This Sunday we will be celebrating Ascension Day and Mother’s Day, and we will be welcoming Mary Saulnier-Taylor the Executive Director of the Coverdale Centre for Women – our Mission of the Month for the month of May. As you can see we have quite a bit to celebrate this Sunday and a great deal for which to give thanks.
Ascension Day is one of those days in the life of the church which tends to go overlooked most years and yet really it celebrates a mysterious truth that has been absolutely essential to the faith and hope of Jesus’ followers from the very earliest days of the Christian Church.
The mystery we celebrate on Ascension Day is two fold. First, we celebrate the promise that while the Risen Jesus may not be with us physically the way he was with the first disciples over the 40 days following his Resurrection, he is nevertheless still with us by the presence and power of his Spirit. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read about Jesus promising his disciples before his ascension that “I am with you always.” Secondly, we celebrate the truth that God has not only raised Jesus from the dead, but has raised him above “all rule and authority and power and dominion…not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:21). In other words, Jesus is ultimately in charge of it all, and one day – in the “age to come”- his loving authority over all things will be made fully and completely known.
In the meantime, we celebrate and give thanks for his loving authority in our lives. And we give thanks for the gift of mothers, both our biological mothers and those who have been spiritual mothers or like mothers to us in other ways. And we give thanks for and strive to support organizations like the Coverdale Centre for Women which strive to “create a safe environment with empowering opportunities for women of all ages”.
I hope you’re able to join us this week as we celebrate all this and much more together.
Small Group series – Surprised by Hope
Join us as we take a closer look at the power of the Resurrection with Anglican Bishop and world class scholar N.T. Wright.
Wednesday Evenings 7:30 pm
58 Kennebecasis River Road
Mothers’ Union – Decadent Dessert party
May 15 2:00-4:00 pm
Admission is a spring or Nurturing themed gift with a value of $15.00. These gifts will then all be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Mission and Outreach
Celebrate with the Ranson Family
Sunday, May 15, 2-4 p.m.
St. Mary & St. Bartholomew Church
646 Westmorland Rd, Saint John
A party to celebrate the healing of Colin Ranson, 2, who underwent laser brain surgery in Houston, Texas. A generous diocesan fundraising campaign raised over $170,000 to help fund the surgery and related costs.
Best wishes only, refreshments appreciated. More information is available from the Rev. Jasmine Chandra: firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Town Wide Yardsale
8am – 1pm
Cost to be advertised in the brochure is $10.00.
Register at Kredl’s and Village Hair Design during business hours, and at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Mon-Thurs between 9:00-11:00am
Registration ends Sat. May 28th. All proceeds go to send Hampton area children to Camp Medley.
The Diabetic Association truck will collect any donations the day of June 4th between 1-3 pm at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church parking lot.
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