Bible Story: Acts 1:1-11
Luke Writes Another Book
1 Dear Theophilus,
The first book I wrote was about everything Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2 until the day he was carried up into heaven. Before he went, he talked to the apostles he had chosen. With the help of the Holy Spirit, he told them what they should do. 3 This was after his death, but he showed them that he was alive, proving it to them in many ways. The apostles saw Jesus many times during the 40 days after he was raised from death. He spoke to them about God’s kingdom. 4 One time when Jesus was eating with them, he told them not to leave Jerusalem. He said, “Wait here until you receive what the Father promised to send. Remember, I told you about it before. 5 John baptized people with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus Is Carried Up Into Heaven
6 The apostles were all together. They asked Jesus, “Lord, is this the time for you to give the people of Israel their kingdom again?”
7 Jesus said to them, “The Father is the only one who has the authority to decide dates and times. They are not for you to know. 8 But the Holy Spirit will come on you and give you power. You will be my witnesses. You will tell people everywhere about me—in Jerusalem, in the rest of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.”
9 After Jesus said this, he was lifted up into the sky. While they were watching, he went into a cloud, and they could not see him. 10 They were staring into the sky where he had gone. Suddenly two men wearing white clothes were standing beside them. 11 They said, “Men from Galilee, why are you standing here looking into the sky? You saw Jesus carried away from you into heaven. He will come back in the same way you saw him go.”
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International, retrieved from biblegateway.com
Questions: ELCA Book of Faith Devotional Questions
What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this story? What do I have questions about?
What delights me about this story? What is my favorite part, and why?
What stories or memories does this text stir up in me? It might be a time when I had to say goodbye to someone, for example.
What is God up to in this story? What is God calling me to do or to be because of this story?
Dear Jesus, we thank you for coming to earth to save us, and for returning to heaven to prepare a place for us. Send us your Holy Spirit, so that we may always follow where you lead. In your name we pray, Amen.
Activity: Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
When we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus, it is a great time to tell the whole story of Jesus; to remember where he has been and where he is going. A great way to do that is through the song “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High” by Rick Founds.
First, download the file with all the symbols you will need to tell the story. You can find the file here: https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/ascension-sunday-2020-lord-i-lift-your-name-on-high.pdf
Next, color the symbols and cut them out. You can mount them to popsicle sticks with double-sided tape or glue, if desired.
Then, look up the lyrics to the song. See if you can use your symbols and the words to tell the whole story of Jesus saving the world! You can find a copy of the lyrics here: http://www.divinehymns.com/lyrics/lord-i-lift-your-name-on-high-song-lyrics/
If you want to get your whole body moving, sing and dance along with this video:
A blessed Ascension Sunday to you and yours! If you would like more great ideas on how to celebrate the Ascension at Home, check out this post by buildfaith.org: https://buildfaith.org/celebrating-ascension-day-at-home/