No, I’m not referring to the latest misguided attempt at figuring out when the world will end. Why does it not surprise me that Harold Camping is not admitting defeat even though May 21 came and went without drama, rather he has an explanation with a recalculation to October 21! But enough of that.
Our reading this week was about a very different sort of left behind. When Jesus ascended into the clouds, according to Acts 1:6-14, he left us behind to continue his work, to serve as he served, and to live as he lived. The disciples asked if it was time for them to go with him. The answer was clearly no. It’s not up to us to know the time. And, they were also warned not to be caught looking up into the heavens waiting for his return. Don’t look for me in the heavens, look for me in the person right next to you.
Yes, we were left behind. We were left behind for the good of the world.
This message comes just as we are heading into summer. I’ve learned to really appreciate summer since I moved to Cleveland — the warm and sunny days are precious indeed after a harsh winter. I’ve also been told that many churches drastically cut back on programming because people just don’t come in the summer.
I’ve never been a believer in a 9 month gospel so we at Disciples Christian Church are not only continuing our two Sunday morning worship services at 9 and 11, our Prime Time (10:00) will NOT go on its usual summer hiatus. We don’t expect to change anyone’s vacation plans just because there is something going on at church. Vacations are important to finding balance in our busy lives. But, we are inviting and encouraging everyone to spend their staycations with us! Staycations are about taking full advantage of what home has to offer. And home is where your church is. Or, maybe it’s that you are at home when you are at church!
Jesus also said in this passage that we are to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. So with that in mind, we are going global this summer. We have so many world travelers in our congregation — and whether they have travelled for pleasure or education or mission, they are eager to share their experiences with us this summer. Each week a new presentation about a different destination by one of our own. There’s a buzz about this unlike anything I’ve experienced during the summer at any church. At our kick-off brunch yesterday, we all got our passports, and we’re ready to travel. It’s a great way to get to know one another better — as traveling companions in Christ’s name.
Disciples Go Global. Starting this week with our Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar, continuing through Ecuador, Mexico, France, China, and other destinations being added each week now through September. We’re ready to travel the world from the comfort of our home — our growing congregation!
Summer blessings –