Letter to the Congregation: Pentecost Weekend

Dear faithful people of Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church:

Pentecost is on June 5, 2022, and it is a long-standing Christ the King Church tradition to read the story of Pentecost, (Acts 2 attached) “in various tongues.” With this letter, I am inviting all those who read or speak a language besides English to help us continue this tradition. You can read at either the 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. service. If you have never thought of sharing your gift with languages in this way or are concerned about speaking publicly in front of the congregation, please be assured that you will not be in front of the congregation but will stand and read from your seat; and at least a dozen other people will be standing with you and speaking in other languages at the same time. This enables everyone who wishes to participate to comfortably participate.

Linked below is the relevant portion of the Acts Reading in English, with the assigned portions of the text in the languages we have them in. If you read in a language not listed below, please bring your own copy of the text in that language and do so. More languages are better!  Either way, please stand and begin reading when the reader in the pulpit reaches the indicated verse in the reading from Acts 2:

  • Verse 5 Spanish
  • Verse 6 German
  • Verse 7 French, Swedish
  • Verse 8 Russian, Italian, Latin, Czech
  • Verse 9 Greek, Japanese, Chinese

If your language isn’t included above, come in on verse 7 or later as you please. Read through verse 11. Please remain standing, even after you finish reading, until the last language-other-than-English reader has stopped, and then sit down simultaneously with all the others as the reader in the pulpit continues to the conclusion of the text.

On Pentecost, it has been our tradition to dress casually and wear red. Please share that information with any guests you might wish to bring. If you know others who read a language other than English, please share this letter with them and invite them to read.

Pentecost weekend begins on Saturday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rice Village campus with Bach Vespers for Pentecost.  This event will feature our Bach Choir and Players presenting Bach’s great Reformation Cantata BWV 80, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, as we commemorate the birth of the church. A festive reception will follow – with a birthday surprise! These vespers replace the 6:00 p.m. Contemplative Service.

Pentecost is a BIG day, this year in particular. At 11:00 a.m., we will be receiving new members. At the picnic immediately following, we will celebrate our Congregational Nurse Linda Schoene’s 50 years of nursing care, her 21 years of service to our congregation, and her retirement as well.

This will be a wonderful weekend! I look forward to seeing us together.  

Peace and Joy – and Courage,

Amandus J. Derr
Interim Senior Pastor

Pentecost Readings – All Languages Digital Download