Seventh Sunday of Easter – Ascension Sunday – via Facebook Live

Our reading for this Seventh Sunday of Easter will be:
1 Peter 5:8-11  NRSV

Today is Ascension Sunday! In these trying times, do not let the devil devour your spirit – trust in the Lord our God. Find the good in people, share Christ’s love, and pray for patience and endurance. And celebrate this time when Jesus’s ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God our Father!

Ascension Day is celebrated 40 days after Easter, May 21, 2020.
Ascension Sunday is the following Sunday, May 24, 2020.

For many, Ascension Day will go relatively unnoticed. Forty days after Easter is just another Thursday with many of us in our ordinary weekday routines. The event it celebrates, however, is an important episode in the life of Jesus that the church has regarded highly through the years. Luke tells the story of Jesus’ ascension both at the end of his gospel (Luke 24:50-53) and the beginning of his writing about the early church (Acts 1:9-11). Our creeds affirm the Ascension as a central doctrine of the Christian faith. The Apostles’ Creed reads, “he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” The Nicene Creed similarly states, “he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.” Centuries later, our United Methodist forebear, John Wesley, emphasized the day by including it as one of three non-Sunday holy day observances included in his Sunday Service of the Methodists in North America—a forerunner of our Book of Worship. The other two are Good Friday and Christmas.

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