All right, Ascension Day is actually May 5th, so it may or not be Ascension Day when you read this. But the Ascension used to be an important celebration in the lives of Christians, especially in the Lutheran Church. The church was often packed on Ascension Eve, and there were candles and firelight, hymns, and communion.
And why not? The Ascension of Christ isn’t really about Christ zooming up to heaven to sit down someplace “up there.” No little stool next to a big bearded man for Jesus! Rather, Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, the right of God—which is, if you think about it, everywhere. Because where is God absent? Nowhere. And so, Jesus at God’s right hand is exactly where God is—everywhere. And that’s what the Ascension means—Christ is with us. No matter what, no matter where.
So, we have an Ascension Liturgy that James Noyes has written for Sunday. If you’re new to the church, it’s different from what we have been doing. If you are new to OSA and not new to the church at large, it’s different from things you’ve seen before. But it celebrates the union of God with us, and also the presence of God in all creation. So, please come and learn more about this Holy, if largely uncelebrated, Day.