God has gone up with a shout. (Ps. 47:5)
Tomorrow is the Festival of the Ascension. Ascension Day occurs 40 days after Easter and 10 days before the Festival of Pentecost (50 days after Easter).
Although Ascension Day is not widely celebrated with official worship in many Lutheran circles, it does mark a significant transition in the life of the church and in Jesus ministry.
Over the past 40 days we have seen and heard of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples and in the readings from Acts we have witnessed the growth of the church.
In the story of the ascension Jesus now puts his ministry into the hands of the disciples and they are charged with returning to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit.
We, too, are waiting for our transition time to end as we prepare for the calling of a new pastoral leader for Bethany. We are waiting for the Holy Spirit to lift up a leader among us, and to guide us in the selection of this leader.
Jesus’ ascension assures us that Christ is with us in every time and every place. He has gone up with a shout so that we might know that he guides us in our daily lives and as a community of faith leads us in mission to reflect him in words and actions.
We are the current day disciples charged with Jesus ministry of sharing the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ in our families, community and world.