St. Paul's Evangelical
Lutheran
 Church 

330 Highland Drive
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

Church Office: 708-754-4493

We go forward in Witness, Mercy, Life Together.


 
 
Sunday Worship Service
10:00 a.m.
 
 Sunday Adult Fellowship/Bible Study  
9:00 a.m.

Sunday School
 9:00 a.m.
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
All Worship Services and
church activities have been
SUSPENDED
due to the threat of the
Coronavirus.
Watch this space for
news of resumption
of activities.
 
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 recording of the
worship service for
Pentecost Sunday 
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recordings
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Message from the Pastor

pastor_croonSt. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church
Pastor’s Column

“Everyone Engaging the Entire
Community for Christ"

 

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from Heaven a sound like a might rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2: 1 – 4 ESV)

 

Sunday we will be celebrating the Feast of Pentecost. The above verses from Acts tell of that first “Pentecost,” as we Christians celebrate it. However, the Feast of Pentecost had long been observed by the Hebrews as a feast on the fiftieth day after the Sabbath of Passover. What made this “Pentecost” so special in the account from Acts is the power of the Holy Spirit filling the rooms, and how it filled the chosen of Jesus with such power! The faithful of God’s chosen people had gathered from near and far (North Africa, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Greece and Crete!) in Jerusalem to celebrate this special feast. What they heard coming from this one house was incredible: Christ’s disciples, being filled with the Holy Spirit, were proclaiming the glory of God in the dialects that all those who had gathered could hear in their own tongue. How could this be, when the men proclaiming the joy of God’s word were Galilean? It was the power of the Spirit of God that gave them that ability: they were filled with the Holy Spirit!

It’s an incredible account for us to read above: rushing wind, tongues of fire resting on each of the disciples, and their speaking in dialects unknown to them but known to the recipients outside the house who had gathered to hear their words.

As we near Pentecost Sunday, I pray that you acknowledge with joy and thanksgiving that you have been filled with that same Spirit, the Spirit of God, through your baptism into the “one true faith.”

At your baptism in the Name of the Triune God, a visible flame did not rest upon you, nor were you able to proclaim the glory of God in a foreign dialect that you had no previous knowledge of! However, brothers and sisters in Christ, you have not been sold short on the power of the Holy Spirit! We rejoice that through our baptism we are alive in the Spirit of God, His Spirit filling us with all the power and strength that it did those on that Pentecost Day in Jerusalem long ago! In these challenging days, it is a joy to know that we can call upon the Holy Spirit to strengthen us, to keep us strong in our faith, and to give us the words to proclaim to those so longing and needing to hear the Word of God!

On Pentecost Sunday, and each day, celebrate your baptism! Go forward now, without hesitation, and with confidence call upon the Holy Spirit to strengthen you and sustain you as you go forward in His Name! Amen and Amen!

Pastor Croon