“‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When [Jesus] had said this, as [the apostles] were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.” – Acts 1:8-9
(A picture comparing the recent transition of Rohrbaugh Hall.)
The feast and sub-season of Ascension is a time of transition. We are still in the Season of Easter until May 21, but the tenor of Easter is different than it was in the first week of April. The celebratory foods from Easter Sunday are either gone or stale. If we told a non-Christian that we are still celebrating our Holy Season, they might be surprised and ask, “Wasn’t Easter weeks ago?” The celebratory and ornamental practices of the season are starting to feel humdrum. We are quite a far distance now from somber Good Friday, and even further from the dust of Ash Wednesday. Truly, we are adjusting to a new situation.
As a congregation, we have many celebratory events unfolding as we approach summer and the Church’s Ordinary Time (the Green Season). Our congregation, led by our council, is preparing to discern the path God is calling us to walk. We are preparing for a joint youth activity with Pine Grove Presbyterian for Pentecost Sunday. The Pine Grove Mills Farmer’s Market is readying for its opening on June 14. We hosted a discussion led by our township to begin planning the future of Pine Grove Mills. We are even looking into starting a Sunday school program for the fall! Even though we are no longer in the immediate exuberance of celebrating the Paschal feast, there are many transitions to celebrate.
In Acts, after we watch Jesus being lifted up with the apostles, we learn that Jesus is still active in the lives of the faithful. In Matthew’s parallel, Jesus says, “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Even as Jesus transitions into the heavenly realms and is enthroned as King forever, he still is connected to us here and is active among us.
Through all the transitions, Jesus is working to give us life anew. For all of these things, we give God thanks.
God continue to be with you,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+