A blessed Thursday to you all. This morning as I was driving to the church, I was listening to the news. It sounds as though we are in for a hot few days. As we enter into these hot few months, don't forget the importance of drinking plenty of water. Try to stay cool in the midst of the day.
Don't forget today is Ascension, please join us the evening for Holy Communion at 6 pm. There will be a brief time of fellowship following, for those who wish to participate in that.
Brunch Sunday is coming up; it will be on May 27th, Trinity Sunday, so read the Athanasius Creed and enjoy a delicious luncheon.
We are continuing our study of the 39 Articles of Religion. So far the discussion has been excellent as we talk about what each point means and how we apply them today. While we will not finish this before the end of May, we will be taking a break for the summer months and resume our study in September.
We have three sessions left of For the Life of the World. You can still join us for Evensong, our viewing of the next episode and lively conversation at 6 pm on Wednesday.
Summer Psalms Series
This summer I will be preaching through some of the Psalms. The Psalms are one of the greatest gifts to God's people. Not only are they the oldest hymnal and prayer book, but they also teach us how to pray, how to worship, and about the nature of God. This summer we will be focusing on what the Psalms tell us about the nature of God. It should be an engaging series, and I hope and pray that I can kindle the same love for the Psalms that I have, in all of you. If you have friends, who are wondering about the nature of God, who the Bible says he is, and why it's so important to you, this might be a good time to invite them!
Why Celebrate the Ascension
The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews wrote "Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:14-16) In this, we see the theological importance of Christ's ascension into heaven. He lived the perfect life but experienced the same pain, and trails that you and I struggle through daily. Now he is in heaven, seated at the right hand of the father. He can empathize with us, and intercede for us. It is essential and good for us to remember the truth of his ascension and make a healthy habit of recalling the goodness of it both as it comes about annually, and daily when we go to our knees in prayer.
I hope to see you all this evening, and as always, I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church