This Sunday we’ll be observing Pentecost, All Saints, and Memorial Sunday. Only Pentecost shows up on the Church’s liturgical calendar. But this church has the excellent tradition of observing All Saints Sunday on the Sunday before Memorial Day, so we’re combining all three. Pentecost celebrates the beginning of the church when the Holy Spirit fell like tongues of fire on the disciples. As The United Methodist Book of Worship puts it “All Saints … is a day of remembrance for the saints, with the New Testament meaning of all Christian people of every time and place. We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the Church universal and of our local congregations.”
I’ll be preaching on Acts 2.1-21 and John 15.26-27; 16.4b-15 and trying to tie Pentecost and All Saints/Memorial Sunday together. We’ll also be naming the honored dead and recognizing the ministry that has been accomplished through memorial gifts.