May 21, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
Most of us know very little about this day in the life of the Church that we call Ascension Sunday. Some of us vaguely remember a Sunday School stained glass window picture of the risen Christ blessing his awestruck disciples as he goes up, ascending into God. The Ascension of Christ was so important to the early church that they made it a part of the earliest of confessions of the faith. In the Apostles Creed, we say that “…on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” So let us pay attention for somewhere in its mystery there became a transformation of a timid, fearful little band of disciples to a busting out all over the place confession that “Jesus is LORD!” So let us worship Almighty God on this Ascension Sunday!
The attached Worship Guide is offered to you to do by yourself, with family and/or join in the ZOOM Live Service this Sunday at 10 am. Also, there is a Children’s Worship Guide that has been created so that all ages may worship together during this time. Each ZOOM worship service is planned intentionally for all ages in mind so that there may be some part or all of the service for everyone. Our Worship Planning Group now includes: Amanda Henley, Wally Meggs, and Max White with technology; and Jacob Henley, Elizabeth Nix, Sarah Shayban and myself on worship. Leading in worship this morning is the Farfone Family—-Dottie, Scott, Brooke, Rivers and Jackson.
Here are some ways to prepare for worship:
- Read the scriptures for today—-Acts 1:1-14 and Psalm 47.
- Set up a special place to worship. You may want a cross or some symbol of the Resurrection; a Bible; the Worship Guide and Children’s Worship Guide printed; flowers, etc.
- Reflect on what you usually do for Sunday …dress up, cook a special meal, be with family, go to worship, etc. What can you do this day and adapt for where you are by doing it in a different way.
I hold you all in my prayers that you may have the eyes of your heart opened by the Holy Spirit in a glimpse of the risen Christ among us!
Dr. Laurey Harrell, Pastor