Pentecost, the seventh Sunday after Easter, is a Christian holy day commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament.
It is also known as Whitsunday. On the 50th day after Easter the apostles received the “gift of tongues” – the ability to speak in other languages – and immediately began to preach about Jesus to Jewish people from all over the world who flocked to Jerusalem for the Feast of Shavuot.
According to church tradition, Pentecost is always 50 days after Easter, including Easter Day. Whitsunday is observed on a different date in some Orthodox churches.
The congregation of Greenforest Community Baptist Church will mark Pentecost Sunday and the Global Day of Prayer on May 23.
Members are encouraged to wear red to signify and honor the presence of the Holy Spirit at the 7:45 and 10:45 a.m. services.
Greenforest is at 3250 Rainbow Drive in Decatur. For more information, call 404-486-1120.
Rainbow Park Baptist Church also asks its members and visitors to wear red on Pentecost Sunday to its services.
Minister Bonita Tharpe of New Piney Grove Baptist Church in Macon will speak at the 8:15 a.m. service and Minister Kalaya Dollison will speak at the 11 a.m. service.
Evangelist Julia Russell of Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Rome will be the featured speaker at 9:45 a.m. for Women’s Corporate Sunday School as the church continues its observance of Women’s Day as well.
Rainbow Park is at 2941 Columbia Drive in Decatur. For more information, call 404-288-1910 or visit www.rainbowparkbaptist.org
Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Stone Mountain observes Pentecost Sunday at its 11 a.m. service.
At 5:30 p.m., it holds its Spring Jazz Vespers, performed by jazz pianist Gary Motley and vocalist Veronica Motley and other artists.
Gary Motley is a lecturer and director of Jazz Studies in the Music Department at Emory University.
Rock of Ages is at 5135 Memorial Drive.
For more information, call 404-292-7888 or visit www.rock-of-ages-lutheran-church.org.