Ascension Day occurs 40 days after Easter and recalls the moment when Jesus returned to heaven after his resurrection. The disciples had been prepared for this moment and reassured that God’s presence would remain with them in the presence of his energizing, renewing, love filled Spirit. Christians celebrate the outpouring of God’s Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Whitsun), which is also known as the `birthday of the Church.’
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York encourage us through a prayer initiative, `Thy Kingdom Come’ between Ascension and Pentecost, to reflect, think and pray about our lives, the lives of others and the life of the world, in anticipation and expectation that the gift of God’s Spirit will continue to be poured out upon us in blessing, healing, renewal and peace-to equip us in the call to love and serve one another.
As the first followers of Jesus were waiting in Jerusalem after Jesus’ Ascension, they devoted themselves to prayer- seeking God’s presence, praying for each other and for those in need. Prayer is how we communicate with God, using words, in silent reflection or by lighting a candle or a prayer request. They prayed that their friends, family and neighbours may come to know the new life of Jesus within their lives and experiences.
The followers of Jesus today are praying for you, that you may know God working within your life and that you may know his love, strength, peace and healing within every detail of your life, and that you may come to know and meet Jesus, opening your hearts to God’s loving presence and possibilities.
As we pray during June, may we also remember with thanksgiving the surviving veterans who shared in the D Day Landings on 6th June 1944 who will be commemorating the 75 anniversary and those who gave their lives in the liberation of Europe.
Please also pray for the Bakewell One Day Show on June 30th celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Show and the Bakewell Well Dressers and all involved in preparing for the blessings on 30th June at 2.30 in Bath Gardens. Please pray that many local people will support both of these important events for our Town.
God bless you and those you love.