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Parkersburg, Vienna churches to celebrate the Ascension

Photo Provided First Lutheran Church, Christ Lutheran Church and Trinity Episcopal Church will join in a celebration of the Ascension at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fort Boreman Park. Everyone is invited to participate in the service that ends the season of Easter. From left, the Rev. Emilie Theobald-Rowlands of Christ Lutheran Church in Vienna, the Rev. Paul Hicks of Trinity Episcopal in Parkersburg and the Rev. Ian Reid of First Lutheran Church in Vienna.

PARKERSBURG –Three churches are joining in a public service celebrating the Ascension 7 p.m. Thursday at Fort Boreman Park.

Participating are First Lutheran Church of Parkersburg and the Rev. Ian B.Reid, Christ Lutheran Church of Vienna and the Rev. Emilie Theobald-Rowlands and Trinity Episcopal Church of Parkersburg and the Rev. Paul Hicks.

The celebration of Christ’s ascension is a major event in Christendom. This miraculous event took place 40 days after the resurrection, which is celebrated on Easter. The account of Jesus’ ascension is found in the books of Luke and Acts in the Bible.

Jesus gathered His disciples and went to Mount Olivet near Jerusalem. At Mount Olivet, Jesus promised His followers that the Holy Spirit would come to them. He instructed them to remain in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit arrived.

Then Jesus blessed His disciples and as He gave the blessing, He began to ascend into Heaven. Scripture relates that Jesus’ ascension was a literal, bodily return to Heaven. It signaled the end of His earthly ministry.

The annual celebration of the Ascension is open to the public. It has also become a tradition for First Lutheran to follow the service by serving root beer floats.

For more information, call the First Lutheran Church at 304 428-6174.