Dear Church Family,
Last Thursday marked the Feast of The Ascension, 40 days since Easter Day. If Advent, Christmas, and the subsequent life of Jesus remind us that God is truly with us, then the ascension reminds us that our wounded and risen saviour is also the King of the Universe. The Son of God has always been at the right hand of the Father of course. Scripture tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8). What the Ascension does is take our wounded humanity into the highest point of heaven, forever ensuring that we too inherit what the Son of God does from the Father: which is the eternal life and righteousness of Christ himself.
Ephesians chapter 1 even reminds us that The Holy Spirit is given to us as a promise of what those “in Christ” will one day inherit.
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1: 13-14
So, as we move toward the feast of Pentecost next weekend, let’s remind ourselves that the bond between humanity and God can never be broken because of our risen and ascended Lord.
Christian Aid Week
Over the last week, we have been supporting Christian Aid Week, hosting coffee mornings, and looking forward to tonight’s Zoom quiz. Please also pop a donation into the gift envelopes or donate directly into the church bank account. This year’s appeal focusses on the Climate Emergency and the disproportionate effect it has on the developing world.
If you haven’t already signed up, don’t worry – you can still join in with tonight’s quiz. You can enter as an individual (£5 per ticket) or a multi-person household (£10 per ticket). Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories – all ages are welcome! The quiz starts at 7pm.