May 20 Gathering: Pentecost

Pentecost Letterpress

“Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting [and] they saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” Acts 2:3-4 (NIV)

This Sunday is traditionally celebrated as Pentecost Sunday, coming 50 days after Easter and commemorating the coming of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus following his resurrection and ascension.

Pentecost is often celebrated as the “birthday of the church,” and is a major touchstone in trinitarian theology. But what do we know of the deeper Jewish history of Pentecost, its meanings prior to Christianity, and how those things translate into our faith traditions today?

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll focus on our friend the Holy Spirit as we celebrate Pentecost together! Join us in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm


May 15 Gathering: Pentecost

We talk a lot in Christianity about the Trinity, the three-in-one nature of God that includes Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in some sort of mysterious dynamic interplay. Each is believed to be unique, and yet each is an integral part of the whole of who God is.

There can be little doubt that the least understood of the three persons of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. Just mentioning the words conjures images of charismatic church services where people speak in tongues, run through the aisles, and prostrate themselves uncontrollably.

And yet, our theology tells us that each of us “receives” the Holy Spirit when we choose to trust in Jesus. But what does that mean? Why don’t we all have the same experience as the first Christians who experienced something clearly tangible and identifiable on that first Pentecost recorded in the book of Acts?

How do we know the Spirit is with us? How can we be sure that the Spirit is acting? Is it just a feeling, like a gut instinct that something other than ourselves is in control? Or is it something else altogether?

Join us this Sunday, May 15, at the Marietta Brewing Company as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday together and discuss the work of the Holy Spirit, how we perceive it, and how we can have confidence that God really is at work among us through the third person of the Trinity.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm