Login / Signup

Ascension of the Lord - B

Hold down Ctrl (Windows) / Command (Mac) for multiple selections (scroll list to see all options)

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Up and Away -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Frank Ramirez -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2021
The resurrection of Jesus takes center stage, rightfully so, in the church calendar.
A community of joy -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2015
What goes up -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- David Kalas -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
"What goes up must come down." So goes the old saying, in an axiomatic testament to the gravitationa
With seeing hearts -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2003
Have you ever seen a child's eyes dance?
Number one -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2000
North Americans seem infatuated with being number one.
The end of the beginning -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
Although the first lesson for several Sundays has come from the Acts of the Apostles, this day -- As
Where? How? What? When? Why? -- Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
NOTE: Charting The Course and illustrations are provided for both Ascension Day/Sunday and Easter 7.
Jesus' followers face change -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:46-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1991
During a lifetime, changes come that shake us up and require major adjustments.
The Exalted Lord -- Ascension of the Lord - B
I imagine the world could not hold all the records of discussions about the ascension and its meanin
Love -- Acts 10:44-48, 1 John 5:1-6, John 15:9-17 -- Ascension of the Lord - B
One of the preacher's greatest difficulties is to deal with the word love.
What goes up -- Luke 24:44-53, Ephesians 1:15-23, Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47 -- David Kalas -- Ascension of the Lord - B
"What goes up must come down." So goes the old saying, in an axiomatic testament to the gravitationa

Children's sermon

CSSPlus

Something Special -- Luke 24:44-53 -- John Jamison -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2021
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
Sent Out as Christ -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Anna Shirey -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: As we enter this celebration of Ascension and prepare for Pentecost, we're go
A grand opening -- Luke 24:44-54 -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Good morning, boys and girls.
Who's the boss? -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Good morning! Have you ever seen one of these? (Show the
He'll be back! -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Good morning! I have some pictures here of a vacation I took
Jesus the head -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B
What would you think of a doll that didn't have a head?
Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Today we celebrate the "Ascension of the Lord." What do you
He was lifted up -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought a special balloon with
Jesus the great teacher -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you attend school?

The Immediate Word

Building A Legacy -- Luke 24:44-53, John 17:6-19, 1 John 5:9-13, Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2015
The lectionary texts for Ascension Sunday and the Seventh Sunday of Easter each address Jesus’
Here Or There? -- Luke 24:44-53, John 17:6-19, Acts 1:15-26, Acts 1:1-11 -- George Reed, Ron Love, Mary Austin -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
This Sunday offers a choice for those who follow the lectionary -- some congregations will observe A
American Individualism And Christian Community:contradiction, Compromise, Or Challenge? -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Carter Shelley -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Is God Listening? -- John 17:6-19 -- Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Ascension of the Lord - B
A major story making headlines recently has been the revelation that the NSA, the federal agency in

Devotional

SermonStudio

The Ascension Of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53, Psalm 47 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2008
Acts 1:1-11

Drama

SermonStudio

Power -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 47 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1993
Thespian Theological Thoughts

