This Week: May 25, 2017

Happy Ascension Day! In the words of the ancient hymn that we will sing on Sunday:

“Day when the Christ ascends, high in the heavens to reign.”

The Ascension brings the love of God full-circle. The human Jesus, who came from the presence of God, returns to reign.

In his incarnation, death, resurrection and ascension,
the generous self-giving love of Jesus
has been vindicated and exalted as the supreme principle of the universe.
Jesus himself
—no abstract principle but a human person—
is now exalted as the still loving, still giving, still generous Lord.
As the power of that love replaces the love of power,
so in a measure, anticipating the last great day,
God’s kingdom comes, and God’s will is done, on earth as it is in heaven.

—edited excerpt about the Ascension by N.T. Wright

In these 10 days from Ascension to Pentecost Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has invited us to join with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the whole Anglican Communion in praying for God’s kingdom to come. Click here for a your invitation from Archbishop Welby to join in these days of prayer. I hope you will accept the invitation.


imageA hearty “thank you” and “well done” to our young people! Last Saturday Oliver Mason and Amy Powell, under the guidance of Blaisdell Shaw, made and distributed lunches and clean new socks to nearby folks who were glad to have a good meal and a caring expression. Blaisdell championed this effort and we are so grateful that she is willing to show them what faith in action can look like. As I read somewhere this week, “Faith is caught, not taught.” I think are youth are catching the faith!

In our gospel this week we hear the story of the Ascension as told in Acts.


Illumination of the Ascension from The Rabbula Gospels
6th century Syriac Gospel Book.

You can read all the lessons for this Sunday by clicking HERE. And then come and hear the Word proclaimed in church on Sunday.
image-2 Thank you to everyone who came to the Silver Tea and donated to support St. Michael’s Children’s Center. Our special thanks go to Pattie McCaverty for organizing and hosting this lovely and generous event. We’ll have a total for you later.

image-3St. Michael’s Readers will be talking about Chasing Francis this Sunday, May 28th from 2-3:30pm. I hope you will come and join the conversation!

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