Pentecost for 2020 falls on Sunday 31 May. This is a red-letter day for the Church worldwide.
Why? Because it’s the day on which we celebrate the fact that God fulfilled his promise to send the Holy Spirit upon the disciples (see Acts chapter 2) in order that everyone – whether Jew or Gentile, slave or free, man or woman, saint or sinner – might hear the Good News of Jesus for themselves.
It is also the day when we celebrate God’s presence within us, guiding us and making us more like Jesus by that same Holy Spirit.
It is also the final day of Thy Kingdom Come for 2020, the culmination of all the prayer and activities organised locally, nationally and internationally.
So, there are at least 3 reasons to make 31 May a day of celebration!
In past years I have encouraged everyone to wear red to a service on Pentecost Sunday, which is not possible this year. Of course, in Listen & Pray we will mark Pentecost. Why not therefore simply wear red wherever you are on that day? If anyone asks why, you can tell them any of the reasons given above!
You could also be creative and hold your own celebration lunch or tea physically (according to Government guidelines) or virtually (using zoom, the telephone, etc) on the theme of God’s Holy Spirit? Symbols for the Holy Spirit include a dove or flames of fire as well as the colour red. Can you include these in your celebration somehow (and in the case of the flames of fire, let’s be careful not to be too literal!)? Please note: Guildford diocese is also holding a Pentecost Beacon event online at 6pm on Sunday 31 May – more details will follow as soon as they are available.