Dear Trinity Family,
Here’s today’s devotion from our synod.
They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
The question seems ridiculous, doesn’t it? “Why are we standing here staring up into the sky? Are you kidding? Did you not see what we just saw? Of course, we’re going to be staring into the sky, because that was amazing!”
But then came the exciting announcement. “He’s coming back, you know. And he’s coming back in the same way you saw him go into heaven!”
And just how had they seen him go into heaven?
He had gone up as the powerful one, the one who could simply cause himself to lift off the earth and go up into the sky.
He had gone up with his hands raised in blessing. They could be sure that when he returned, he would not come in terror but to bless his people.
He had gone up showing them his nail-scarred hands, reminding them that their sins were forgiven. They could be sure that when he returned, those same nail-scarred hands would welcome them home to heaven.
The ascension was the last sight that Jesus’ disciples got of him. And in a way, it’s the last time we “see” him, too.
And maybe there’s one more reason that Jesus left us with this sight of him; so that we would hunger for his return! For us believers, Jesus’ return will be wonderful! Oh yes, he’s coming back powerfully, those hands are going to be up, blessing us! Because those hands bear the nail marks, the proof that you are forgiven, that your eternal home is in heaven. That’s what we will see!
Yeah, I guess I can kind of “get” why Jesus ascended the way he did. What a sight!
Wow! What a sight that will be!
O Savior, remind me of your ascension that I might eagerly await that day when you return to take me to heaven. Amen.
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Here’s the link for this Sunday’s service: https://youtu.be/JzzcIn-tskQ
or you can find it on our website here: https://trinitymarinette.com/sermon-archive/385/
or you can watch it on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TrinityEvLutheranChurchWisSynod
Here’s this week’s bulletin announcements: https://trinitymarinette.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-05-17-Announcements-The-Sixth-Sunday-of-Easter.pdf
Worship on Pentecost – May 31/June 1
Have you signed up for worship yet? Our first Worship will be on May 31. Service times – 8am, 10am, and 1pm, and Monday at 6pm. With social distancing, we can have at least 60 people in the sanctuary at the same time if we include the balcony.
Click here to sign up for one of the services, or you can respond to this email or call Pastor or call the church office to let us know which service you prefer. Pastor and Lynn will also be calling people to sign up.
Thank you to everybody who has already signed up!
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran School Graduation/Closing Service is on May 28 at 6:00pm. The service will be held in church. We’re limiting the service to immediate family. But you can watch the closing service when we post it online. It will include the distribution of diplomas, a message from the Pastor and the Principal and a couple of songs by the faculty! We’ll send you the link when it’s up!
June 14 at 11:00 a.m.
In the sanctuary
We’ll observe social distancing
If you know of someone who would like the service on DVD or the audio on CD, please let us know.
If you would like to support the Lord’s work at Trinity, you may contribute at trinitymarinette.com/contribute or you can mail it to
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
1501 Thomas St.
Marinette, WI 54143