THURSDAY (May 21, 2020)
The Ascension of Our Lord
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Baptism…now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” (1 Peter 3:21)

Reading
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.” (1 Peter 3:17–22)

Meditation
Baptism saves you by giving you a good conscience before God. God delivers Jesus death and resurrection to you in Holy Baptism, and so Jesus’ holy and righteous life is now yours. The suffering that we face today is but a shadow and leftover image of what was done once for all. It is reflected suffering, that points us to Christ and His great work for us.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Gloria this day, as she goes about the callings you have given to her. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for The Ascension of Our Lord
Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer