Ascension: Luke 24: 44-53
Games are where we learn about “our turn.” Last Monday, at the Memorial Day softball game, I watched one of our younger players eagerly step up to bat. But his dad stepped in saying, “It’s not your turn yet, others need to bat first.” This young boy was so eager to play, he could not wait for “his turn” at the bat. Board games typically have a rhythm of play to determine who’s “turn” it is to roll dice or flip cards.
We learn as adults when it is our “turn” to host a holiday meal, to drive in a car pool, and even lead groups. This past week the Covenant lost a great leader, Rev. Jim Hawkinson. Jim was a long standing family friend, pastor, editor of the Covenant Companion, editor of the blue hymnal we have, musician, historian, story teller and “keeper of the flame” of the core value of the Covenant heritage. In talking with a friend in Minnesota about Jim’s life and the deaths of many in his age cohort, she said, “Well, I guess it’s your turn now.” I know she did not mean it was my turn to die, but carry on the tradition Jim loved so much. My reaction was almost a recoil. I can’t do that. Nobody can replace or fill the shoes of a person like Jim Hawkinson.
Think of those formative leaders in your spiritual life; the ones you looked up to and shaped your heart in many ways. For some of us, they are still living and active forces. We can easily develop a habitual dependence on these great teachers, mentors, missionaries and leaders. The question is: when is it your turn?
The text for this coming Sunday is Luke 24:44-52. This is the story of the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. But it’s also the story of the disciples hearing the news that it’s their turn now. As you prepare for worship on Sunday, reflect on those times and places where you have realized and stepped up to your turn.
1. An Inquirer’s Class will be held Sunday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. If anyone needs childcare, please contact Don Johnson on the patio after worship.
2. Did you know that there is an informal picnic every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. on the lawn at the Mission rose garden. All are welcome, bring your own picnics and meet new friends!
3. Sunday is the last day to sign up for remaining tickets to the Solvang Theater on June 25. See the table on the patio. All payments are due June 9th.
4. Budget Update as of May 31, 2011
a. Income Needed YTD: $296,346
b. Income Received (%YTD needed): $338,668 (114.3%)
c. Expenses YTD: $261,037 (+$77,631)