Finally, the warm weather is upon us and gardening and other spring activities are possible. While we’ve already had the May long weekend, this Sunday is May 24th which brings to mind the song I say as a kid, “The twenty-fourth of May / Is the Queen’s birthday; / If they don’t give us a holiday / We’ll all run away!”
Just to show my age, I will remind us that the Queen being referenced is not Queen Elizabeth, but Queen Victoria (and no, I’m not THAT old). But I did grow up when the May long weekend was called Victoria Day. A favourite family activity was always back yard fire works ending with “burning the schoolhouse”; while that may not sound appropriate, it really was the symbol that told us that summer holidays were not far away.
In the church calendar, this Sunday is Ascension Sunday (Ascension Day being May 21, the 40th day of Easter). The 40 days reminds us that the resurrected Christ met with the disciples on several occasions. Ascension Day is one of the earliest Christian festivals dating back to 68 CE. It commemorates the day that Jesus took his friends to the Mount of Olives and there, they watched him ascend into the heavens.
To celebrate Ascension Day, we will read Acts 1:1-11. The sermon title is “Not here” and hymns will be 792 “Let us hope when hope seems hopeless” and 267 “Rejoice, the Lord is King” as well as the hymn of the month “We walk in love”. Mark Gedcke is singing “Through it all” by Andrae Crouch, and Mary Catherine Pazzano is singing “Simple Song” by Leonard Bernstein.
We hope you will join us for worship this Sunday, May 24th by listening on the radio or livestreaming.
Grace and peace to you,
Linda Ashfield, Associate Minister
Note: The choir’s song “Precious Lord, take my hand” is on the Knox YouTube Channel and wins the prize for most views – over 400!