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Ascension of the Lord (2021) -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2021
Acts 1:1-11
Sermon Illustrations for Ascension of the Lord (2015) -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Frank Ramirez, Mark Ellingsen -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2015
Acts 1:1-11
Sermon Illustrations for Ascension of the Lord (2012) -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
Acts 1:1-11
In classic western films... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Craig Kelly -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
In classic western films, there is the cliché ending of riding off into the sunset.
Max Lucado in his book, Just Like Jesus... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
Max Lucado in his book, Just Like Jesus, cites an episode from his experience of being a tran
In the comedy film The Money Pit... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ron Love -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
In the comedy film The Money Pit, Tom Hanks and Shelly Long play a young couple in New York C
I've grown to really enjoy cooking over the years... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Craig Kelly -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
I've grown to really enjoy cooking over the years.
One of the great passions of Bono... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
One of the great passions of Bono, the lead singer of the rock band U2 is to end Third World debts a
Acts 1:1-11br... -- Luke 24:44-53, Ephesians 1:15-23, Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
Acts 1:1-11
It is a lamentable fact... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
It is a lamentable fact of modern life: the auto accident.
Suzi was going through one... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
Suzi was going through one of those dry periods in her life.
Little Samuel had a difficult... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
Little Samuel had a difficult task ahead of him.
Relationships are important to us... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
Relationships are important to us. In the past, relationships defined a person.
My wife and her friend... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
My wife and her friend, Tina, attended university in Spain for their senior year.
By raising Christ from the... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
By raising Christ from the dead and by seating him at God's own right hand, God has indeed "raised u
In Wittenberg-Lutherstadt they told... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
In Wittenberg-Lutherstadt they told me a story about a large statue of Christ in front of the Castle
Sandy and Joan had known... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
Sandy and Joan had known each other since high school and enjoyed each other's company.
Barry relates his experience at... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
Barry relates his experience at a Christian college. Barry played on the volleyball team.
Terry Anderson was stationed in... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2000
Terry Anderson was stationed in Beruit, Lebanon, as a journalist for the Associated Press.
We visited a communal farm... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2000
We visited a communal farm one day in Cuba.
The Risen Christ not only... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2000
The Risen Christ not only promised his followers "power from on high," but also provided them with a
As Jesus departs from the... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2000
As Jesus departs from the disciples, he prepares them for their mission to all the nations.
An expedition to observe the... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2000
An expedition to observe the 1919 solar eclipse verified Albert Einstein's prediction, based on his

The Immediate Word

Building A Legacy -- Luke 24:44-53, John 17:6-19, 1 John 5:9-13, Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2015
The lectionary texts for Ascension Sunday and the Seventh Sunday of Easter each address Jesus’
Here Or There? -- Luke 24:44-53, John 17:6-19, Acts 1:15-26, Acts 1:1-11 -- George Reed, Ron Love, Mary Austin -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
This Sunday offers a choice for those who follow the lectionary -- some congregations will observe A

Poems

SermonStudio

Ascension Day -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Andrew Daughters -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1990
Only twelve were called,only twelve.Fishermen, a tax collector and such,
Ascension Day -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Andrew Daughters -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1990
Only twelve were called,only twelve.Fishermen, a tax collector and such,
Ascension Day -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Andrew Daughters -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1990
'How poor we are,' said Matthew,'In this world where richness counts.'

Prayer

SermonStudio

The blessing of the ascension -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Dennis Koch -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: This passage overlaps the selection for the Third Sunday of

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Building A Legacy -- Luke 24:44-53, John 17:6-19, 1 John 5:9-13, Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2015
The lectionary texts for Ascension Sunday and the Seventh Sunday of Easter each address Jesus’
Here Or There? -- Luke 24:44-53, John 17:6-19, Acts 1:15-26, Acts 1:1-11 -- George Reed, Ron Love, Mary Austin -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
This Sunday offers a choice for those who follow the lectionary -- some congregations will observe A
American Individualism And Christian Community:contradiction, Compromise, Or Challenge? -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Carter Shelley -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Is God Listening? -- John 17:6-19 -- Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Ascension of the Lord - B
A major story making headlines recently has been the revelation that the NSA, the federal agency in

SermonStudio

The Ascension Of Our Lord -- Psalm 47 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2006
Both Psalms 47 and 93 (the alternative psalm for this day) are enthronement psalms, praise hymns cel
The Ascension Of Our Lord -- Psalm 93 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see The Ascension Of Our Lord, Cycle A, for an alt
Ascension of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2001
This passage is the stated Old Testament Lesson for Ascension Sunday also in Cycle A.
The Ascension Of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 1:1-11 (C, RC, E)
The crucified and risen Jesus has ascended to the Father -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: The crucified and risen Jesus has ascended to the Father.
The Ascension of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- George M. Bass -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1990
Something of a minor liturgical controversy surrounds the celebration of the Ascension of our Lord.
The Ascension of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- George M. Bass -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1990
Something of a minor liturgical controversy surrounds the celebration of the Ascension of our Lord.
The Ascension of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Ascension of the Lord - B
The Ascension of Our LordRevised CommonActs 1:1-11Ephesians 1:15-23

