Week of May 28, 2017

Dear Friends
Happy Ascension Day! This is the day we celebrate Jesus’ return to his Father in great triumph–a return as OUR REPRESENTATIVE, one who shares his victory and his honor with those who are bound to him in covenant.There is so much to celebrate this day.
Can I make a recommendation? If you did not get a chance to read and rejoice in the Daily Office lection for yesterday evening, make sure you read Revelation 5 today. There is only one who is worthy to ‘open the scroll and break the seals’ of God’s Story of and for Creation; only one who fulfills the Creator’s purposes for creation. And that One is the ‘Lion of Judah’, the ‘Lamb who was slain’ who has ‘ransomed a people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.’
Read this meditatively and rejoice that through ‘Faith’ and ‘Baptism’ you too have been grafted into that ‘people’.
Speaking of ‘Baptism’: we are privileged to welcome into Christ’s body six children this Sunday–Hazel and Oliver Beers, Constance Bufford, Henry Dickens, Caroline and Samantha Shellock. Please pray for these children and their families as they prepare themselves to receive the sacrament; and come prepared on Sunday to renew your own Baptismal Vows!
Can I also remind you of Jennifer’s request for help with the Vacation Bible School, and my request for prayers for our search for Georgia’s replacement as Administrative Assistant? We are all part of one body and need to play our part in the building up of all.
Can I also apologize for the rash of ‘updates’ you have received this week. We had a glitch with our server in early May and all of the Updates we thought were going out were actually being stored up. The glitch was corrected this week and the ‘backed up Updates’ were all sent! We promise to be more circumspect in the future.
Looking forward to a great day of worship on Sunday.