Hail the day that sees him rise!

Happy Ascension Day!

Services today at 10am and 7.30pm (sung).

There is a story that when Jesus returned to heaven after his death and resurrection, the Archangel Gabriel was surprised to see him back so soon.  Thirty three years is not a long time, especially when you think about the importance and proportions of the task he had been given to do.

‘Back so soon?’ Gabriel said to Jesus.

‘Well, I would have stayed longer but they crucified me,’ Jesus replied.

‘Oh, so they crucified you,’ said Gabriel. ‘That means you failed.’

‘Not necessarily,’ said Jesus. ‘You see I called together a little group of disciples. They will carry on my work.’

‘And what if they should fail?’ asked Gabriel.

‘I’ve no other plans,’ Jesus answered.

(Flor McCarthy)

4 thoughts on “Hail the day that sees him rise!

  1. The service I went to was, I think, the only one in the 8 parishes (about 2,000 people) of whom there were just a dozen in church. People here just don’t seem to get their heads round weekday services – Maundy Thursday, Ash Wednesday and even Good Friday services are all very badly attended.

  2. Gosh, I think we’ve been here before, haven’t we? How do we get across to people that these are Days of Obligation? We are rapidly becoming a ‘Sunday church’ and I don’t think that’s what He had in mind…

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