Prayers & Worship for the Ascension of Jesus – May 24th

Worship at Home for May 24th (Zoom edition)

PRAYER OF PREPARATION                     
Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
INVITATORY RESPONSES                               
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
May his grace and peace be with us.
May he fill our hearts with joy.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.
INVITATORY PSALM                                                                                      
The Lord is our light and our life: O come, let us worship.

Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great king above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his for he made it,
and his hands have moulded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the
sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
The Lord is our light and our life: O come, let us worship.
Reading-    EPHESIANS 1:15-23                                                                            
Introduction: Having heard of the faith and love of the Christians in Ephesus, Paul gives thanks and prays that they will know the rich hope to which they are called in Jesus.

A reading from Ephesians 1:15-23

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Hear the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 47                                                                                                                      Introduction: In this psalm all peoples are called to joyful praise of the Lord because he is king over all the earth.

Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with a cry of joy.
For the Lord Most High is to be feared; he is the great king over all the earth.

He subdues the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet.
He chooses our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the ram’s-horn.
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our king, sing praises.

For God is king of all the earth; sing praises with all your skill.
God reigns over the nations; God sits upon his holy throne.
The nobles of the peoples have gathered together with the people of the God of Abraham.

The rulers of the earth belong to God, and he is highly exalted.

Prayer after the Psalm
Blessed are you, God of all the earth; you have called us out of
every people and nation to be a royal priesthood and citizens of
your holy city. May our words of praise call the world to turn to
the joy of fellowship with you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gospel-      LUKE 24:44-53                                                                                      
Introduction: After rising from the dead Jesus appeared to his disciples repeatedly over the course of 40 days, teaching them about God’s kingdom and telling them to remain in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit. As his witnesses, they are to proclaim repentance and forgiveness in his name even to the ends of the earth.

The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 24:44-53.
Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to 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.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And 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.” Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

The gospel of Christ.
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Affirmation of Faith-                                                                                               Together let us proclaim the core of the Christian faith, shared by Christians throughout the ages and around the world, and expressed in the words of the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He 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,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again
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.
The Prayers                                                                                                                        
Let us pray to the God the Father, in the name of Jesus the Son, and in the power of the Holy Spirit saying: Your kingdom come.
God of our salvation,
hope of all the ends of the earth,
we pray:
Your kingdom come.
That the world may know Jesus Christ
as the Prince of Peace,
we pray:
Your kingdom come.
That all who are estranged and without hope
may be brought near in the blood of Christ,
we pray:
Your kingdom come.
That the Church may be one in serving
and proclaiming the gospel,
we pray:
Your kingdom come.
That we may be bold to speak the word of God
while you stretch out your hand to save,
we pray:
Your kingdom come.
That the Church may be generous in giving,
faithful in serving, bold in proclaiming,
we pray:
Your kingdom come.
That the Church may welcome and support
all whom God calls to faith,
we pray:
Your kingdom come.
That all who serve the gospel may be kept in safety
while your word accomplishes its purpose,
we pray:
Your kingdom come.
That all who suffer for the gospel
may know the comfort and glory of Christ,
we pray:
Your kingdom come.
That the day may come when every knee shall bow
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
we pray:
Your kingdom come.
Almighty God,
your ascended Son has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Collect                                                                                                          Almighty God,
your Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord.
Keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of his peace,
and bring the whole of creation
to worship at his feet,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                 
Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray as our Saviour taught us,

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,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and
the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.