What is the origin of Pentecost?

Pentecost comes on the 50th day after Easter. Knowing Greek root words can help you to parse out the ‘pente’!  Like many Christian holidays, its roots are in another tradition, in this case, the festival of Shavuot occurred 50 days after the sheaf offering that occurred during the Passover.  Even for Jewish people the holiday had evolved to be a celebration of the giving of the law.  Now we celebrate it as the birthday of the church, but that doesn’t fully capture what it can mean to us today.  The Spirit continues to move, and we are moved by and with it.  Maybe we could go back to the idea of it being a day of offering, offering ourselves to the continued movement and work of the Holy Spirit. – Pastor Trudy Stoffel