The Ascension of the Lord - Year A - 24 May 2020
Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20
Haere mai e te whanau, Tëná koutou katoa, a kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Welcome, family, greetings to you all. May the Lord be with you.
God mounts his throne to shouts of joy; a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
Notice - Lockdown Level 2 - Church Remains Closed
Next Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost the birthday of the Church – and today’s feast of the Ascension of Jesus prepares us for the beautiful Pentecost gift of the Holy Spirit given at the end of the Season of Easter. During this Easter season we have all witnessed the appearances of the risen Lord through the kindness and compassion of others both within our faith communities and within wider communities. Last Saturday’s outstanding support of the food bank for Saint Vincent de Paul is but one wonderful example and timely reminder of this presence. Simple prayer, personal sacrifice, thoughtfulness, and heartfelt charity, remind us of the parting words of Jesus, ‘I am with you always, and there is no need to be afraid.