Christ is risen! Alleluia!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Collect for Ascension Day APBA p517
your Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirt
and in the bond of peace;
and bring all creation to worship at his feet,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 28: 16-20
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
REFLECTION contributed by Rev’d. Jan
Jesus puts his life, and his death, in God’s hands. Thus the perfect working together of God’s will comes about. I write this in response to the wonderful reflection contributed by Ian that you can read below, inspirational in Ian’s own faith witness of placement in God’s hands. Many of us know Ian; for those who don’t, he is progressing through a difficult cancer prognosis and treatment.
Surely this is the message of the Ascension of our Lord? As he promises to be with us always we either believe it or not. As he promises to love and hold us 24/7, we either believe it or not. As he goes to the cross for us, and lives on in resurrection truth, we either believe it or not.
Lord Jesus Christ, help our unbelief. And hold us in faith. Amen.
REFLECTION: contributed by Ian Fraser
First morning back home in Indro unit, after 8wks self isolation at Coffs, and my body clock follows the 4am blood test conditioning cemented in place by Wesley in the last week. The primary reason me asking for discharge ASAP.
On Friday morning, as usual, can’t drift off again when my mind has awoken, I caught TheAussiePastor on commercial TV. He was talking about Revelations and the end of days…final reckoning. I was shocked. I‘d had glimpses of the end of the Bible, but never really gone there to take in the detail. In my youth, I had best intensions to read the Bible cover to cover(several times), but lost it towards end of Genesis. Bible pages are so thin!
My daily readings now are on my New Daylight phone app, and more recently, the inspiring Faith Daily emails. I take it in snippets to have a focus for that day. A treasured legacy from my Grandad (in Heaven) and now my beautiful, loving, faith filled parents.
I just got my little New Testament Bible out from my hospital bag, given to me at an Emmaus teens weekend, 30ish years ago. It has uplifting notes randomly written throughout by other teens on that Weekend. Still powerful for me to read these days.
I like to live in the now and not worry about what the future holds. Luckily, Carman says “Just count your blessings, day-by-day and put your worries in Gods hands.”
But here’s hoping todays snippet gives you what you need today, and I’m going to check out what amazing wonder awaits us when we put our lives in His hands.
Final Prayer David Adam “Glimpses of Glory”
Lord, unseen, yet ever near, your presence may we feel.
We pray for all whose lives are clouded by deep doubt and fear,
for all who have lost faith, for all whose vision has become blurred.
We pray that the church may proclaim
and reveal your presence and glory,
that the church may help to lift up the fallen
and restore sight to the blind.
We pray for those with strong vision and faith,
that they may guide us to you.
Christ, King of Glory, lift our hearts and minds.
Daily Bible Bite (answer tomorrow): In the New Testament, what were written first, the epistles of St Paul or the Gospels?
From yesterday: In which book in the Old Testament, do you find the story of David and Goliath?
Answer: 1 Samuel