The Word became flesh

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A blessed Feast of the Ascension to you, dear friends in Christ. Today, 40 days after Easter, the church celebrates Christ’s ascension into heaven. This may seem like a strange occurrence, as if our Lord is abandoning us to the world, but in fact, Christ is doing no such thing.

Rather, Christ’s ascension brings him closer to his people through his establishment of the Christian church on earth. Just as Christ gathered with his assembled people while sitting among them, so does he gather with us today when the church assembles. Christ has instituted his church on earth so that he may comfort us with his bodily presence when we little Christians bodily assemble together.

Read the complete pastor's column in the May 21 Advance.

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