Pentecost 2012: Divine service for a large congregation on all continents

21.05.2012 By: F. Schuldt

“Filled with the Spirit” is the Pentecost motto 2012 (Image: NAC)

The divine service will take place in the banquet hall of the Hotel Maritim (Photo: Maritim)

Cologne/Zurich. This weekend, more than 1.5 million New Apostolic Christians in over 100 countries on all five continents will experience the Pentecost service via either live or delayed transmission. It will be conducted in Cologne by Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber on 27 May 2012. For the first time ever there will also be a delayed broadcast of his sermon throughout Germany.

All active District Apostles and District Apostle Helpers from around the world will take part in the divine service in Cologne. All the Apostles of Europe have also been invited to Cologne for the occasion of District Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider’s appointment as Chief Apostle Helper. Chief Apostle Leber had already announced this step a number of weeks ago.

Starting at 10:00 AM

The divine service will take place on Sunday, 27 May 2012 in the Saal Maritim in Cologne. The transmission will already begin at 9:30 AM with a short film about the New Apostolic Church of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the divine service will begin at 10:00 AM. A musical program has been prepared for after the service. The music for this divine service will be provided by a specially established youth choir and an orchestra.

The program of the Pentecost weekend includes an Apostle Meeting scheduled for Saturday morning. In the afternoon the guests from Europe and around the world are invited to a musical concert in the New Apostolic Church, Cologne-South. The special preparatory ceremony for the Pentecost service will be put on by the “reger chor köln” under the direction of Wolf-Rüdiger Spieler.

Broadcast on regional television

The divine service from the Saal Maritim will be broadcast at 2:30 PM on Pentecost Sunday by Cologne’s center.tv. Approximately 730,000 households in the regions of Cologne, Bonn, and Leverkusen will be able to receive the program of the regional broadcaster over their cable network. Beyond that, center.tv can also be accessed around the nation through the entertainment package of the telecom company. 

New Apostolic Christians celebrate the feast of Pentecost in commemoration of the day when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the believers by God. In recollection of these events which transpired in Jerusalem, Pentecost is often described as the “birthday of the church of Christ”. It is a feast of joy over the fact that the Holy Spirit still defines the church of Christ today.