Sunday, May 04, 2008

Ascension Day

Ascension Day came and went last Thursday.  It's the day in the mainstream Christian calender where Jesus's ascension into Heaven is celebrated.  Ascension day is exciting.  Why?  Because it leaves the ball firmly in our court.  Jesus has come, lived out the Good News and now he has left. Humanity no longer has a guide.  Instead we must reflect, look within ourselves and look out to the world around us.  What is it telling us? What should we be doing? Radio 4 broadcast a cracking service.  Coming live from St Martin in the Field's, it featured a heady (yet strangely well shaped) mix of liberation theology and medieval music.  Preaching was Revd Giles Fraser and his sermon got to the heart of the message of ascension - what is our responsibility?  I would heavily suggest you all click here and listen (warning: this is a time limited link, if you want to listen after the 7 day limit is over let me know) Methodism's very own Turbulent Cleric has stepped up to the challenge of ascension day and delivered a most invigorating sermon about the subject. Take Care Y'All John


  1. Jesus has come, lived out the Good News and now he has left. Humanity no longer has a guide.

    Hi John,

    I think I see what you mean here, but Jesus did promise the Holy Spirit who will remind us of what Jesus taught and to convict the world of sin. But, that is at times harder than following Jesus as bodily present with us.

    Looking forward to the blog launch! Oh, and layout: it is hard to see the 'Post a Comment' button, but I don't know if you have control over that and it may just be the settings on my computer.

  2. Hello Will

    You have neatly summed up what I was aiming at! When the wristbands ask 'what would Jesus do' who do we ask? We ultimately have to ask ourselves and as part of that we can look to the Holy Spirit, the Bible, our mates - wherever we believe we find the answers.

    What causes those answers to be the real answer is where the real religious element kicks in. Anyone can look in a newspaper and say 'that is wrong'. Yet looking at how religions decide what is right or wrong is the interesting bit.

    With Regards


  3. Thanks for the kind comment John.

    It is great to see you back. I will be reading with considerable interest.