When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. ACTS 2:1–4
Most of you know that Anglicans love to worship using different colors throughout the Church year. So we dress the communion table and clergy don stoles and vestments that express the liturgical mood, attitude, or color of the season. For instance, purple is used during Advent and Lent, white during Christmas and Easter, and green during summer and fall (what’s called ordinary/growth time).
This week is Pentecost Sunday, a celebration in which the table and clergy dress in red. Red symbolizes the presence of God, that he is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:9). For this reason, it is used at Pentecost to represent the mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire that rested on those first believers when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to baptize and empower the Church for life, ministry, and mission (Acts 2:1–4). Red is an important color, and along with green, is my favorite color.
With that said, I invite you to don something red and worship with us Sunday as we celebrate Pentecost. Come with heart and mind ready to worship the Lord who not only fills us with his Holy Spirit, but whose Holy Spirit gifts us to serve Christ, his Church, and the world!