Pentecost was a pretty exciting day. It started with the continued anticipation of the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Then there was the sound of the rushing of a violent wind. Then the tongues of fire appeared.
The Holy Spirit had arrived! And he gave them to ability to speak in other languages.
That’s a big day. Of course, the arrival of the Holy Spirit is what made everything else special. Without the Holy Spirit, it would have just been a bunch of guys sitting in a room waiting for something. The sound of the wind would have been interesting, but not remarkable. Even the tongues of fire—they would have been a fascinating sight, but, without the Holy Spirit, just weird. Can you imagine having a meaningless tongue of fire on your head? How long until you want it to go out? Speaking in other languages would still have been a big deal. But, if you don’t have anything important to say, one language is plenty.
It was the arrival of the Holy Spirit that gave meaning to everything that happened that day.
It still is. He arrives in baptism to give faith and salvation (Acts 2:38-39; 1 Peter 3:21; Titus 3:5). He arrives whenever the Gospel is proclaimed (Romans 15:14; Ephesians 1:13). He arrives to save us (2 Timothy 3:15), change us (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14), equip us (Romans 12:6-8), and give us something to say (Romans 8:16).
That’s why I’m excited for church this Sunday—and Monday—and next week—and every week!
It’s pretty exciting whenever the Holy Spirit arrives. The Holy Spirit is coming. Let’s worship him.
Psalm 150:1–2 (EHV)
1Praise the LORD.
Praise God in his sanctuary.
Praise him in the expanse that shows his might.
2Praise him for his acts of power.
Praise him according to his abundant greatness.
God bless you,
God has opened the doors of His Sanctuary! Have you signed up for worship yet? Our first Worship will be on May 31. Service times – 8am, 10am, and 1pm, and Monday at 6pm. With social distancing, we can have at least 60 people in the sanctuary at the same time if we include the balcony.
Click here to sign up for one of the services, or you can respond to this email or call Pastor or call the church office to let us know which service you prefer. Pastor and Lynn will also be calling people to sign up.
Thank you to everybody who has already signed up!
It’s a good time to think about our ongoing worship life. We have 111 signed up for this coming weekend. Now we can start to sign up for June 7/8. We’ll be offering! Sign up here: https://trinitymarinette.com/events/communion-worship-service/
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran School Graduation/Closing Service is on May 28 at 6:00pm. The service will be held in church. We’re limiting the service to immediate family. But you can watch the closing service when we post it online. It will include the distribution of diplomas, a message from the Pastor and the Principal and a couple of songs by the faculty! We’ll send you the link when it’s up!
If you’d like to give a letter of congratulations to our graduates, you can bring it to the school or church, or you can mail to the school at 1216 Colfax. They’re moving on to a new stage of life. Let’s encourage them to be active in God’s kingdom!
June 14 at 11:00 a.m.
In the sanctuary
We’ll observe social distancing
If you know of someone who would like the service on DVD or the audio on CD, please let us know.
If you would like to support the Lord’s work at Trinity, you may contribute at trinitymarinette.com/contribute or you can mail it to
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
1501 Thomas St.
Marinette, WI 54143