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Easter 7 – Sunday after Ascension Prayer for May 10-16, 2021
Lord, the image we have of your Ascension troubles us. We cannot explain it as it defies
all logic and the laws of nature. And yet you have already shown us that you are master
over the wind, the waves, sickness, demons, and death.
What troubles us even more is that you left just as there was so much still to do, your
work only just begun, and we your disciples are somehow left to do it, but how?
The calling of the first disciples was linked to a promise, the promise of the Holy Spirit
and that Spirit would enable them power for the tasks that lie ahead, enable them to do
things beyond their expectations and imaginations.
We, too, are your disciples, Lord. We, too, are called to be your witnesses, even to the
ends of the earth. But how can we do this? There’s too few of us! We haven’t enough
resources. We are afraid and would prefer to retreat to our homes, hoping you might
choose someone else for the job. But God has often chosen “unlikely” people, like
Moses, Gideon, Jonah, and even the disciples for your work. They showed reluctance
or ineptitude, but that didn’t stop you from working through them anyway.
The first disciples gathered as one in mind and purpose. They devoted themselves to
prayer until the promised Holy Spirit descended on them.
Lord, make us one in mind and purpose. Let your Spirit be with us. Enable us to do
things beyond our expectations and imaginations. Let the story of Ascension be about
Jesus going on and not just up and away.
--Based upon a sermon for the First Sunday after Ascension Day,
Clippesby Church and Countryside.co.uk