May 24, 2020 – 7th Sunday of Easter

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Jesus ascending

The Ascension

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Acts 1:6–14

6When [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But 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." 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward 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."

12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away. 13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Prayer of the Day

O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Becoming a Good Steward

Reuse. Opt to wrap gifts in a reusable bag instead of wrapping paper. Wrapping paper can only be used once while gift bags can be reused. You can give a festively concealed gift and care for creation at the same time, or you can wrap your presents in newspaper or brown paper and personalize it with your own hand-drawn decorations. Get the kids involved! (Creation Justice Ministries)

Faith in Action

Faith in Action, a partnership of local faith communities in Bloomington-Normal, is having a fundraiser Friday, May 29 that is easy and safe to participate in. Simply use the drive-thru at Jason's deli between 12:00 noon and 10:00 p.m. on Friday and tell the cashier you are participating in the "Drive Thru for Faith in Action" fundraiser. Faith in Action will receive 15% of your purchases.

Jason's Deli
321 S. Veterans Pkwy
Normal, IL 61761

Food Drive

The Mission committee is currently conducting a food collection that will be shared between Safe Harbor and the Midwest Food Bank. We are collecting the following items:

We will have a box just inside the church entrance where you can deposit items. Please do not take items to Megan or Pastor Henrick's office.

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