A Message from Pastor Kaji

May 18th,2023 Categories: Weekly Letter

Dear Church,

Last week, I launched my 5-part sermon series on life’s seasons as inspired by the Apostle Paul’s beautiful words:Many of you have asked me for more information on Parker Palmer’s beautiful work. The full piece from which I quoted is available, for free, online, here. I left a lot out, so please do take a closer read! I know that it will inspire you.

This week, our text from the Gospel of Luke is of Jesus’ Ascension. This means many things, including the closing of the Eastertide liturgical season. It also means that we are headed into the longest liturgical season of the church year: Pentecost. Ascension draws us into winter, while Pentecost will take us into spring! When you come to worship, I encourage you to bring your journal, take notes, dig into the season you find yourself in and perhaps the seasons the people around you are in, as well.

Elders will be leading worship and I will preach remotely as I take some time for rest and rejuvenation.

Can’t wait to worship with you!

Pax Christi,
Pastor Kaji

Scripture: Luke 24:46-53 (Year A, p. 323):

46 Then Jesus said to them, “So it is written, the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 Now look! I am sending you the promise of my Abba. You all stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” 50 Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting his hands, he blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, Jesus retreated from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they bowed down and worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53 and they were in the temple every day blessing God.