P: Alleluia! Christ is risen!
C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P: God has gone up with a shout:
C: The Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
P: Sing praises to God, sing praises!
C: Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
P: Christ reigns over the nations:
C: He sits at God's right hand in the heavenly places.
It's time to get working on next Sunday's Ascension worship. I found this Dialog on Richard Fairchild's website, and plan to use it to set the tone for the service. Ascension is something we don't give much attention to, it begs the question of what meaning it has for the modern day Christian. Why should we take time to remember this particular event?
Some commentators see its primary function as a stepping stone, a preparation, for Pentecost. A point "B" as it were, to get us from point "A" to point "C." But does it have some importance, in and of itself?
Just some initial thoughts as the week begins. Besides a sermon and service planning, I need to come up with a blessing and thanks to Sunday School teachers, and a children's sermon that is actually done by the children as a closing to the Sunday School year. With all that and a funeral, and Lil' P's birthday party to plan, the week should be full!