St Michael & All Angels

Sharing God's Love

Reflection for this week

24th May – Sunday after Ascension Day

Lord, speak to us
that we may hear your word.
Move among us
  that we may behold your glory.
Receive our prayers
  that we may learn to trust you.

The Collect for Easter 7
Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.

Bible passage: Acts 1, 6–11

So when they had come together, they (the disciples) 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.’

Reflection by Rev’d Stephen Hardy

If there is one thing that must be characterising all our thoughts at this time, it must be along the lines of ‘When is this going to end?’ And along with that go other questions: ‘When will we get out again?’ ‘When can we hug our loved ones?’ ‘Will we get a summer holiday?’ ‘When will the church be open again?’

The disciples must have been thinking similar thoughts. Their hopes had been totally dashed by the cross, and then raised again on that amazing Easter Sunday. Jesus had been coming, and then going again. Life felt like an emotional switchback ride, and now he speaks about going for good. So, they ask each other: ‘What is He up to? When are things going to change? Will everything get sorted out soon?’

The answer to both our questions today, and theirs 2,000 years ago, are almost the same! God is at work, but it is not for us to know His timetable. All we have to do is be faithful, trusting that He is in control.

It is, of course, very hard to just hold on in there when the future is completely uncertain. We like to know. But we are given a promise … we are never alone. God gives his Holy Spirit to be our guide, our strength, and our enabler.

If we are sincerely seeking to follow the Christian way, it’s not a matter of ‘trying’ to live a better life. It’s all about relaxing, and allowing God’s Spirit to come into our lives, to direct us, to inspire us, and to equip us to live His way in the present moment. Suddenly everything else comes into a different perspective.


Please continue to pray for all those affected by Covid-19, for medical staff and all those who serve us in various ways, and for teachers and pupils as the return to school is discussed and planned.

Christ our King make you faithful and strong to do his will, that you may reign with him in glory; and the blessing God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you today and always. Amen.

This song encourages us to worship and trust God, whatever is actually going on around us.
We invite you to listen to Blessed be your name (Matt Redman)

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