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Service for Ascension

May 24, 2020





 Introduction to the day

In today’s readings the risen Christ ascends into heaven and his followers are assured that the Spirit will empower them to be witnesses throughout the earth. The disciples were told to not gaze up into heaven to look for Jesus (Acts 1:11); we find his presence among us as we proclaim the word and share the Easter feast. We too long for the Spirit to enliven our faith and invigorate our mission.



Welcome and Announcements



Confession and Forgiveness 

Blessed be the Holy Trinity, one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth, our light and our salvation.  Amen.



Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.  Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.


Silence is kept for reflection.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.


For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.  Amen.


In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.




The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  And also with you.


Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.

Almighty God, your only Son was taken into the heavens and in your presence intercedes for us. Receive us and our prayers for all the world, and in the end bring everything into your glory, through Jesus Christ, our Sovereign and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Gospel: Luke 24:44-53

On the day of his ascension, Jesus leaves his disciples with a commission, a blessing, and a promise of the Holy Spirit.


44[Jesus said to the eleven and those with them,] “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
50Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

The gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, O Christ.


YOung People's message


Sermon    Pastor Sarah Lee-Faulkner


Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


Prayers of Intercession

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

Living God, you chose us to be your witnesses in the world. We pray for the church in every place and the congregations in our community (especially). Focus our hearts and minds on the ministry we share in your name. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Loving God, all creation sings praise to you. You delight in the oceans, and the mountains are your throne. Teach us humility and respect for our home. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Sovereign God, you rule the heavens, the earth, and time itself. Make this a time of justice, peace, and solidarity among all nations and peoples, so that oppression and violence rule no more. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


Tender God, we wait with hope for your presence to heal us, bless us, restore us, and give us peace. You know all the names of those suffering for whom we pray this day (especially). Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


Gentle God, you guide us as we seek wisdom. We pray for teachers, professors, theologians, day care workers, and all those charged with teaching the young and old. Give them endurance and persistence in their valuable work. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


Here other intercessions may be offered.


Here other intercessions may be offered.


Dylan                         Michael                        Tim                   Nancy            Kevin                         Gloria                          Tarin               Ivonne            Jeff                           Norma                         Christine          Dorothy                             Mike                           Terry                           Fran                  Michael                        Glenda                       Adrienne                     Patty                Ronald

Charles                      George                         Beverly            Samantha

Amy                           Nick                            Kathy                Mary                    Chris                         Karen                          Frank                 Maureen 

Dean                           Kim                              Jim                    Joseph            Molly                        Beau                           Jacob                Annette         

Craig                         Tara                           Colleen           Nick               Michael and Jennifer   Bill and Joanne            Lois & Art        Amanda and Cory                          Sarah                          Bobbie              Marie              John                          Ben and Ellie               Carol                Erik                                   Angie


Infinite God, your inheritance given to all your saints is your presence in our life and in our death. We remember with thanksgiving the faithful departed (especially Helena, mother of Constantine). Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.



The peace of the Lord be with you always.  And also with you.


*Offering Prayer 

Merciful God, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given

us- our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 


*Great Thanksgiving

P   The Lord be with you.        C   And also with you.

P   Lift up your hearts.            C   We lift them to the Lord.

P   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

C   It is right to give our thanks and praise.



It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places gives thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ.  You call your people to cleanse their hearts and prepare with joy for the paschal feast, that renewed in the gift of baptism, we may come to the fullness of your grace. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


*Holy, Holy, Holy 


Holy, holy, holy Lord.  God of power and might.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. 

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

*Thanksgiving at the Table 

Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son,

who reached out to heal the sick and suffering,

who preached good news to the poor,

and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all.


In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Remembering, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension,

we await his coming in glory.

Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord,

and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food,

the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord;

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be all honor and glory, now and forever.  Amen.


*Lord’s Prayer 

Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.


*Invitation to Communion 

Walk Up Communion is available on Holy Trinity’s porch Sundays anytime between Noon and 2:00.


*Prayer after Communion 

Let us pray.

Life-giving God, you have fed us with your word, and our hearts burn within us. Through this meal you have opened us to your presence. Now send us forth to share the gifts of Easter with all in need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



May God who has brought us from death to life fill you with great joy. Almighty God, Father,  Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.



HYMN   # 890   Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

1    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;

     he is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;

     he has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword:

     his truth is marching on.


     Glory, glory! Hallelujah!

     Glory, glory! Hallelujah!

     Glory, glory! Hallelujah!

     His truth is marching on.

2    He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;

     he is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment seat.

     Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer him; be jubilant, my feet!

     Our God is marching on.  Refrain

3    In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,

     with a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me.

     As he died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,

     while God is marching on.  Refrain

Text: Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910



Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed.  Alleluia!

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!


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