Sunday, May 13, 2018

Ascension Sunday/Festival of the Christian Home/Mother’s Day

11:00 a.m.

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude – Quid vidimus (Gregorian)

Words of Welcome and Announcements

Choral Introit – Lift Up Your Voice (John Goss)                                                              Choir

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

PrayerThe Ascension Hymnal 323

L: Everliving God,

L: Your eternal Christ once dwelt on earth,

L:     Confined by time and space.

L: Give us faith to discern in every time and place

L:     The presence among us

L:     Of him who is head over all things and fills all,

L: Even Jesus Christ our ascended Lord.

ALL:     Amen.

* SongHail the Day that Sees Him Rise Hymnal 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!

Time of Morning Prayer

Prayer Song – Happy the Home When God is There (Verses 1 and 2) Hymnal 445

1. Happy the home when God is there, and love fills every breast; when one their wish, and one their prayer, and one their heavenly rest.

2. Happy the home where Jesus’ name is sweet to every ear; where children early speak his fame, and parents hold him dear.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.

or thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

Prayer Song – Happy the Home When God is There (Verses 3 and 4) Hymnal 445

3. Happy the home where prayer is heard, and praise is wont to rise; where parents love the sacred Word and all its wisdom prize.

4. Lord, let us in our homes agree this blessed peace to gain; unite our hearts in love to thee, and love to all will reign.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

Special MusicGod, We Praise You (Haydn)                                                                  Choir

God, we praise you, for you are the Lord.
All earth rejoices in sounding your glory, for you are the Lord.
We praise your holy name.
Angels shout their praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord God.
All the prophets, all the apostles and martyrs give praise.
Lord, Savior, Redeemer, come, come save your people.
Come, give life forever more.

Scripture Reading – Luke 24:44-53                                                         Dan Bailey, Liturgist

Then he 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 worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

Sermon – “Cutting the Apron Strings”                                            Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* SongBecause Thou Hast Said Hymnal 635

1. Because thou hast said: “Do this for my sake,” the mystical bread we gladly partake; we thirst for the Spirit that flows from above, and long to inherit thy fullness of love.

2. ‘Tis here we look up and grasp at thy mind,’ tis here that we hope thine image to find; the means of bestowing thy gifts we embrace; but all things are owing to Jesus’ grace.

Celebration of Holy Communion

Great Thanksgiving

Pastor:     The Lord be with you.

People:   And also with you.

Pastor: Lift up your hearts.

People:   We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Pastor:     It is right … we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

People:   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.

Pastor:     Holy are you … as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

People:   Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again!

Pastor:     Pour out Your Holy Spirit … Almighty God, now and forever.

People:   Amen.

Receiving the Bread and Cup:

(Please be in an attitude of prayer as others receive Communion)

Prayer of Gratitude

Ascended Christ,
By your hosting of this meal of loaf and cup you transcend the distance between your heavenly and our earthly home.  We thank you that we mere mortals have shared the blessed body and blood and in so doing are raised above the earthly world to taste the divine.  May we who have been blessed to dine with you, carry within us the joy of our salvation and share with the world the power of your love and forgiveness that we may fulfill our commission to make of them disciples.  Alleluia!  Amen!

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Offertory – Sing, Joyous Christians (Lotti)                                                                   Choir

Sing, joyous Christians! Sing forth your Alleluias. Christ is ascended on high to heaven. Alleluia! Sitteth at the right hand of the Father. Alleluia!

Prayer of Dedication –

Blessings have been poured out from above, by you O God.
In gratitude and hope we place before you an offering of our treasures
that you may pour out your Holy Spirit to bless the gifts and the givers,
that together they may become an instrument to build up the body of Christ and increase the number of your disciples.
Alleluia and Amen

*      Song to Present the Offering – Majesty Hymnal 176

Majesty, worship his majesty; unto Jesus be all glory, honor, and praise. Majesty, kingdom authority, flow from his throne unto his own; his anthem raise. So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus. Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus, the King. Majesty, worship his majesty, Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings.

* Words for Sending Us into the World

Leader:     As Jesus sent out his disciples so too we are sent out.

People:     We go to live as faithful disciples of Christ our Lord.

Leader:     May you claim the power of the Holy Spirit to live out your calling.

People:     We go feeling the promise of the Holy Spirit rising within us.

ALL: alleluia! AMEN.

* Choral Response – All His Work Has Ended (Francis Havergal)                                       Choir

All his work is ended;
Joyfully we sing.
Jesus has ascended;
Glory to our King.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude – In Coelo (Thomson)

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