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Building A Legacy -- Luke 24:44-53, John 17:6-19, 1 John 5:9-13, Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2015
The lectionary texts for Ascension Sunday and the Seventh Sunday of Easter each address Jesus’
Here Or There? -- Luke 24:44-53, John 17:6-19, Acts 1:15-26, Acts 1:1-11 -- George Reed, Ron Love, Mary Austin -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
This Sunday offers a choice for those who follow the lectionary -- some congregations will observe A
American Individualism And Christian Community:contradiction, Compromise, Or Challenge? -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Carter Shelley -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Is God Listening? -- John 17:6-19 -- Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Ascension of the Lord - B
A major story making headlines recently has been the revelation that the NSA, the federal agency in

SermonStudio

Travel Arrangements -- Luke 24:44-53 -- John Jamison -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2015
It was an amazing moment. Everything that had happened before now seemed to lead up to this.
Reflections of a Healthy Church -- Luke 24:44-53 -- John W. Clarke -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2011
Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is
Life's Greatest Tension: Despair vs. Hope -- Acts 1:1-11 -- David H. Webb -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
Today is Ascension Sunday.
Ascension Answers -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ken Lentz -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2008
Many folks, especially preachers, don't know what to make of Luke's accounts (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:
The Logical Conclusion -- Luke 24:44-53 -- John S. Smylie -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2008
For several years, I had the privilege of serving a congregation in upstate New York.
Doing Christ's Work -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Nancy Kraft -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2008
My mom's hands were never idle. She was always doing some kind of needlework or craft.
Final Instructions -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ron Lavin -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2005
Final Instructions
All That Goes Down Must Go Up -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- John T. Ball -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2005
We are now almost fifty days after Easter, days that were filled with the immediate presence of the
Using Scripture And Other Sources To Understand Jesus -- Luke 24:44-53 -- David T. Ball -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2005
One of most interesting places in our public libraries is the biography section.
A Friend In High Places -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Robert A. Noblett -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2002
What we want to talk about is not, I am extremely sure, a theme that dominated your breakfast conver
Height Advantage -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2002
One of the key inventions of the modern world is the geostationary or geosynchronous satellite, many
To Be Continued -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Paul W. Kummer -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1999
Here is a remarkable story from World War II.
Stay In The City -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Donna E. Schaper -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1999
When Jesus leaves earth, in the Ascension, he advises that we stay in the city.
Celebrating The Absence Of The Presence -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- John A. Stroman -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1999
We find it easy to celebrate Jesus' coming at Christmas, but Ascension Day goes by mostly unnoticed.
Doing The Right Thing -- Acts 1-11 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1999
A well-known businessman in this community was recently asked to do something for the United Method
You Are My Witness -- Mark 16:15-20, Luke 24:44-53 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1996
The inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president of the Republic of South Africa goes down in the ann
Understand-Witness-Worship -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Charles Michael Mills -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1993
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega. Jesus is the first and the last.
Witnesses To The Whole World -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Richard E. Gribble -- Ascension of the Lord - B
A woman involved in a weekly Bible study made a significant discovery quite accidentally in her base

Free Access

Reflections of a Healthy Church -- Luke 24:44-53 -- John W. Clarke -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2011
Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is
Stay In The City -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Donna E. Schaper -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1999
When Jesus leaves earth, in the Ascension, he advises that we stay in the city.

