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On this Pentecost Sunday we will celebrate the Spirit that enlivens the church and enables disciples. The Scripture readings from Acts and the Gospel of John make it clear that the Spirit comes from God, and that by it disciples are able to do things they would never otherwise have done.
During the service we will affirm the call of lay leaders who serve our congregation. The Hawaii Island Association will also formally install the Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Kehaunani Hill as our designated term pastor and teacher. Kahu Nani, Hokuloa Church, and the Hawaii Island Association will covenant to work together in mutual ministry.
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The descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples at Pentecost has traditionally been understood as the birth of the Christian church. It marked a turning point in the history of the revelation of Jesus as the Christ – as the Anointed one promised in the Scriptures of the Jews. The event, as recorded by the author of Luke-Acts, occurred on the “day of Pentecost,” one of the three, annual agriculture festivals in the Jewish liturgical year (the others being the Festival of Unleavened Bread and the Festival of Ingathering). Pentecost, meaning “fifty” fell 50 days after Passover and was also known as the Festival of Weeks. The disciples were “all together in one place,” repeating an emphasis found in Acts on the unity of the early church. A sound “like the rush of a violent wind” and “divided tongues, as of fire” were the physical manifestations of the Spiritʻs presence. With this announcement of its presence, the Holy Spirit filled everyone in the house who began to speak in other languages, “as the Spirit gave them ability.” The outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost signals Godʻs intention “to recover the world from its sin” by making the Spirit accessible to all people around the world through faith in Jesus Christ.
Read the Revised Common Lectionary readings for this Sunday, May 28 , 2023
Numbers 11:24–30 Ecstasy in the wilderness
Psalm 104:24–34, 35b Forming Leviathan for sport
Acts 2:1–21 Passion and power
John 20:19–23 The breath of Christ
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Hokuloa UCC will mark the end of the Easter season with a special worship service on Pentecost Sunday, May 28th. The purpose of Pentecost is to remind every Christian that even though Christ died for our sins and that by baptism we accept the forgiveness of our sins, there is something else each one of us needs to do. We need to receive the Holy Spirit so we can do the work of discipleship that awaits each one of us.
The worship service will include a liturgy to Affirm Lay Leaders of the congregation and to Install Kahu Nani as our Pastor and Teacher. Installation is the action of an association of the United Church of Christ in cooperation of the local church. Hokuloa United Church of Christ has declared that, having gathered under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it has called Rev. Dr. Kehaunani Hill to minister, to the body of Christ, in this place as designated term pastor and that it now receives her as appointed by God for this ministry. The Hawaii Island Association of the United Church of Christ has declared that she has met all the necessary conditions for installation to this office.
Hokuloa will also receive the Strengthen the Church special offering on May 28th. This is our opportunity to pay forward the assistance that Hokuloa received from the greater UCC when we were re-established as a mission church in the 1990s.
Hokuloa will receive the Strengthen the Church offering on May 28th. This is one of the five special UCC mission offerings each year.