Well, maybe. Just a little.
Pentecostals are part of a renewal movement within Christianity that places special emphasis on a direct personal experience of God through the baptism with the Holy Spirit. Pentecostalism adheres to the inerrancy of scripture and the necessity of accepting Christ as personal Lord and Savior. Its worship is often characterized by a hand-clapping, foot-stomping gestalt with frenzied music and spontaneous testimony, divine healing and speaking in tongues. For Episcopalians, a people of The Middle Way (Via Media), the day and season of Pentecost means something quite different.
Pentecost is deeply rooted in our ancient Jewish tradition. Pentecost is the name Jews gave the ancient feast of Shavuot, which occurs 50 days after Passover. On Passover, the Jewish people remember that they were freed from their enslavement to Pharaoh; on Shavuot they remember that were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God. In the Christian tradition at Easter, we remember Christ resurrected; on Pentecost, 50 days later, we remember that the Holy Spirit came down upon us.
It was during the feast of Shavuot that Peter and the disciples were gathered in an upper room. The Pentecost event was the fulfillment of a promise which Jesus gave concerning the return of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost emphasizes that the church is understood as the body of Christ which is drawn together and given life by the Holy Spirit.
Perhaps we are not as lively as Pentecostal Christians. But we are moved, sometimes very deeply, by the Holy Spirit to bring God’s Kingdom to our days and times. Sometimes a little is just what it takes.