“When the day of Pentecost came, they 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.” Acts 2:1-4 NIV
I love Pentecost – people wear red and actually come to church! There is an excitement that seems to pour forth from the very first Pentecost. The energy and excitement are contagious. The church is decorated with red, all the songs speak of the Holy Spirit and the Pastor is ready to give a sermon that will energize and inspire their congregation to go forth into the world.
It is so much fun to design the church screens for this service – red is definitely the theme. Flames light up the screens and the lyrics are marvelous for creative slides. But there is a danger on Pentecost. The type of flame you select matters as it instantly communicates two very different things.
One flame is empowering. The other evokes fire and brimstone fear and retribution. Be very careful of the flames you use on Pentecost. Avoid flames that are huge – looking like a fire spreading out of control or flames that look too real. Look for flames that empower and delight you. Look for the flame that “seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” Would the Holy Spirit really put a raging fire on a person’s head? Pentecost is a celebration of being empowered and inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Go forth and create great slides. God bless, Lisa