May 6

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Ascension Sunday     10:30 a.m.

Holy Communion

Lectionary Readings:  Psalm 47;  Luke 24:44-53

Text:   “While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.”

Sermon:   “On The Edge”

Tease:   The story of Jesus’ ascension defies any human logic.  What does Luke mean when he asserts so matter-of-factly:  “Jesus withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven?”  Surely, his statement demands a few more details.   What actually happened?  How fast did he ascend?  Where did he go?  The author makes a second attempt to recount the same event in his Book of Acts.  (None of the other Gospel writers even give it a try!) In Acts, he simply tells us that a cloud came in and “hid him from their view.”   It’s as if Luke takes us as far as he can … to the point where traditional language suddenly stops working … and we must muster the courage to venture beyond that edge … and into uncharted spiritual territory.