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Gone, but Still Present

Today  (Thursday, May 25th) is  Ascension Day , one of only seven "Principal Feast" days.  (Principal feasts are the big ones, the others being  Easter  Day, The Day of  Pentecost ,  Trinity  Sunday,  All Saints  Day,  Christmas  Day, and The  Epiphany ).  With Memorial Day being Monday,  this weekend  is usually recognized as Memorial Day weekend.  That means  this Sunday  can pose a bit of a challenge for churches, and preachers. Officially, it's the seventh Sunday of Easter, and is still  Easter season /the resurrected Jesus is still with us.  Unofficially, it's the Sunday after Ascension Day, and we hear, in our lessons, about Jesus'  ascension  into/back into heaven, and the disciples' being promised that they'll soon receive the Holy Spirit -- but that doesn't come/is not celebrated until next Sunday, June 4th, Pentecost Sunday.  Culturally, it's a major national holiday weekend, a time to not only  remember , but to honor and giv