The Sunday of The Ascension

Bulletin & Readings for Sunday May 16, 2021

This bulletin includes the order of service as well as the readings for Ante-Communion. The items in bold italics are intended for you to speak while you are on the zoom call (while muted), or as you watch along with the video once it has been posted.

Hymn Prelude

H-494 “Crown him with many crowns” Diadimanta
Played by John Cafaro

Used by permission. From Rite Planning.org.; Copyright 2021, Church Publishing Inc. Licensed for Use: CCLI Copyright License 20716203; CCLI Streaming License 20716210

The Word of God

Opening Acclamation

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Saying together…

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The Lessons

Readings Lector: Joan B

The First Reading

Reader: A reading from The Book of Acts 1:1-11

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People: Thanks be to God!

Psalm 93

Voice 1:  Don R       Voice 2:  Hannah A

1 God is Sovereign, clothed in splendid apparel; God is robed in majesty and is girded with strength.
2 God has made the whole world so sure that it cannot be moved;
3 Ever since the world began, your throne has been established; you are from everlasting.
4 The waters have lifted up, O God, the waters have lifted up their voice; the waters have lifted up their pounding waves.
5 Mightier than the sound of many waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea, mightier is the Holy One who dwells on high.
6 Your testimonies are very sure, and holiness adorns your house, O God, for ever and for evermore.

The Second Reading

Readings Lector: Joan B

Reader: The second reading is from the Letter of Paul to the Ephesians: 1:15-23

15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I 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, 18so 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, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God 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, 21far 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. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Reader: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel of Our Savior Jesus Christ: Luke 24:44-53

The Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Glory to you, O Christ.

44[Jesus said to his disciples,] “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.

The Sermon

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through whom all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for (+) the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Intercessor Lead:  Kiki C      Response:  Susan J

Called by the risen Christ to love and follow the Lord, let us pray to God for the needs of all believers and of all peoples everywhere.

For the holy churches of God in every place, for Michael our Presiding Bishop, for Carlye our Bishop, for all lay leaders and clergy, and for the unity of all.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

In this season of new life, we pray for new ways to connect to one another and to you, our source of life and joy, O God; for this holy gathering, even while separated and for all who know one another in Christ.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For the world and its leaders, for Joseph/Joe, our President, Phil our Governor, [_ our Mayor]; for our nation and its people.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all those who are suffering during this pandemic, for all victims of COVID-19, including those we
name now . . . ., for all who are sick and for those who are dying.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

Leader: For all victims of violence, for those in danger and need, for the oppressed; for all those who face these
concerns, now magnified; for those who suffer for any reason, for all other illnesses, for all those we name now
. . . , we pray.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all those providing care at this time, for doctors, nurses, staff, technician, for social workers,
counselors, therapists, for all first responders and for all essential workers, that you may safeguard them as they
work on our behalf.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For research scientists and lab technicians; in thanksgiving for the vaccines; for all those continuing to work to improve prevention and treatment for this illness; for healing and restoration.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all the blessings of this life, for those you would name here . . . , and for all those we love.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all those who mourn, for those who grieve, separated at the last hour from their loved one; for those who face death without the consolation of family at their side; for all those who have died, including those we name now . . . , we pray.

Glory and praise to you, O living God.

Remembering our most glorious and blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ.

To you, O gracious God.

Service Leader: Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of
reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their
lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Doxology

(Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), para. of Psalm 117; Music: Old 100th, melody from Pseaumes octante trois de David, 1551, alt.; harm. after Louis Bourgeois (1510?-1561?); Licensed for Use: CCLI Copyright License 20716203; CCLI Streaming License 20716210

The Lord’s Prayer

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

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, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Grace

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.

Sending Hymn

LV-165 “Higher Ground” (For Penny)
Sung by Lisa Masiello

Text: Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1860-1948); Music: Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932); Lift Every Voice and Sing, ©1993 The Church Pension Fund; Copyright 2021, Church Publishing Inc.; CCLI Copyright License 20716203; CCLI Streaming License 20716210

Closing Prayer

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you at his ascension, the riches of his blessing. Amen.

Postlude Hymn

H-657 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” Hyfrydol
Played by John Cafaro

Charles Wesley Charles Wesley (1707-1788); From Rite Planning.org.; Copyright 2021, Church Publishing Inc. Licensed for Use: CCLI Copyright License 20716203; CCLI Streaming License 20716210

Flowers Today are for:

Penny Roberts and those who brought spirit into her life from Don Roberts

Ministers in this Service

Celebrant & Preacher:  The Rev’d S. Elizabeth Searle
Lector: Joan B
Psalm Readers: Don R and Hannah A
Intercessor: Kiki C
Responses: Susan J
Altar Guild/Flowers: Susan J
Tech Vergers: Hank A, Shanna A, Henry S

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