“Empowered by the Spirit” Pastor Stephen Sanders 05-23-21 Part VII of the Sermon Series “Easter People in a Good Friday World”

This Sunday is Pentecost. Pentecost began as a Jewish festival 50 days after Passover. It commemorates the giving of Torah to the Hebrews as they journeyed through the wilderness after slavery in Egypt.

For Christians, Pentecost comes 50 days after Easter. It recalls when God sent the Holy Spirit upon the 1st disciples in Jerusalem. (Read Acts 2:1-21)

The Holy Spirit is a way Christians talk about the very presence of God in our lives. The same God who brought forth Creation is the same God who entered the world in Jesus is the same God who is with us through the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit God is as close to us as the air that fills our lungs. Through the Holy Spirit God moves, stirs, prompts, and inspires us – as individuals and as a Church.

As we move into this next stage of reopening and more of us are comfortable and able to gather in-person, Pentecost serves as a reminder that we are not alone. For the Spirit, the very presence of God moves among us.

Join us this week (in-person or online) as we celebrate Pentecost by:

  • Invoking the Holy Spirit as a young man confirms his faith;
  • Blessing Matt Villegas (our Youth Director) and his wife, Val, as Matt leaves Oak Hill to become a Middle School teacher;
  • Praying for God to send the Holy Spirit upon Oak Hill as we move into the next season of our life;
  • Gathering together after worship to eat, visit, play and laugh with one another.


Pastor Stephen