Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Welcome to worship on this Sunday after Ascension Day and the last Sunday of the Easter Season before Pentecost. I used to think of the Ascensiontide period as a kind of in-between time, as though something was missing. A little like some of the current feeling between the announcement two weeks ago that Allison, James and I will be leaving, but that time of going and then re-starting in Castlemaine is not yet come.
However, neither is Ascensiontide really like that. The Good News of Season of Easter (not one day, but a continuous season) is the realisation that Jesus is always with us. What we do each year around this time is both to remember that fact, but also find continual reassurance that he never leaves us alone, but sends his Holy Spirit to comfort, help and sustain us. We will mark this much more next Sunday as we gather for Pentecost. To add a bit of flair try and remember to wear something red next week. Let us today proclaim the glory and majesty of Christ.
May you journey with Christ this Ascensiontide.
Rev Cannon Ian Howarth is the Rector of the Anglican Parish of St Paul's Kyneton and St John's Malmsbury and is the team leader of the Central Highlands Cluster.