Pentecost in 2016 happens during the United Methodist Church’s General Conference, on May 15. It is the birthday of the church, a commemoration of the day when the power of the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in that Upper Room with a mighty wind and tongues of fire.
The disciples spoke in many different languages that day and proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ to people from a variety of cultures and lands. The Spirit gave the power for this proclamation to all people. That’s the fire and the wind part.
The Book of First Peter talks about stones. “Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals, yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (2:4-5)