Ascension Sunday Devotional
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior,
The Gospel reading for Sunday, May 16: John 17:6-19. This passage records the prayer that Jesus prayed for his disciples. The part that includes us reads, “but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word,” John 15:20. Jesus is praying for us! What an amazing thing. Set this thought alongside the idea of Ascension. Jesus is leaving, but Jesus is with us. Jesus takes his place at the right hand of God, returns to the circle of the Trinity, but at the same time continues to be present with us.
Our worship this final week of Eastertide will continue to be a celebration of living the Resurrection with the Resurrected one at our side. It is a reminder that we are not alone, that we continue to journey with the one who calls us and the one who saves us; even as we look forward to the one who will empower us to continue the work of building toward the kin-dom of God.
Today’s worship experience is about relationships – with Christ and with one another. And it is about glory—receiving glory and giving glory. We are called to recognize the glory of Christ in the world today. Where can we find this glory? They’re found in moments of sacrificial love. It is experienced in moments of service and support. We give glory when we bind up the broken; we bask in glory when we feed the hungry; we see glory when we reach out to heal hurting hearts. Jesus is inviting his followers to know God’s glory in their own lives as he knew it in his.
One of our values is community. We are in this together. So, while we stand, on this Ascension Sunday, looking to the Christ departing from us into heaven, we stand together. We stand side by side, as Jesus sends us out to live the Resurrection by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It is who we are. We belong to Christ.
Amen. Amen. Amen.
Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC
323 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison