May 8

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Ascension Sunday
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

The early Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit ‘the wild goose.’ And the reason why is they knew that you cannot tame him.

-John Eldredge

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude: “An Druzhamel”    trad. Breton

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

†   Choral Introit: “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”         George Whelpton

Hear our prayer, O Lord; incline Thine ear to us, and grant us Thy peace. Amen.

† Call to Worship

May those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
Yea, our heart is glad in God, because we trust in God’s holy name.
Let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise!
We praise you, O God; we acknowledge you to be the Lord.

† Hymn: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” No. 154

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!  Let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all.

Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race, ye ransomed from the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace, and crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace, and crown him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget the wormwood and the gall,
go spread your trophies at his feet, and crown him Lord of all.
Go spread your trophies at his feet, and crown him Lord of all.

Let every kindred, every tribe on this terrestrial ball,
to him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all.

Crown him, ye martyrs of your God, who from his altar call;
extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod, and crown him Lord of all.
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod, and crown him Lord of all.

O that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all.

Morning Prayer (unison)

O Creator God, may the waters that covered us at our birth once again remind us of our creation in you.  Remind us that we are vessels of the waters of hope and that your outpourings have power to heal and make whole our bruised world.  Let the living waters of creation, womb, baptism, and Spirit encircle us that we may remember we are yours and be thankful.  Amen.

To Hear the Word

† The Psalter: Psalm 47 (with sung response) No. 781 Caleb Knoll is the Liturgist.

R: Earth and heaven repeat the cry, “Glory be to God on high.”

Clap your hands, all peoples!
shout to God with loud songs of joy.
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great Ruler over all the earth.
who subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.
who chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom God loves.  R

God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our Ruler, sing praises.
For God is the Ruler of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm.
God reigns over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted.  R

Anthem: “Sing Praise to the Lord” Parry

Sing praise to the Lord; sing praise in the height;
Rejoice in God’s word, you angels of light.
O heavens, adore Him by Whom you were made;
And worship before Him in brightness arrayed.

Sing praise to the Lord; sing praise on the earth
In tuneful accord, all you of new birth;
O praise Him Who has brought you rich grace from above;
Who taught you to sing of His love.

Sing praise to the Lord, all things that give sound;
Each jubilant chord re-echo around;
Loud organs, God’s glory forth tell in deep tone,
And trumpets, the story of what God has done.

Sing praise to the Lord, thanksgiving and song
To God be outpoured all ages along;
For love in creation, for heaven restored,
For grace of salvation, sing praise to the Lord!

From the Epistles: 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.

Sermon: “You will receive power” Rev. Travis Knoll

Bible Lesson Acts 1:1-11: In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn: “I Am the Church” No. 558

Refrain: I am the church! You are the church! We are the church together!
All who follow Jesus, all around the world! Yes, we’re the church together!

The church is not a building; the church is not a steeple;
the church is not a resting place; the church is a people. (Refrain)

We’re many kinds of people, with many kinds of faces,
all colours and all ages, too from all times and places. (Refrain)

Sometimes the church is marching; sometimes it’s bravely burning,
sometimes it’s riding, sometimes hiding; always it’s learning. (Refrain)

And when the people gather, there’s singing and there’s praying;
there’s laughing and there’s crying sometimes, all of it saying: (Refrain)

At Pentecost some people received the Holy Spirit
and told the Good News through the world to all who would hear it. (Refrain)

† Confirmation and reception into a Local Congregation No. 33

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory: “Prayer for Our Time” Hal Hopson

Almighty Father, Who does give the gift of life to all who live,
Look down on all earth’s wrong and strife, and lift us to a nobler life.

Lift up our hearts, O King of Kings, to brighter hopes and kindlier things.
To visions high of a larger good, and holier dreams of brotherhood.

Your world is weary of its pain; of selfish greed and fruitless gain;
Of tarnished honor, falsely strong, and all its ancient deed of wrong.

O hear the prayer your people pray uprising from all lands today,
And o’er the vanquished power of sin, O bring Your great salvation in.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) No. 393

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.  Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.  Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.  Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (unison)

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.
Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn: “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” No. 302

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia! Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia! Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia! Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go now, in the power of the Spirit, to change the world
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response: “Amen” Orlando Gibbons

Amen.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude: “Veniat Spiritus” Parks

 

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