"....suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said .... why do you stand looking up toward heaven? ....." Acts 1:10-11
Tomorrow, May 13th, is Ascension Day. It is the 40th day after Easter. It is one of the oldest holy days in the Christian church. Some date it back to the first century, making it much older than Christmas. But it never took off as a commercial success. Not too surprising. It has no cute babies, only the risen Christ, rising now into the clouds, and then a couple of angels challenging the awestruck disciples.
"What are you doing standing here?", they ask. The implication is that it is time to get to work. That same line of questioning meets us here at Shepherd of the Valley too. Many people respond in just as many positive ways make no mistake. But that doesn't mean that we don't revisit this story again and again.
We too have our moments that we look to the heavens, in wonderment, for inspiration, sometimes imploring the Creator for answers, sometimes for an escape. And also for the strength and wisdom to answer well the question, "Why do you stand looking up toward heaven?"
Remember the old child's game, that held the words, "Here is the church, here is the steeple; open the doors, see all the people."? As one author suggests, Ascension Day reminds us that worship does not end in the sanctuary and that child's game can end with the words, "there go the people". May that continue to be the case for this community of faith.
"Almighty God, your blessed Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things. Mercifully give us faith to trust that, as he promised, he abides with us on earth to the end of time, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen."
Wednesday 6:30 pm Vesper Service
Thursday 7:00 pm Health Team Meeting
Friday 12:30 pm Rummage Sale Meeting
Saturday 6:00 pm Transport Trio Concert
Sunday 9:30 am Annual Congregational Meeting
6:00 pm Transport Trio Concert
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Continued prayers of healing for Les