Sunday, June 2, 2019

Ascension Sunday

Organ PreludeVoluntary in G (William Walond)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitLift Up Your Voice (John Goss)

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

* Call to Worship

We come to this place of prayer,
for here we can bring our hopes and dreams,
our hidden fears and the doubts we dare wear on our sleeves.
We come to this place of grace,
for here we learn compassion and joy,
and discover how deeply we are loved.
We come with these people called the church,
to be blessed by the variety of gifts,
to live as one for our God.

* Opening Hymn How Great Thou Art UMH 77

1. O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder consider all the [worlds] thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the [rolling] thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed. Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze; Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

3. And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in; that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin; Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim, my God, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Almighty God, through Jesus Christ, you revealed to us a power that has no parallel. May the eyes of our heart be enlightened to this power and all it has done in our lives. Pour out your Spirit of power upon us, that we may proclaim your glory and your grace. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemHymn Anthem on “Marion” (Healey Willan)

Rejoice, O pure in heart, rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
your festal banner wave on high, the cross of Christ your King.

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks, and sing!

Bright youth and snow-crowned age, both men and women, raise
on high your free, exulting song, declare God’s wondrous praise.

With all the angel choirs, With all the saints of earth,
Pour out the strains of joy and bliss, True rapture, noblest mirth.

Your clear hosannas raise; And alleluias loud;
Whilst answering echoes upward float, Like wreaths of incense cloud.

With voice as full and strong, As ocean’s surging praise,
Send forth the hymns our fathers loved, The psalms of ancient days.

Praise Him who reigns on high, The Lord whom we adore,
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost, One God forever more.

Prayer of Confession Lee Enos, Liturgist

Lord Jesus Christ, in you we see awesome power.
You triumph over death and bring forth new life.
You stand over all earthly powers.
You are the head of the church.
Yet, we often fail to acknowledge this power in our lives.
We see violence in the world.
We see injustice in our communities.
We see hunger and need among our neighbors.
We see longing for something more.
We see failures and faults in our lives.

In all these things, we feel powerless.
Forgive our hesitance to call upon you.
Forgive our propensity to rely upon ourselves.
Forgive our reluctance to acknowledge your power.
Speak your words of power again.
May your will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Words of Assurance (Ephesians 1)   Lee Enos, Liturgist

May God give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that the power of Jesus Christ may be visible in your life. By the grace of Jesus Christ we are forgiven and empowered to serve.

* HymnIt Is Well With My Soul UMH 377

1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it well with my soul. It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed his own blood for my soul. It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

4. And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll; the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, even so, it is well with my soul. It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul,) it is well, it is well with my soul.

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 24:44-53

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 – “And He Was Lifted Up”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryLike As A Hart (Vincent Novello)

Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks,
So longeth my soul after Thee, O God.
Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul,
And why art thous so disquieted within me?
O put thy trust in God.
Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks,
So longeth my soul after Thee, O God.

* Presentation of OfferingPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering Prayer (All)

Thank you, gracious God, for making your home with us and claiming us as your own people. We dedicate ourselves and our gifts toward the new world you are creating among us – a world where peace emerges from mutual respect and honest encounters. May your love be reflected in our attitudes and actions when we are together and when we are scattered. Amen.

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Great Thanksgiving

Invitation

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Prayer After Receiving (All)

God of Steadfast Love, call us into living fully into Your commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. Call us into living fully into Your way of life by seeking out in care and compassion those who are hurting, those who are struggling, and those who are suffering. For You so loved the world that You sent us Your Son, Jesus the Christ, so that we might have life in him. Amen.

* Closing Hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness UMH 140

1. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee; thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be. Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

* Benediction

We leave this place of prayer,
to join God in listening to the hopes and dreams,
the hidden fears and the doubts of our neighbors.
We leave this place of grace,
to share the compassion and joy of Jesus with others,
so they will discover how deeply they are loved.
We leave to be with the people of our world,
so the Spirit might bless us with their rich gifts,
so we may discover our oneness in God.

* Choral ResponseAll His Work Has Ended (Francis Havergal)

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

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ Postlude Ascendit in Coelo (Watts)

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