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  • "Ascended and Still Present" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Acts 1:1-11 and Ephesians 1:15-23)

    05/20/2020 9:12:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 21, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Ascended and Still Present” (Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:15-23) Where is Jesus, and what is he doing? That’s a good question to ask on this Ascension Day. Where did Jesus go when he ascended, and what is he doing now? Alright, you say, I know the answer to that; we just confessed it in the Creed: “He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” OK, fine, but what’s the big deal about that? Is that enough to have a whole special festival service, to come out and have church on a Thursday? Well, I...
  • "Ascension Joy" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Luke 24:44-53)

    05/30/2019 12:44:44 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 30, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Ascension Joy” (Luke 24:44-53)How did you feel about going to church this evening? Were you happy and excited? If you were happy, were you more excited about the service or the ice cream social afterward? C’mon, admit it! No, seriously, did coming to an Ascension service tonight spark joy for you? Or were you instead a little grumpy about having to go to church on a Thursday night? Did you focus on the joy of being able to be in the presence of God, to hear his Word and receive the blessed Sacrament? Or did you complain about one more...
  • "The Ascension: Past, Present, and Future" (Sermon for the Ascension of our Lord, on Eph. 1:15-23)

    05/10/2018 12:27:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 10, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Ascension: Past, Present, and Future” (Ephesians 1:15-23) Today we’re having church on a Thursday. That’s because we’re celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord, a major festival in the church year that always falls on a Thursday. And that’s because the event it celebrates came forty days after Easter. It was that marvelous occasion when our Lord Jesus Christ, after his resurrection, ascended into heaven. And tonight we will see that this great event connects, ties together, the past, the present, and the future work of Christ. Because it does, our Lord’s ascension has great importance for us, for our...
  • "Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Luke 24, Acts 1)

    05/25/2017 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 25, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11) Welcome to the Forgotten Festival! Today is Ascension Day, or, as it’s more properly called, the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. But there is reason to call it, as I say, the “Forgotten” Festival. Because even though Ascension Day is classed in the church year as a major festival, which means it’s a day for all churches to hold the Divine Service of Word and Sacrament, the sad fact is that in recent decades many congregations and many Christians have forgotten all about celebrating this important festival. It used...
  • "The Past, Present, and Future of the Ascension" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord)

    05/14/2015 9:31:15 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 14, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Past, Present, and Future of the Ascension” (Luke 24:44-53; Ephesians 1:15-23; Acts 1:1-11)“He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.” That’s what we just confessed about our Lord Jesus Christ, isn’t it? This portion of the Apostles’ Creed captures what this day, Ascension Day, is all about. These three things: He ascended into heaven. He sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again. A past act. A present reality. And a future hope. And all...
  • "All Things under His Feet" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Ephesians 1:15-23)

    05/29/2014 2:56:27 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 29, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “All Things under His Feet” (Ephesians 1:15-23) Today is the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, always forty days after Easter, thus always on a Thursday. On Ascension Day we celebrate what Christ’s ascending into heaven means for us as the church. It means many things, certainly, and we could focus on many aspects of this great event: For instance, on how, after his resurrection and before his ascension, Jesus opened the minds of his disciples to understand the Scriptures, that they are fulfilled in his death and resurrection, and how he told them to preach repentance and forgiveness...
  • "What to Preach and Where to Reach" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Luke 24 and Acts 1)

    05/17/2012 9:02:42 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 17, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What to Preach and Where to Reach” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11)Today is Ascension Day, that glorious day when our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, where he now sits at the right hand of the Father and from where he will come again on the last day. Ascension Day, which occurred forty days after Easter and thus on a Thursday, which is why we always have service on this day of the week at this time of the year. The Ascension of Our Lord is a major festival in the church year, because it marks such a momentous event. Forty...
  • "A Place for Jim" (Funeral sermon on John 14:1-6)

    05/17/2012 12:16:08 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 17, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Place for Jim” (John 14:1-6)When someone we love leaves us, it can be very painful for us. Our heart aches. That person we know and love is no longer with us, and we miss him. That’s what we’re experiencing now with our brother Jim. We miss him now, and we will continue to miss him. Husband, father, friend, fellow church member--Jim Stewart was someone we got to know, and we liked him, and now he won’t be around anymore to share our company. That hurts, and understandably so. Even when we had months to get ready for this week--we...
  • Christ has ASCENDED. Alleluia & Alleluia.

    05/05/2005 8:46:29 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 116+ views
    The Prayer Book Society: News [1928 BCP] ^ | 5/05/2005 | The Rev. Dr. Peter Toon
    In words from the Collect for the Ascension Day: “we do believe thy only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to have ascended into the heavens.” And from the Preface for the Ascension Day: “in their sight he ascended up into heaven to prepare a place for us; that where he is, thither we might also ascend and reign with him in glory.” Finally from the Acts of the Apostles: “While they beheld, he was taken up and a cloud received him out of their sight.” The only-begotten Son of the Father was made man in the womb of the Blessed...