Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
If you were to make a list of the most significant events in the life of Jesus, you would certainly include His incarnation, death, and bodily resurrection. But there is another most critical event that often goes unappreciated and, perhaps, misunderstood. Forty days following His resurrection, the Word of God tells us that Jesus ascended to the Father and reclaimed His rightful place in heaven at the right hand of God. The Gospel-writer Luke gives us two glances at this most amazing episode. The first is in Luke 24:50-53. Then, Luke records the ascension in greater detail in Acts 1:9-11.
Even though the Lord’s ascension seems to be somewhat understated in the New Testament, it is nevertheless one of the fundamental truths of Christianity. In fact, John Calvin referred to our Lord’s ascension as being among “the chief articles of the faith.” And you might also remember its prominent place in the Apostle’s Creed. When we recite it, we confess our belief that Jesus, following His resurrection, “ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.”
But what is so important about this historical fact from the life of our Lord? Why is His ascension a vital component of the Gospel, so much so that, from the earliest days of Christianity, followers of Jesus all over the world have been confessing their belief in it?
On Sunday we will examine Luke’s account of the ascension in Acts 1:9-11. We will try to comprehend its significance both as an essential Christian doctrine, and as a most comforting and reassuring truth set forth in the Word of God.
I love you all so very much, and pray for you always,
May 16, 6 PM – Diaconate Meeting
May 20, 9:15 AM– Last Sunday School before Summer Break
May 20, 5 PM – Children’s Ministry End of Year Extravaganza
May 22, 10 AM – PCA MNA Training
May 24, 6 AM – Men’s Morning Study
June 7, 11:30 AM – Women’s Monthly Lunch
You can access this week’s Order of Worship by clicking here
The songs for this week are:
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus (Hymn 535, all 3 verses)
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Hymn 32, all 3 verses)
What Wondrous Love is This (Hymn 261, all 3 verses)
All Things New
Men’s Bible Study: The Men’s Morning Bible Study is also ongoing, meeting every other Thursday. Check the calendar for the next occurrence.
Women’s Monthly Lunch: The next Women’s Monthly Lunch is June 7 at 11:30 AM.
Children’s Ministry Update: Hello, May! Our last Sunday school class is Sunday, May 20th. Be sure and give your teachers a big hug for a job well done. They are all so faithful to our children’s ministry, and we are thankful for the job they do bringing solid gospel teaching to our kids each week.
Let’s celebrate the end of our school year (and the beginning of summer) with a big cookout for all our Children’s Ministry Families! I’ll have the guys grill up some burgers and hot dogs, and we can bring sides and drinks for all to enjoy. I’ve also invited the sno-cone truck to make an appearance 🙂 We’ll have yard games and our new gaga ball pit ready to go (I think!). Bring a camping chair and come fellowship with us.
RSVP HERE so I know how much food to provide! Invite a visiting friend, too!
**If you are interested in serving in children’s Sunday school next year, please let me know or be praying about this! We will start registration for class on August 1st (helps us with ordering materials and gaining everyone’s updated information).
PCA MNA Disaster Response Training: Mission to North America (MNA) is charged by the General Assembly with coordinating the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) disaster response in the US and Canada. This vital mission is accomplished through disaster preparedness awareness & training in advance of disaster events and by providing support in response to disaster events. Preparedness training is conducted regularly through local and PCA-wide events. MNA Disaster Response provides support to PCA churches in disaster affected communities through a network of staff and volunteer damage assessment teams, first response teams, site managers, and key leaders. MNA recruits and mobilizes volunteers, receives and distributes supplies and equipment, brings awareness of specific needs, channels recovery funds, focuses prayer and provides spiritual encouragement to our PCA family and their communities.
Christ Pres will host a disaster response training session from 10 am until noon on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in the Fellowship Hall. Mike Kennamer, who serves as the Disaster Response Specialist for the Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia (TAG) Region, will share about PCA MNA Disaster Response:
– Who they are
– What they do
– Why they do it; and
– How you can become involved
Your are invited to attend. Please see Jack Cooper or Joe Sims for more details.
Healing: Please pray for the health of the following individuals: Greg Hill’s mother, Jeffery Daniels, Debbie Hill, Perry Calvert, Suzanne Nimon, Robin Holloway, Chris Smotherman, Elizabeth Holton, Janet Chou, Ramona Edwards, and Nolan Osmer.
Expecting: Please pray for the Elliott family, expecting in September.
Ministries: Please pray for the following missionaries and ministries: Seth and Jessica Lewis (Ireland); Steve and Rita Williams (New Zealand); Vinnie and Molly Athey (RUF at UAH); RUF at Alabama A&M; Ken and Angie Burnett (FCA); Franky Garcia (seminary student).
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