A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Happy Ascension Day!

On this day, the fortieth day following the resurrection on Easter morning, we celebrate Jesus' ascension, his rightful rule over all creation. On Easter morning, Jesus didn't immediately go to heaven. Instead, he appeared before the disciples in his resurrected body on several different occasions. It wasn't until this 40th day, that he claimed his rightful rule at the right hand of the Father (Apostles' Creed.)

Our church will celebrate Ascension Day this Sunday as a congregation. This is a time on the church calendar to celebrate Jesus' reign over all earthly powers and to anticipate that time in the future when he will reappear (his 2nd coming) and by a special act of God's grace, heaven and earth will become one.

Here's the prayer for Ascension Day.

Collect of the Day: Ascension Day

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.

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