Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Greetings in the Name of our Crucified, Risen, and Ascended Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
Today, Saturday, May 30, 2020 is Pentecost Eve. This is the first day of four where the church observes the sending of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Pentecost is the final Sunday of the Easter season. The paraments color is red, representing fire and blood. Red recalls both the tongues of fire received on the first Pentecost and the martyrs who shed their blood for the faith. I pray that you find this message beneficial in your devotions this day.
Our focus for this day is that our Lord makes us His people and seals us with His Spirit. The Verse for Pentecost Eve, Pentecost, Pentecost Monday, and Pentecost Tuesday is – “Alleluia. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia.” It is a “liturgical” verse that is not based upon any one verse in scripture.
Old Testament: Exodus 19:1-9
Psalm: Psalm 113 (antiphon v. 3)
Epistle: Romans 8:12-17 [22-27]
Gospel: John 14:8-21
Collect of the Day:
Almighty and ever-living God, You fulfilled Your promise by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to unite disciples of all nations in the cross and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. By the preaching of the Gospel spread this gift to the ends of the earth; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Pastor Jim Tuell
Immanuel Lutheran Church