Acts 1:6-14
The 7th Sunday of Easter

Our walk through the season of Easter is quickly heading toward its culmination and conclusion with the celebration of Pentecost next week.  Before we get there, though, this week we'll stand with Jesus' followers as he ascends into heaven and they (and we) are assured that the Spirit will empower them (and us) to be witnesses throughout the earth.  As we'll hear in this week's scripture reading from Acts, the disciples were told not to gaze up into heaven to look for Jesus; neither should they dream simply about past glories.  God, made known in the risen Christ, is still out ahead of us, calling us into God's own future with purpose, presence, and power.