Sunday May 27th is Pentecost. This is the day when we celebrate:.
- The coming of the Holy Spirit and the infilling of Jesus’ disciples with the power to go out and change the world
- The great multi cultural gathering that we catch a glimpse of as we watch the spirit fall and suddenly everyone is able to understand each other – not all speaking the same language but able to understand each other in their own languages. Acts 2:11.
- Pentecost is traditionally the time that many churches pray for the peace of our world in which at times there seems to be so little cross cultural understanding.
Each year I like to add to my resource list from the previous years so that this becomes a rich array of helpful suggests for everyone. So what kinds of resources do we need? First I think we need to provide our congregations with resources that help them to see Jesus from other cultural perspectives. In a visual society like ours art is one very powerful way to do this. Liturgy is another powerful tool because as we read the words aloud they resonate deep within our souls and take root.
Matt Stone at Glocal Christianity still has the best collection of art from different cultural contexts – not just European, Asian, African, South American, Middle Eastern, Australian and Celtic but also other more unusual perspectives – goth, alien, feminist and tattoo. We may not agree with all these perspectives – after all how many of us can relate to Jesus as a Cyclon – but it important for us to see the different ways that people perceive if we want to “understand them in their own language”.
The Text This Week has one of the best online collections of links to Christian art I have come across – all indexed according to Biblical/liturgical subjects. They also provide an interesting list of movie clips that correspond to biblically related themes as well as a rich array of other resources on Pentecost
Another great collection of pentecost art is available at Biblical Art on the WWW
In terms of Pentecost liturgies there are endless possibilities out there so please don’t expect this to be a comprehensive list. My own liturgies from past years are
Others that I have enjoyed browsing this year are:
The Worship Well with great resources mainly from Australia & New Zealand
re:Worship has a very rich array of resources available – make sure you take time to follow the links provided to songs, liturgies and videos.
If you are looking for alternative approaches to worship for this season I would heartily recommend Jonny Baker’s worship tricks