Stories

StoryShare

Not the Hour or the Day -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Peter Andrew Smith, David O. Bales -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2021
Contents“Not the Hour or the Day” by Peter Andrew Smith
God Is Awesome -- Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 47 -- Keith Wagner -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2015
Contents "God is Awesome" by Keith Wagner
Evac -- Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 47 -- Keith Hewitt, Frank Ramirez, Lamar Massingill, John E. Sumwalt -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
Contents"Evac" by Keith Hewitt
Witnessing To The Truth -- Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 47 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John E. Sumwalt, Argile Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2009
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Witnessing to the Truth" by Peter Andrew Smith
Wait There -- Luke 24:44-53, Ephesians 1:15-23, Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47 -- David O. Bales, Constance Berg, Terry Cain, Charles Cammarata -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Ascension Sunday Acts 1:1-11 Psalm 47 or Psalm 93 Ephesians 1:15-23

SermonStudio

"He Ascended Into Heaven" -- Acts 1:1-11 -- David E. Leininger -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2008
Familiar words. Churches have been repeating them for centuries in the Apostles' Creed:
The Priest And The Professor -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2005
The Priest And The Professor
New Hope -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Constance Berg -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1999
Chiapas is one of the two poorest states in Mexico.
Witnesses -- Luke 24:44-53 -- John E. Sumwalt, Jo Perry-Sumwalt -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1996
There was a young couple in a small country church who had a very beautiful little daughter who was
Convincing Proof -- Acts 1:1-11 -- John E. Sumwalt, Margaret Nyland-brown -- Ascension of the Lord - B
I was born in 1970. My brother, Randy, was five years older than I. He died on February 28, 1982.

Worship

The Immediate Word

Building A Legacy -- Luke 24:44-53, John 17:6-19, 1 John 5:9-13, Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2015
The lectionary texts for Ascension Sunday and the Seventh Sunday of Easter each address Jesus’
Here Or There? -- Luke 24:44-53, John 17:6-19, Acts 1:15-26, Acts 1:1-11 -- George Reed, Ron Love, Mary Austin -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2012
This Sunday offers a choice for those who follow the lectionary -- some congregations will observe A
American Individualism And Christian Community:contradiction, Compromise, Or Challenge? -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Carter Shelley -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
Is God Listening? -- John 17:6-19 -- Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Ascension of the Lord - B
A major story making headlines recently has been the revelation that the NSA, the federal agency in

SermonStudio

To The Lord Of Lords, Ascended -- Psalm 47 -- Clyde W. Wentzell -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2008
1. To the Lord of lords, ascended, Come we, now, with songs of praise.
Theme: It Is Not For You To Know -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Frank Ramirez -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2005
Call To Worship (Psalm 93)
The Ascension Of the Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53, Psalm 47, Psalm 93 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
Seventh Sunday Of Easter -- Frank Ramirez -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2002
Call To Worship (based on Acts 1:6-11)
The Promise Of The Holy Spirit -- Acts 1:1-11 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2002
Call To Worship
Restore The Kingdom? -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1999
Call To Worship
Jesus Is Taken Up To Heaven -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1993
Suggestions:Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
ASCENSION DAY -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53, Psalm 47 -- B. David Hostetter -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIP and INVOCATIONLet us worship God.Let us pray
Jesus' reminder to, and departure from, the disciples -- Luke 24:44-53, Mark 16:15-20 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1990
Pastoral Invitation to the CelebrationTry this:
Jesus Appears to the Disciples -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Ascension of the Lord - B
An Invitation To Ascension SundayPastoral Invitation (Pastor and Ministers)
UPCOMING WEEKS
In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
Signup for FREE!
(No credit card needed.)
Easter 6
30 – Sermons
110+ – Illustrations / Stories
26 – Children's Sermons / Resources
20 – Worship Resources
25 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Ascension
25 – Sermons
160+ – Illustrations / Stories
22 – Children's Sermons / Resources
18 – Worship Resources
23 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Easter 7
30 – Sermons
160+ – Illustrations / Stories
27 – Children's Sermons / Resources
25 – Worship Resources
27 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Pentecost
29 – Sermons
140+ – Illustrations / Stories
27 – Children's Sermons / Resources
28 – Worship Resources
32 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Trinity Sunday
27 – Sermons
140+ – Illustrations / Stories
29 – Children's Sermons / Resources
29 – Worship Resources
30 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Plus thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
Signup for FREE!
(No credit card needed.)

