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Scripture Reading for Pentecost Sunday | May 19, 2024

Acts 2:1-21

2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in their own native language. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs— we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “ What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

14 Then Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, “People of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only nine o’clock in the morning; 16 but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions,

and your old men shall dream dreams;

18 yes, and on my menservants and my maidservants in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.

19 And I will show wonders in the heaven above

and signs on the earth beneath,

blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;

20 the sun shall be turned into darkness

and the moon into blood,

before the day of the Lord comes,

the great and glorious day.

21 And it shall be that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

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