Elizabeth Adkisson tells the Pentecost story (Acts 2:1-21)
You can also listen to the Pentecost narrative on Story Divine (though nobody tells it like Elizabeth). What follows are story learning and telling prompts meant for all ages.
Pentecost: The word “pentecost” comes from a Greek word which means “fifty.” Pentecost is the fiftieth day–its tradition began in Judaism as a celebration of the fiftieth day after Passover. For Christians, it is the fiftieth day after Easter and celebrates the beginning of the church.
People were gathered from far and wide on the day of Pentecost. Check out this map–it shows you how far people traveled to worship in Jerusalem on that day! I wonder what it must have been like to be gathered in a room with people from so many different places, speaking so many different languages…
Can you PICTURE that?
Take a plain piece of paper and fold it into quarters. Unfold. Using the sections draw each of the following to tell the first part of the story:
1. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Using only your picture, tell the first part of the story to someone else!
Imagine what it would have been like to be gathered with people who spoke so many different languages–to be in a room with a bunch of people you couldn’t understand for worship.
1. What might it have felt like to suddenly understand one another?
2. Sometimes it is hard to understand even when we speak the same language! Is there anything you have a hard time understanding during worship?
3. Tell a story about a time you finally understood something.
Get ready forStory Divine–the latest ministry from Faith and Wonder! Though the official launch of the podcast and website are a few weeks away, I wanted to give you a sneak preview. Each week will feature a biblical story (taken from the upcoming lectionary* readings for the following Sunday), as well as some reflections and personal storytelling prompts.
The site is being tweaked, intro music is being created, and I am getting excited!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls…
EPISODE 1: Vision Problems
1 Samuel 3:1-20
*Don’t know what the lectionary is? You’re not alone! Here is info from the Vanderbuilt Divinity Library site:
The Revised Common Lectionary is a three-year cycle of weekly lections used to varying degrees by the vast majority of mainline Protestant churches in Canada and the United States. The RCL is built around the seasons of the Church Year, and includes four lections for each Sunday, as well as additional readings for major feast days. During most of the year, the lections are: a reading from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, a reading from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading. During the season of Easter, the Hebrew Bible lection is usually replaced with one from the Acts of the Apostles. The lections from the Hebrew Bible are sometimes chosen from the Apocrypha.
The seasons of the Church Year reflect the life of Christ. Consequently, the gospel lections for each Sunday provide the focus for that day. The other lections for a given day generally have a thematic relationship to the gospel reading for that day, although this is not always the case. In Ordinary Time, the Revised Common Lectionary offers two sets of readings for the lessons from the Hebrew Bible. One set proceeds semicontinuouly, giving the story of the Patriarchs and the Exodus in Year A, the monarchial narratives in Year B, and readings from the Prophets in Year C. In the other set of readings for Ordinary Time (shown in italics on this site) the readings from the Hebrew Bible are thematically related to the gospel lections. Denominations or local churches generally use either the semicontinuous readings or the thematic readings during Ordinary Time. They do not typically move back and forth between the two over the course of a single season.
The gospel readings for each year come from one of the synoptic gospels according to the following pattern:
Year A – Matthew
Year B – Mark
Year C – Luke
Readings from the Gospel of John can be found throughout the RCL.
I submit to you my first attempt at podcast storytelling–also to be released on iTunes in not too many days (hopefully). Part of Advent on Faith and Wonder will feature storytelling podcasts based on the stories of the Jesse Tree (with some adjustments). I am so excited for this new chapter. This particular story was chosen to accompany the retreat I am co-leading at Montreat not too long from now.