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Psalm 47

Ascension Day A

Sample Sermons Note: In place of the usual Old Testament sermon starter ideas for this week I am posting an Ascension Day sermon I preached some years ago in hopes it may be helpful to anyone doing an Ascension Day focus on June 5 or for Ascension Day proper on June 2, 2011. Ascension […]

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Psalm 47

Easter 7B

[…] in all the film is a stunning reminder of how small we are compared to the vastness of the universe. As part of this week’s celebration of Ascension Day, I invite you to take a similar trip of the imagination.  Let’s begin somewhere out in the vastness of space and then let’s start zooming […]

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On A Hill Far Away

[…] Christ died for us.  God loved us and sent an atoning sacrifice for our sin. So that, in Christ’s incarnation, his life, his death, his resurrection and ascension, our salvation is begun. And, in Christ, the dividing lines of hostility is broken, every barrier is torn down. In Christ, “those people” become “our people.” […]

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Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35

Easter 7A

Psalm 68 is known as the most difficult Psalm, but it is a fine choice for this Seventh Sunday of Easter, also known as Ascension Sunday.  The connection to Christ’s Ascension is rooted in the way the early church read it, as evidenced most clearly in Paul’s use of verse 18 in Ephesians 4:8-13. […]

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Psalm 47

Easter 7B

This is the last Sunday of the Easter season, but I want to focus on Christ’s Ascension, which some parts of the church celebrated last Thursday.  If your church did that, you can skip what follows.  But if your church is among the many churches that had no special service in celebration of that […]

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John 20:1-18

Easter Day C

[…] his eyes. Now that she had this beloved Lord with her once more, she never wanted to lose him again. Yet Jesus said she had to. The ascension had to happen, and if there would be no holding onto Jesus before the ascension, we are now living witnesses to the fact that there is […]

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Acts 1:6-14

Easter 7A

On this Seventh Sunday of the Easter season, it is fitting that the first reading is about the Ascension of Jesus.  There is a real sense in which Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension are two parts of one glorious act; he rose from the dead and he kept rising into heaven.  Between the two […]

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John 20:1-18

Easter Day C

[…] his eyes.  Now that she had this beloved Lord with her once more, she never wanted to lose him again.  Yet Jesus said she had to. The ascension had to happen, and if there would be no holding onto Jesus before the ascension, we are now living witnesses to the fact that there is […]

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Luke 24:36-48

Easter 3B

[…] Observations The end of Luke’s Gospel sums it all up pretty well.   In swift strokes of Luke’s quill, we move from Easter Sunday evening directly to the Ascension of Jesus (just beyond the bounds of this lection).   We learn from Luke’s other New Testament contribution, Acts, that Jesus lingered in physical form for a […]

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Luke 24:36-48

Easter 3B

The end of Luke’s Gospel sums it all up pretty well.  In swift strokes of Luke’s quill, we move from Easter Sunday evening directly to the Ascension of Jesus (just beyond the bounds of this lection).  We learn from Luke’s other New Testament contribution, Acts, that Jesus lingered in physical form for a good […]

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