Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:6-11
This week we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord and on Sunday we remember our Moms! Many of our congregations find it difficult to draw a large portion of the members to a Thursday service and prefer to hold that celebration to Sunday.
Celebrating the eternal reign of Jesus our Ascended Lord is important! As Jesus completes His earthly mission He ascends to the Father where He reigns. Two little girls were looking at a painting of Queen Victoria on her throne. One little girls asked the other, “What is she doing?” Well, responded her friend, “She is reigning!”
That of course was an old picture of a Queen who did reign, but in the picture it looked like she was doing nothing. When we refer to Jesus’ reigning some may assume He is sitting on His throne doing nothing! This is far from the truth of course. Jesus reigns with power and glory and He has promised to be with us always. As we join together in Word and Sacrament we are connected with our Savior in a very real and personal way. Jesus has not deserted us, but is wonderfully present!
So, this Sunday we highlight the Ascension of our Lord in the morning and our Mom’s in the afternoon. Actually our Christian Mom’s will be rejoicing at this Ascension in the afternoon as we honor them! On this Mother’s Day we will also be celebrating the installation of a new pastor at Wabash – you might include that in your prayers too! The Rev. Gerald Gauthier is being installed at 4:00 p.m.