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Ascension of the Lord
Easter 7

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    Ascension of the Lord - C
    John Jamison
    I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. (v. 49)

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    Hello, everyone! Are you ready for today’s story? (Let them respond.) I’ll bet you can all tell me what I have here in my hand. (Show the flashlight and let them respond.) It’s a flashlight, isn’t it...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Ascension of the Lord - C
    Mark Ellingsen
    Bill Thomas
    Frank Ramirez
    Acts 1:1-11
    In the American judicial system, a witness is a crucial component to attain justice. It wasn’t a big trial, but I was once called upon to be a witness in a Kansas City courtroom. The attorney made clear what I was supposed to do. She wanted me to relay exactly what I’d seen and to answer the questions directly. Being a witness, even in a small trial, seemed like...
  • StoryShare

    Ascension of the Lord - C
    Peter Andrew Smith
    Will stood in line at the cafeteria oblivious to the smells and noise and activity of the other students having lunch. He was still thinking about the scripture passage that had popped up on his phone that morning. He’d never really paid much attention to the story of the Ascension but for some reason the passage caught his attention and imagination today.

    He rubbed his chin. Maybe it...
  • SermonStudio

    Elaine M. Ward
    Some things we can't explain, and we call them mysteries and trust God's love no matter what. There is an old story about a rabbi taking a trip with his donkey, rooster, and lamp. When it was night, he had no place to sleep, so he slept in the woods. He lit his lamp to read his Bible before going to sleep, but a strong wind blew it over and broke it. "It must be time to sleep," the rabbi said,...
  • SermonStudio

    Ascension of the Lord - B
    Stephen P. McCutchan
    Acts 1:1-11
    As they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
    -- Acts 1:9b

    As we celebrate the ascension, we are witnessing the movement from Jesus the particular person to the universal Christ. Here was Jesus who had walked this earth with his disciples. He was a person who could be seen, touched, and held on to. Yet if he...
  • SermonStudio

    Ascension of the Lord - C
    Stan Purdum
    Both Psalms 47 and 93 (the alternative psalm for this day) are enthronement psalms, praise hymns celebrating God's rule over the nations. They were most likely used on festal occasions when Israel again declared that God was its king.

    While Psalm 47 was for Israel's celebration, verses 1-2 call all the nations of earth to recognize God as their monarch as well. Verses 3-4, however,...
  • SermonStudio

    Ascension of the Lord - C
    Charles D. Reeb
    A friend of mine once shared a story about his first visit to Niagara Falls. He said it was magnificent -- the rush and roar of the water -- the display of raw power. But as he looked upon the water gushing forth, he remembered a picture in a textbook. It showed Niagara Falls in the middle of winter, and much of the water was frozen. Big lightning-shaped forms of water were at a standstill. There...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Ascension of the Lord - C
    Mark J. Molldrem
    Note: This installment was originally published in 2001

    In golf, Tiger rules. In tennis, Venus. Depending upon which teen you talk with, either Ricky rules, or Brittney does. In Iraq, Saddam rules -- for now. In America, the people rule, despite what some political cynics or party technocrats say. For Christians wherever, Jesus rules!

    One might think that such a...
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    Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
    John Jamison

    The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (vv. 22-23)

    Object: For this message, we will use an object that comes in several pieces. I used a small...
  • The Immediate Word

    Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
    Dean Feldmeyer
    Thomas Willadsen
    Katy Stenta
    Mary Austin
    Christopher Keating
    George Reed
    For May 29, 2022:
    • Last Words by Dean Feldmeyer — We usually remember people’s last or final words because they were wise or funny or ironic. John’s final words in the book of Revelation are a good news/bad news kind of thing.
    • Second Thoughts: Unity is a Process...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
    David Coffin
    The enthusiastic exclamation of Easter Sunday, “He is risen” is a distant echo during the week of the 7th Sunday of Easter, as this season is headed toward the home stretch. A tired pastor in a small to mid-size church enters walks into the church office on Monday to find a thick booklet or church bulletin from a mega church a few hours away, on the desk. A short and sincere sticky pad stuck is...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
    Mark Ellingsen
    Bill Thomas
    Frank Ramirez
    Acts 16:16-34
    John Wesley notes how this text testifies to the countercultural character of the Christian message:

    But this is a property of the gospel truth: It has something in it peculiarly Intolerable to the world. (Commentary On the Bible, p. 485)

    To tell people they are sinners and need grace seems countercultural in a lot of...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
    Janice B. Scott
    "I think," proclaimed Peter, lying on his back and gazing up at the trees, "we should become bully-busters."

    "What?" said Jimmy, lazily. Karl simply rolled over, chewing at the blade of grass in his mouth.

    "No, c'mon," said Peter. "Like ghost busters. We could identify all the bullies in school, then go bust them."

    Karl laughed. "You mean you could!...
  • SermonStudio

    Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
    Donald Charles Lacy
    When, dear God, shall Christians all be one? It is a first-century inquiry. It is a here-and-now recurring question. Countless programs have been launched. Numerous proposals have been given. Only God knows how many problems have risen in our quest for Christian unity.

    We live and minister in the twenty-first century in ways not that different from what our spiritual ancestors...
  • SermonStudio

    Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
    Dallas A. Brauninger
    More than anything else, Edward wanted God to forgive Keith. More than anything else, he wanted to forgive his son for taking his own life. For several months after his son's suicide, Edward feared that Keith was lost. The father could speak to no one about his heartbrokenness.

    Then, prompted by the open, sky-filled space as he drove with friends across the prairie of Nebraska, he...
  • SermonStudio

    Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
    Frank Ramirez

    Call To Worship
    If we must suffer, let it be for Jesus. If we are mocked, let it be for the Lord. If we are excluded, or hunted, or cast out from the midst of friends and family, let it be because our service to God upsets the comfortable order and calls all to repentance and service! Let us be God's people today.

    Collect
    Be present with us, Lord, today,...

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