Church of England Diocese of Manchester Newton Heath

Sunday 16th May 2021, The Ascension of our Lord (transferred)

Moving through the gears

Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, and Ascension take us to fourth gear. Pentecost fifth and Trinity Sunday top. Not a perfect analogy, especially if you’re used to an automatic vehicle, but it reminds us that soon we will be able to ‘cruise’ and that all the stages taking is there are interim but gathered up when we get there.

We have a chance now to think about what Ascension means as Pentecost looms, and may I steer you to Luke’s association of today’s ‘event’ with repentance, as that which ‘goes up’ ‘comes down’ again. Are we ready to receive it?

When we enter Trinity season, that period of Green as we ripen to towards Harvest, we may well have some momentum, but it still requires us to be alert! As we are reminded on the motor-way, it’s not only recommended, but it is essential we take a break sometime to refresh our senses that we may remain vigilant. Look after yourselves. Fr A.


Grant, we pray, almighty God,

that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ

to have ascended into the heavens,

so we in heart and mind may also ascend

and with him continually dwell;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Acts 1.1-11

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.

Luke 24.44-end

Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’

The Ascension of Jesus

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

Cycle of Prayer

Our bishops: David, Mark and Mark
Anglican Communion:
The Anglican Church of Korea
Porvoo Communion:
Church of England: Diocese of Guildford:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark: Diocese of Viborg.
Schools and Colleges
All Saints; St Wilfrid’s; Briscoe Lane Academy; Christ the King;
Co-op Academy Broadhurst; Oldham Blue Coat;
Trinity High School; Hopwood Hall College; St Ambrose College.
Assheton Road, Audax Walk, Averill Street, Ballentine Street, Baltimore Walk, Bardsley Street
Book of Remembrance:
Harry Beswick; William Edwards; Percy Rogers; Elsie Stott;
Norman Booth; Bella Caunt; Elizabeth Owen; Ethel Wally;
Kenneth Irving Gabbadon; Gwendoline Hughes; Delinah Fitton.

Post Communion

God our Father,

you have raised our humanity in Christ

and have fed us with the bread of heaven:

mercifully grant that, nourished with such spiritual blessings,

we may set our hearts in the heavenly places;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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