June 1, 2014 – Ascension Sunday

Acts 1:1-11 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? 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.” *** Ascension Sunday   June 1, 2014   (Psalm 47, Eph 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53) Acts 1:1-11           Higher Ground ******************* The last we see of Jesus here on earth, he’s heading up to higher ground. Rising into the heavens, disappearing into the clouds… And as someone trying to follow Jesus… I’m reminded of the old hymn… Lord, lift me up and let me stand, By faith, on Heavens table land – A higher plane than I have found – Lord plant my feet on higher ground… Seeing Jesus heading up to higher ground has me wanting to go with him… Yet, at the same time, I’m hearing the word from the angels today about not looking up into the skies… The word angel means (literally) messenger. Angels often bring major messages from God in Luke’s telling of the Jesus story. Angels in the beginning of Luke’s gospel announce the coming births of John the Baptist and Jesus. Near the end of Luke’s gospel, angels are there at the tomb, asking, “why are you looking for the living among the dead? He’s not here, he has risen.” Now in the beginning of Acts, angels appear again, asking now,“why do you stand here looking up into the sky?” Strongly implying – as at the empty tomb – that we’re not looking in the right direction. Jesus will come again, the same way we saw him leaving, unexpectedly and mysteriously. Don’t be looking up into the heavens, the angels say. Focus instead on what Jesus has been telling us to do. St Luke has just told us in his opening verses...

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Week of June 1, 2014 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, June 1st: 11:00 AM Worship and Church School Monday, June 2nd: 6:00 PM UMW Potluck Dinner Thursday, June 5th: 1:00 PM  Bible Study at Bourne UMC Sunday, June 8th: 11:00 AM Worship and Church School Monday, June 9th: 7:00 PM Worship Committee Meeting LAYETTE KIT ITEMS need to be brought to the church by next Sunday, June 8th. Thank you! THE JUNE NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE: Please pick up your copy today as you leave if you receive the hard copy, or check your email if you receive the e-version. MAILING LIST: If you are not on our mailing list (email or hard copy) to receive newsletters, and other church news, please fill out a card in Crain Hall. Also, if your address has changed, please let us know! PRAYER LIST: Jackie Almeida, Kathy Ayala, Lisa & Steven Antonio, Bobbi Arnold, Barbara Baker, Carolyn Barnes, Mark Barrett Family, Phillip Bergeron & Angelo Rivera, The family of Lynn Bergh, Gary Bloss, Olive & Tenney Boyer, James Brown, Allen & Lynne Bryant, Jay Chapin, Dorothy & Robbie Cotter, Shawn Durant, Lisa Franco, Jean Gleason, D. J. Gregoire, Becky Russell Hall, Liz Haney, Shawn Herrnon, Patricia Joyner, Audrey King, Linda Leahy, Laura Lockhart, Gail Mortimer, Bruce Oglevie, David Parker, George Plummer, Roark Family Home, Vivian Sweet, Kathleen Tobin, Robbie & Kim Whiting, Coe Wilscam, our Church, our Country, our World, & US Service People.  ...

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