Sermon for Pentecost, May 27, 2012
By the Rev. Kate Ekrem
Can any of you young people, I’m just asking people under 12 here, tell me what is the birthday of our country? (After some hesitation, several children said “the 4th of July” including our 4 year old baptismal candidate). Can any of you tell me what is the birthday of the church? (One child guessed Christmas.) It’s actually today, The Feast of Pentecost.
When I was a kid my dad always made me read the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, it’s often printed in newspapers that day for that very purpose, and here on Patriot’s Day we re-enact the events that began our country. We do that because it’s so important that our children understand, that we understand, what our values are, what our forbears fought for and died for.
That’s the same reason we re-enact Pentecost today.