As we gather around the Communion table today, we must remember not only our risen Lord's first words to those who love him, but also his last ones:
"Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
"See, I am sending upon you what the Father promised. So stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."
As we follow, we may be suddenly surprised by Jesus' presence. We can be confident that here in Deerfield Beach, and to the ends of the earth the age, the Risen Christ is with us! He offers us his presence, his peace, his power, and his promise!