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My brothers and sisters,
When I enter into Luke’s record of the Ascension, I find myself relating to the disciples' encounter with Jesus, especially the mixture of awe, wonderment and loss all combined as they released Jesus into the Father’s hands, “And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.” (Luke 24:52-53) Their earthly journey with Jesus ended gloriously, but it still ended. The blessing they received in His ascension was the blessing they returned to Him, and because they went to the temple, their witness to Jesus was observed, nay encountered, by all those who approached the temple because it was the center not only of the religious life of God’s people, but a center of life as they knew it.
In our day, the church buildings are not now, at least usually, the center of community life, so even when we are able to use them again for worship, they will still not likely be the center of community life.
- Where else can we worship?
- Where else can we gather, socially distanced, to praise Him?
- Where else might be available to you in your community so that your worship of God might be public and observed, because there are those who seek Him and many live nearby?
Imagine neighborhoods as small community centers!
Imagine the online platforms you have been using as a community center!
Imagine open spaces—beaches, parks, large museums or open-air courtyards, hiking trails and farmer’s markets—as community centers!
The disruption we have all experienced on some level has given rise to opportunity because the routines and patterns of conscious and unconscious resistance have been broken. Give Jesus’ words incarnate life, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations…" including ours, today and tomorrow and the next day. To God be the glory through Him who ascends!
The Lord bless and keep you as you lead from your knees,
Read the full letter here.