Multi-Lingual Pentecost

Multi-Lingual Pentecost practically writes itself doesn’t it. The idea of multiple languages reminding us of a time when the apostles were heard in multiple languages. Seriously it makes me smile just thinking about it. It also makes me smile to think about being on a team of people who are planning something like this. But dreams of other jobs aside, I guess I should fill you guys in.

I got this email the other day:

Two congregations – one Anglo the other SE. Asian meet in the same building but have separate

services because of language.

For Pentecost – Is there a worship service that you could put together to join these folks given

the theme of the church holiday?

Would love to see what you could do with that.

Thanks and have a blessed Thanksgiving.


I have some of my own thoughts about fire and such, but nothing concrete yet. I was wondering what you guys thought. Have any of you done anything like this in the past and have some tips to share? Any of you wonderful creative types want to throw out some good thoughts to get this thing going? Add your ideas to the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Multi-Lingual Pentecost

  • December 6, 2008 at 6:59 AM

    I know this isn’t a whole service, but….

    Last year – we used Acts 2:1-4 and used different versions of the bible NRSV, NIV, The Message, King James Version, Amplified Bible, etc. – so they were all different, but similar. I printed up the scripture and copied them up on red paper and cut into the shape of flames. We handed them out when the congregation entered the sanctuary, (making sure to mix up the different versions) and then we all read them together- it was awesome! All these different words – some lasting longer than others – really gave a sense of what it must have sounded like when the disciples were speaking!

    Couldn’t they do something similiar by alternating the different languages on things that are familiar. I would be interested to see what you come up with!


  • December 8, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    I really like that idea.


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