Pentecost Sunday is coming soon.
Did you even know?
If you are Pentecostal, probably not. Yet, I have heard some Pentecostals complain when their pastor hasn’t mentioned Pentecost on Pentecost Sunday. Is this a problem?
Most Pentecostal churches I know aren’t liturgical. The closest they come to following the liturgical calendar is celebrating Christmas and Easter. They might also remember Palm Sunday.
On the one hand, non-liturgical churches shouldn’t be expected recognize Pentecost Sunday whenever it falls on the liturgical calendar. Therefore, Pentecostal pastors shouldn’t feel guilty if they don’t preach on the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. Likewise, pastors who do shouldn’t judge those who don’t.
On the other hand, Pentecostal churches should expect to hear some preaching about the Holy Spirit at some point during the year. Unfortunately, the statistics say that many Pentecostal churches have not. If they don’t, are they really Pentecostal? This, I think, is the bigger issue.
My own Pentecostal denomination is encouraging pastors to preach about the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. Should the pastors oblige? If they haven’t recently preached a sermon or series on the Holy Spirit, I say: why not?
Question: Does your church celebrate Pentecost Sunday? Do you think they should?