Today, Thursday, is Ascension Day. Forty days have passed since Easter Sunday. Jesus spent those first forty days following his resurrection convincing his disciples that he was alive. He spoke to the disciples about the Kingdom of God. He asked his disciples to go out into all the world as witnesses of the gospel. He is asking us to do the same today. After the forty days, according to Acts 1:9 “(Jesus) was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” Later, in verse 11, we are told “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Are we ready?
A Collect for Ascension Day found on page 226 BCP: “Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen “
We rejoice with MaryKirk Cunningham on her nomination for Teacher of the Year for Loudoun County Public Schools. Congratulations on this honor, Kirk! Congratulations, too, for Pam and Dave who are celebrating their 30th anniversary today.
Our sympathy and prayers go out to the Butler family on the loss of Dave’s mother this week. We especially pray for Dave’s sister, Ellen, who was her mother’s primary caregiver. May God, in His mercy, grant you peace as you deal with your loss.
Did you see the different types of crosses that Mo sent to the children as part of their Sunday School lesson? Very interesting! Thank you, ladies.
Our message will be brought to us this coming Sunday by Rev. Tom Prinz. The Wisemans will serve as Lector and Intercessor with music and Zoom by Betty.
Next Sunday, May 23, we will celebrate Pentecost. That day is also called Whitsunday and we traditionally wear red to celebrate this festival day. The day commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples. The festival period is called Whitsuntide, and begins on Saturday, the 22nd and goes through the next Saturday, May 29. Remember to wear red May 23.
Getting back to this Sunday, May 16: The readings are Act 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1 (BCP p.585); I John 5:9-13; and John 17:6-19.
See you Sunday!