Jesus ascended into heaven to be there to welcome us. He has prepared a place for us. He will come again when we die to receive us so that we may be where he is.
Some of us find it extremely difficult to go to a party where we know no one, indeed where we discover we are not even invited. But when we die the reception will be warm. We will be expected and recognised. The Host himself will greet us with God’s beaming smile.
This “place” (v.2) is described variously. In this passage the image of a Mansion is used – plenty of space and hospitality. Elsewhere it is described as a “new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1) suggesting an environment of nature and animals. Again, the image of a “City” is used (Revelation 21:10) indicating many people.
Not only has our Lord prepared a place for us, but he also will come again to take us to be with him (v. 3). When we die we will not be lost, wandering and wondering how to get there. He is the Way (v.6) and will show us the way.
St Paul explains: “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives” (Ephesians 4:8). Our Lord will save us from “this body of death” (Romans 7:24); our captivity to sin will be ended, and in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:22) we shall be changed. Hallelujah, what a saviour!
Thank you that heaven is big enough to include me, and broad enough to include all sorts. Amen.
Good news! The new church notice board for the churchyard has been erected and looks splendid. This board contains service times and contact details and also provides space for posters.
This completes the communication project which has included the introduction of the Today sheet, a name change and development of the magazine Together, our amazing website, reordering the notices in the tower area and at back of church, the well received messages boards and the new notice board.
Lots of folk have contributed to this project over 9 years – thank you – we are very proud of the results.
Mick Polley has finished his three years as Church Warden and his replacement will be elected today. We will miss him greatly but thank him for all he has done. His term of office officially finishes at the Bishop’s Visitation which will be held at St Mary Magdalene’s on Wednesday 13th May at 7.00pm. This is when the new Church Wardens will be commissioned.
Last Wednesday, a party of us went on a Signature trip to see Oakham Treasures near Bristol. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day reminding ourselves of things past. The collection is vast and comprehensive and is well displayed.
The next Signature event is a guided tour around Somerset Museum followed by refreshments. This takes place on Wednesday 20th May at 2.30pm and all that is required is a signature on a sheet at the back of Church. Signature events have proved very popular in the last couple of years and several more are being planned.
On Sunday 3rd May at 4.00pm we have the Annual Parish Church Meeting where we review the year, look forward to the challenges ahead, thank those who have worked hard at St Mary Magdalene’s, and elect the PCC, Deanery Synod Reps and the Church Wardens.