Pentecost Assembly/All Age Talk 2012


I don't know if you have been watching the Olympic torch being carried round the country?

Show torch.

( I ordered one of these & it arrived next day, by first class post )


25th May ( assembly )

From the riverside city of Worcester, through the Malverns into Wales before ending the day in Cardiff.


27th May - Pentecost Sunday

The torch sets out from Swansea, visits the ferry town of Fishguard before ending in Aberystwyth,

On 8th July the torch will be travelling through Stevenage.


This coming Sunday is ? Pentecost or Whit Sunday.

It is the birthday of the church. The church was born on Pentecost when God came to live within his people by His Spirit.


Acts2. 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit


The Spirit came with the sound of a rushing wind and looked like tongues of fire.


8,000 people will carry the Olympic flame

3,000 were inflamed with the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, soon there were 5,000 people in the church.


At the ceremony in Greece this year the wind blew the fire out. Last Monday the torch fire went out because of a problem with the burner.


The fire burns within Christians. Fire is powerful, and the Holy Spirit gives Chistians the power to live for God.


Fire can be used to purify things, to burn away rubbish. The Holy Spirit makes Christians more pure, burning the rubbish away in their lives.


The fire can be passed on, like the Olympic Torch. The Holy Spirit can spread from person to person. Unlike the Olympic torch, you don't need to be a famous or an outstanding person. Anyone can come to God and, once the fire is lit, it will never, ever go out. Even death cannot put it out.


I had to blow up my torch. It is filled with my breath so it could be what it was meant to be. Followers of Jesus are filled with the breath of God so they can be what God wants them to be and do what He wants them to do. To live for Him and tell others about Him, so the fire will spread.