He Ascended Into Heaven
Bulletin: May 8, 2016
- Praise: Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise (lyrics & melody, 10 verses, video, contemporary, meditation, Charles Wesley 1, 2)
- Preparation: Speak, O Lord (video, lyrics & background story – interview)
- Response: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (lyrics & melody, video, choir, meditation)
Rev. Mark McKim
Ascension Day is one of the neglected feast days of the church’s calendar. Perhaps because it actually falls on a weekday is part of the reason it doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Although the Ascension has a place, every year, in the church’s calendar the ascension is far from being prominent in much Christian thought.
Whatever the reason, the frequent ignoring of the ascension means that many Christians miss those things that the Ascension of Jesus Christ has to teach us. In ignoring the festival, the opportunity for reflecting on the message of the Ascension is lost. And when we ignore this event, we rob ourselves of truly important teaching, for without the Ascension, the work of Christ would have been incomplete.
So this Sunday, at least at First Baptist Church, Regina, we AREN’T going to ignore the Ascension.
May 15th is Pentecost. This commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit, in a spectacular fashion, upon the followers of Jesus on the Day of Pentecost (a Jewish harvest festival). Scripture says that the disciples were “all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind….Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.” (Acts 2.2-3 NRSV) As a result, red, representing red flame, is used to decorate many churches on Pentecost. Everyone at First Baptist Church is encouraged to WEAR SOMETHING RED on May 15! The more red, the better!! Start your planning now! Red shoes, socks, shirts, blouses, dresses, ties, pants – even hair dyed bright red – will be welcome as we celebrate Pentecost together!