Sunday, May 28, 2017

Seventh Sunday of Easter
Morning Worship at 11 o’clock


In the dark lurk the politicians, skilled in art and cunning
believing to be the voices of the people.
The blind leading the blind.
Run, Jesus, run!
They enter the garden with torches, swords and spears.
The maddened crowd determined to have their way, not His.
Run, Jesus, run!
And He does run, straight towards Golgotha’s hill.
There exposes all the foolishness
Of the world’s greed, powers and piety.
Run, Jesus, run!
Upon the cross of scorn with sorrow, not for self,
He lifts His head and prays forgiveness,
while the dead crowd cries,
“Die, Jesus, die!”
All is finished – the Savior’s work is done,
love’s final triumph. Truth’s wisdom won.
The faithful Son commends to the Father
His soul now free ascends.
Fly, Jesus, fly.

- N. Ellsworth Bunce, Jr.


The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Ascendit in coelo”                            Gregorian


Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the Lay Leader)

†  Choral Introit “O Rise & Shine”             Spiritual, arr. Donald Moore

O, rise and shine, and sing of His glory in the Name of the Lord!

†  Call to Worship Dr. Emora Brannan

Clap your hands, all you people of God.

Sing praises to our Ruler, sing praises!

God reigns among us and far beyond us.

We celebrate the immeasurable greatness of God!

We are called to be witnessing people.

Testify then to God’s loving purpose in Jesus Christ.

This is the day for revelation and renewal.

We celebrate Christ’s resurrection and ascension.

†  Hymn “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise”          No. 312

1. Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia! To his throne above the skies, Alleluia! Christ, awhile to mortals given, Alleluia! Reascends his native heaven, Alleluia!

2. There the glorious triumph waits, Alleluia! Lift your heads, eternal gates, Alleluia! Christ hath conquered death and sin, Alleluia! Take the King of glory in, Alleluia!

3. See! the heaven its Lord receives, Alleluia! Yet he loves the earth he leaves, Alleluia! Though returning to his throne, Alleluia! Still he calls the world his own, Alleluia!

4. See! he lifts his hands above, Alleluia! See! he shows the prints of love, Alleluia! Hark! his gracious lips bestow, Alleluia! Blessings on his church below, Alleluia!


Morning Prayer

Glorious God of wonder and might,

you have spoken your eternal word in Jesus

whom you have given to teach, to suffer, to love,

and to rise with new life.

May we raise our sights toward the ascended Christ

and renew our hope

in the eventual triumph of righteousness and peace.

We plead for your justice and your salvation,

which you give so freely.

Stir us to action and faith by our confidence

that good will overcome evil

and that the gentle breath of your spirit

will blow away every cloud of doubt and despair.

Glory to you, O Christ; you are our friend, our savior,

our only hope and sovereign.

Yours is the victory beyond every tragic defeat,

through time and past death. Glory be to you forever! Amen.

To Hear the Word

From the Letters of the Early Church Acts 1: 1-11

John Hutchinson is the Liturgist.

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.”


†  The Psalter Psalm 47              No. 781

(responsive Psalm with sung response)

Response: 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.

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

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 people gather

As the people of the God of Abraham.

For the shields of the earth belong to God,

Who is highly exalted!

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


Anthem “King of Glory” Bach, Ascension Cantata

King of glory, King of peace,
I will love thee;
And that love may never cease,
I will move thee.
Thou hast granted my request,
Thou hast heard me;
Thou didst note my working breast,
Thou hast spared me.

Wherefore with my utmost art
I will sing thee,
And the cream of all my heart
I will bring thee.
Though my sins against me cried,
Thou didst clear me;
And alone, when they replied,
Thou didst hear me.

Seven whole days, not one in seven,
I will praise thee;
In my heart, though not in heaven,
I can raise thee.
Small it is, in this poor sort
To enroll thee:
E’en eternity’s too short
To extol thee.


From the Gospel John 17: 1-11

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.


Sermon “Gone?!”             Rev. Roberta Scoville


To Respond in Faith

†  Hymn “Kum Ba Yah (Come By Here)”                                No. 494

1. Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah. Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah. Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah. Oh, Lord, kum ba ya!

2. Someone’s praying, Lord.

3. Someone’s crying, Lord.

4. Someone needs you, Lord.

5. Someone’s singing, Lord.

6. Let us praise the Lord.


Statement of Faith of the United Church of Canada (unison) No. 883

We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

We believe in God:

Who has created and is creating,

Who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,

To reconcile and make new,

Who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the church:

To celebrate God’s presence,

To love and serve others,

To seek justice and resist evil,

To proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,

Our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,

God is with us.

We are not alone.

Thanks be to God. Amen.


The Collection of Tithes and Offerings


Offertory “A Musician’s Prayer ”   Charles Callahan

Unto Thy word so tuned let me be,
That in each part I may thereto agree.
He sings and plays the songs which best Thou lovest,
Who does and says the things which Thou approvest.

Teach me the strain that calmeth minds enraged
And which from vain affections doth recall.
So to the choir where angels music make
I may aspire when I this life forsake.


†  Presentation of Tithes and Offerings No. 94

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!

Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


Pastoral Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer No. 895

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 Scatters to Be the Church in the World

†  Hymn “Be Thou My Vision”     No. 451

1. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art. Thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2. Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord; thou and thou only, first in my heart, great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

3. Great God of heaven, my victory won, may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all.


†  Dismissal with Blessing


†  Choral Response “Lift Up Your Voice”                       John Goss

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice – again, I say, rejoice!


†  Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell


†  Organ Postlude “Allegro fiero” Barker



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