Having just celebrated Easter 2019 I would like to call your attention to Pentecost Sunday. Historically Pentecost is celebrated approximately fifty days after Easter and was a holiday focusing on harvest. For the Christian Pentecost is founded upon the death and resurrection of Jesus. It was a risen, living savior who commanded His followers to go to Jerusalem and to wait for the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, the Living Savior commissioned His followers to win the Harvest of this world through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is given to the believer to witness (Acts 1:8). Yes, every believer who is baptized in the Holy Spirit has power residing in his/her life to witness of Jesus and His saving grace to the hurting and the lost.

Pentecost Sunday, 2019 is June 9th. I am asking you to reflect upon Pentecost and the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. Open your altars up for believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues. The Church of God is America’s oldest Pentecostal denomination; however, the Pentecostal experience must be more than ah historical fact. It must be a present reality. Please celebrate Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019. While the calendar doesn’t always dictate what we preach, it is a tool to remind us of the holy days for Christians of which Pentecost Sunday is one.

An Episcopal minister once told me that red is the color of Pentecost; this Episcopal minister knew I was Pentecostal. I appreciated her telling me the color of Pentecost. Red- may it remind us that our Spirit baptism is one of fire! The fire attracts. The fire purifies. The fire is bold. May God give us the harvest that the power of the Holy Spirit enables us to witness to.