To support the City of New York’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to prioritize the health of our fellowship, we are discerning when we will launch the Brooklyn Peace Church.
Our initial plan was that on May 31st, Pentecost Sunday, the Brooklyn Peace Church would hold its first service. The following is why Pentecost is significant to planting a church.
Pentecost is an ancient holiday that has layered meanings. Its earliest origins are associated with a harvest festival. And it is also deeply connected to one of the world’s greatest liberation stories.
The Hebrew people, suffering under the yoke of oppression, cried out to God, and God heard their voice. And it was through a lamb sacrifice that the Hebrew people were delivered. Fifty days (pentecost) later, in the wilderness of Sinai, received the revelation of the Torah (the Law). The Christian tradition continued to develop this story.
More than a thousand years later, Christ, God’s lamb, was crucified. And fifty days after the resurrection, a large gathering of Jews from around the world were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Shavuot/Pentecost. And it was there that the Spirit fell upon the first Christian believers and the church was birthed.
So, we hope to gather on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020, to honor the ancient story and to witness the birth of the Brooklyn Peace Church. All are welcome. Service starts at 10:30 AM.