High above our Main Street doors, all but hidden by the gallery and its railings is Emmanuel’s Ascension Window. It depicts the moment where Jesus returns to heaven, 40 days after rising to life again on Easter. It is a moment of tremendous theological importance: henceforth the mission that Jesus began will no longer be focused on his words and actions, but those of his disciples, empowered and inspired by the Holy Spirit, which will arrive in a big way ten days later on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost.
Mentioned in four of the prayers we say to bless the bread and wine of Holy Communion, the commemoration of this event often gets short shrift because it always falls on a Thursday.
Not so this year!
Emmanuel Church will host a Celebration of the Ascension this year, inviting the other Episcopal churches in Harford County and joining with local congregations from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
A joint choir will lead the singing and offer an anthem as part of the celebration, and Lutheran and Episcopal laity and clergy will participate, in what we expect to be an annual affair.
The service is scheduled for Ascension Thursday, 5 May 2016, 7:00 PM at Emmanuel Church (directions and parking information above). Please plan to join us!