New & Featured This Week

CSSPlus

John Jamison
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (vv. 16-18)
John Jamison
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (vv. 50-53)

The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
Katy Stenta
For May 16, 2021:

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Frank Ramirez
The resurrection of Jesus takes center stage, rightfully so, in the church calendar. By contrast, Ascension Day often falls by the wayside, unless it happens to fall on a Sunday. It’s something Jesus did, but it’s not necessarily a significant event in the lives of many churches. These three texts, however, illustrate the central importance of this event, which is the capstone of the ministry of Jesus.
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Acts 1:1-11
There is still a lot to be in despair about in America. Racism is not gone, as the families who lost loved ones to wanton police shootings continue to mourn. Those who lost jobs, incomes, and businesses in the pandemic continue to suffer and remain in despair. It is all so tragic, as the German-born philosopher Theodor Adono once wrote: “But he who dies in despair has lived his life in vain.” Martin Luther saw this text and its account of the ascension as a time to preach on faith and the comfort from despair that that Word brings:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Many years ago I met a churchwarden who had grown up within a Jewish background but who had converted to Christianity quite late in life. She had had an amazing conversion experience which had affected her deeply and as a result had become an ardent Christian. She was particularly zealous about Christian mission to the Jews, wanting to convert all Jews to Christianity. When I asked whether she thought Jesus was the only way to God, she looked astonished and said yes, of course!

SermonStudio

Constance Berg
Brian could feel the heat of anger rising in his neck. His left hand curled into a fist and he hit the palm of his right hand. He felt dizzy as he looked around.

Clothes, towels, and sheets were scattered all over the living room. A glass of orange juice was empty, the contents still dribbling down the side of the coffee table. A towel landed at his feet. His one-year-old looked up at him and giggled, making Brian even more angry.
E. Carver Mcgriff
We Americans have long had a love affair with winners. Successful undertakings of nearly every sort quickly receive the admiration of those around us. As a group, we take great delight in banquets and other ceremonies at which honors are distributed. People who come in second are rarely remembered in our culture. The runner-up usually receives a brief word of recognition and then is quickly forgotten. If you happen to be a sports enthusiast, you'll remember the poor old Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
Paul E. Robinson
How many of you know what BASE jumping is? BASE jumping is the very scary sport of jumping off Buildings, Antennae, Spans, and Earth objects. If you want to do it more than once, you jump with a parachute or perhaps a hang glider. Some of you may have seen examples of this daring sport on television.

An example:
John W. Clarke
Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is going. We need to ask ourselves why we are here and exactly what is it we are supposed to be doing. Our lesson for this day provides us with much needed information on what we should be doing and what our final destination as we travel this road in ministry with Jesus is.
Erskine White
When people are confused or afraid, when they feel that things are out of control, or when they feel helpless to overcome the problems which confront them, they often resort to "pie in the sky" religion. They look for Jesus to come and fix what they can't fix for themselves. They figure that one day, as if by magic, Jesus will make everything right for them in the "sweet bye and bye."

StoryShare

Peter Andrew Smith
David O. Bales
Contents
“Not the Hour or the Day” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Closer To Heaven” by David O. Bales
“Power To Change Nature … and People” by David O. Bales
 

Not the Hour or the Day
by Peter Andrew Smith
Acts 1:1-11

“God, I know that I’m supposed to have faith and trust,” Paul said softly as he sat on the bench outside of the nursing home. “Yet a part of me wishes you would tell me when.”

Special Occasion