. All are invited to participate in the full life of the Church including the sacraments of baptism and communion and ceremonies of marriage or covenant.