In worship we bridge between Ascension on Thursday and Pentecost next Sunday. A recurring theme of today was the realities of being people who exist in “the now” and “the not yet”. This past season has been a good example of the conundrum we live in. The Psalmist reminds us that God will run off those who are opposed to God’s plan and that God’s power is beyond our understanding. The lesson from Acts is the story of the Ascension and the reminder that the work we do didn’t stop when Jesus ascended, we are called to fortify ourselves for the long haul. The gospel reading from John was one of the longest recorded prayers by Jesus and affirms our connection to God through Jesus. Today’s sermon was based on the Epistle from Peter – that we are called to practice our faith, to cast our anxieties to God, to trust that God will take what we give and return something that is better and nourishing for the journey. Our relationship with God is not a relief from cares, just an assurance that we won’t go it alone along the way.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Acts 1:6-14; Palm 68:1-10, 33-36; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11