It’s the day after Pentecost. The Spirit has arrived and is living and weaving among us. And now it’s time to take the first step of Being the Church. Pentecost is often described as the birth of the Church, the moment when the Spirit came and settled on people from all over the world. It’s called the Birth of the Church because this is the moment when the disciples took that first step into the unknown.

The Ascension of Jesus is a strange story at first glance. Jesus is air-lifted into the heavens and we’re left with a collage of clouds and sunlight. To be clear, it is a strange story. And, when we look at this story in the context of all of Jesus’ other interactions, blessings, healings, actually feels pretty consistent with what we've experienced of Jesus thus far.