The word “Pentecost” derives from the Greek “pentekoste”, which is a reference to the “fiftieth” day. The feast of Pentecost is thus calculated as being the fiftieth day after Easter.
On the fiftieth day after Easter, the time had finally come: the Holy Spirit, whom the resurrected Jesus Christ had promised to send, came to the earth. The second chapter of Acts relates the following about these events: “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
For the New Apostolic Christian Pentecost is celebrated in remembrance of the day of God's outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the believing apostles. The New Apostolic Church also recognizes this event as the time from which the church started its work, and that it was the moment of the birth of the church of Christ. To this day it is the belief that the Holy Spirit is the animating force of the true church of Christ.
On 22 May 1988 it was the first Pentecost divine service conducted by Chief Apostle Richard Fehr in Fellbach, Germany. A few days prior to the service, Chief Apostle Hans Urwyler had ordained his successor as Chief Apostle. All District Apostles, several District Apostle Helpers and Apostles from overseas, as well as all Apostles from Europe - a total of 58 Apostles - were present for the occasion. The divine service was transmitted into 921 congregations by postal cable.
Since this time the Pentecost service has become an event during which a special message, significant announcements and important acts occur.
On Pentecost Sunday 15 May 2005 the divine service once again took place in Fellbach, Germany. In this last service conducted by Chief Apostle Fehr he ordained his successor Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber who then proceeded to place him into well-deserved retirement. Some two million souls in more than 70 countries were able to take part in this event by satellite transmission.
This year’s Pentecost service will take place in Cologne on 27 May 2012 and during this service Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber plans to appoint District Apostle Jean-Luc Scneider as Chief Apostle Helper.
Broadcast from Cologne: Pentecost Service on 27 May 2012
• Transmission opens at 09:30 with an announcement from the altar followed by an insert.
• The divine service commences at 10:00 with English translation from the altar.
• The divine service concludes at approximately 12:00.
• The members in the connected congregations will wait for the invitation to celebrate Holy Communion from Cologne before coming forward.
• The hymns for the Pentecost divine service will be sung from the New English hymnal.