When the day of Pentecost came, they (the disciples) were all together in one place.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.
What began as a Jewish holiday marking the 50
day after Passover, became, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Christian Church. What a joyous and dramatic birth! On this day we also celebrate another birthday – the birthday of Highland Presbyterian Church. On the Day of Pentecost, May 22, 1983, Highland Presbyterian Church was commissioned by the Presbytery of South Louisiana, and Rev. Lee Nichols was installed as Pastor. We have been “Connecting our Com-munity with Christ” for 35 years! Let us mark this milestone in the same joyous and dramatic manner (with a touch of bewilderment) as they did when the very first church came into being.