Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ascension Thursday

The Ascension of Our Lord
detail from window at First Lutheran Church
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
44Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you — that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled." 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.  
49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high." 50Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53and they were continually in the temple blessing God.  Luke 24:44–53

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, 
your only Son was taken into the heavens 
and in your presence intercedes for us. 
Receive us and our prayers for all the world, 
and in the end bring everything into your glory, 
through Jesus Christ, our Sovereign and Lord, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and forever