This Thursday is Ascension Day when we celebrate Jesus returning to heaven. There will be a service of Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Minchinhampton at 7.30pm. After Ascension Day there are nine days when we prepare for the Feast of Pentecost, which marks the birth of the Christian church. The disciples, empowered by the Holy Spirit, started to build our church with Christ as the Cornerstones. The Church of England has a number of resources for people to use in preparation for Pentecost which can be found on this link:
Each individual must feel comfortable about returning to worship. Only you can judge this taking in to account the factors that you consider relevant so if you wish to wait before you return, then you must do so. Masks need to be worn, seating is at 2 metres and hands must be sanitised.
Alternatively, you may wish to watch or listen to a broadcast service, to light a candle and say the Lord’s prayer. We will broadcast the 1000am Sunday service using Zoom. Details of how to access this broadcast are at the bottom of this letter.
You may wish to simply break bread, slowly saying these words from Pauls Letter to the Corinthians:
‘I have already told you what the Lord Jesus did on the night he was betrayed. And it came from the Lord himself.
He took some bread in his hands. Then after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this and remember me.”
After the meal, Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and said, “This is my blood, and with it God makes his new agreement with you. Drink this and remember me.”
The Lord meant that when you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you tell about his death until he comes.’
A prayer for the Ascension Day
O God of earth and sky,
as Jesus came among us in Bethlehem to raise us up to heaven,
so today we recall his departing from us at Jerusalem to be in all places.
Though he is hidden from our sight,
enable us to abide in him
by the power and grace of the Holy Spirit,
until his mercy and grace fill your whole creation. Amen.
Copyright © 2000 Order of Saint Luke Publications. Used with permission.
I hope and pray that you all have a good week, that you are keeping well and taking care. If you want to talk to me, please free to call me on 873176. Let us pray that we can continue to meet in church and via Zoom. Details of Zoom are below.
With love, peace and prayers to you all.
A sonnet for Ascension Day by Malcolm Guite
We saw his light break through the cloud of glory
Whilst we were rooted still in time and place
As earth became a part of Heaven’s story
And heaven opened to his human face.
We saw him go and yet we were not parted
He took us with him to the heart of things
The heart that broke for all the broken-hearted
Is whole and Heaven-centred now, and sings,
Sings in the strength that rises out of weakness,
Sings through the clouds that veil him from our sight,
Whilst we our selves become his clouds of witness
And sing the waning darkness into light,
His light in us, and ours in him concealed,
Which all creation waits to see revealed.
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