Posted by Ascension

June 7, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Opening Sentences:

Good morning and welcome to worship.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Praise and adore him forever.
Praise the Lord in the heights of heaven.
Praise and adore him forever.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.
Praise and adore him forever.
He was and is and is to come.
Praise and adore him forever.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Morning has broken (123ATA)

1. Morning has broken
like the first morning;
blackbird has spoken
like the first bird.
Praise for the singing,
praise for the morning,
praise for them, springing
fresh from the word.

2. Sweet the rain’s new fall
sunlit from heaven,
like the first dewfall
on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
of the wet garden,
sprung from completeness
where his feet pass.

3. Mine is the sunlight;
mine is the morning
born of the one light
Eden saw play.
Praise with elation,
praise every morning,
God’s recreation
of the new day.

Words: Eleanor Farjeon (1881 – 1965)  Music: Bunessan Gaelic, 19th century © Copyright David Higham Associates – Permission give in this time of COVID-19 for a ZOOM Service

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal,
have mercy on us.

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 ever. Amen.
The Athanasian Creed:
C      This is the catholic faith: that we worship one God in trinity and the Trinity in unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.
1      For the person of the Father is one,
2      that of the Son another,
3      and that of the Holy Spirit still another,
M     but the deity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is one – equal in glory, coequal in majesty.
1      What the Father is,
2      such is the Son,
3      and such is the Holy Spirit.
1      The Father is uncreated;
2      the Son is uncreated;
3      the Holy Spirit is uncreated.
1      The Father is unlimited;
2      the Son is unlimited;
3       the Holy Spirit is unlimited.
1       The Father is eternal;
2      the Son is eternal;
3      the Holy Spirit is eternal –
M      and yet there are not three eternal beings but one who is eternal, just as there are not three uncreated or unlimited beings, but one who is uncreated and unlimited.  1      In the same way, the Father is almighty;
2      the Son is almighty;
3      the Holy Spirit is almighty –
M      and yet there are not three almighty beings but one who is almighty.
1      Thus, the Father is God;
2      the Son is God;
3      the Holy Spirit is God –
M      and yet there are not three gods but one God.
1      Thus, the Father is Lord;
2      the Son is Lord;
3      the Holy Spirit is Lord –
M      and yet there are not three lords, but one Lord.

C      For just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to confess that each distinct person is God and Lord, so we are forbidden by the catholic religion to say there are three gods or three lords.
1      The Father was neither made nor created nor begotten by anyone.
2      The Son is from the Father alone, not made or created but begotten.
3      The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son, not made or created or begotten but proceeding.
1      Therefore there is one Father, not three fathers;
2      one Son, not three sons;
3      one Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits.
1      And in this Trinity none is before or after, greater or less than another,
2      but all three persons are in themselves coeternal and coequal,
3      so that in all things the Trinity in unity and the Unity in trinity must be worshipped. 

C      But it is necessary for eternal salvation that one also faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore it is the true faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at once God and a human being. 
1      He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages, and a human being, born from the substance of his mother in this age.
2      He is perfect God and a perfect human being, composed of a rational soul and human flesh.
3      He is equal to the Father with respect to his divinity, less than the Father with respect to his humanity.
1      Although he is God and a human being, nevertheless he is not two but one Christ.
2      However, he is one not by the changing of the divinity in the flesh but by the taking up of the humanity in God.
3      Indeed, he is one not by a confusion of substance but by a unity of person.  M For, as the rational soul and the flesh are one human being, so God and the human being are one Christ.

C      He suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose from the dead, ascended into the heavens, is seated at the right hand of the Father, from where he will come to judge the living and the dead. At his coming all human beings will rise with their bodies and will give an account of their own deeds. Those who have done good things will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil things into eternal fire. This is the catholic faith.

Text from The Book of Concord, ed Robert Kolb and Timothy J. Wengert, © Augsburg Fortress 2001.

Preparing to hear God’s Word:
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray for faith in the Triune God … (silence)
Eternal God, you have revealed yourself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and you live in the perfect unity of love. Give us a sure faith in you, so that we share in your holy fellowship and life as three Persons in one God, now and forever.  Amen.

The Psalm: Psalm 29,1,2,4,10,11; Antiphon – Liturgical text
Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity.
Let us give glory to him because he has shown mercy to us.
Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity.
Let us give glory to him because he has shown mercy to us.

The Bible Readings:
First Reading – Genesis 1:1-2:4a
This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – Acts 2:14a,22-36
This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Third Reading – Matthew 28:16-20
This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Lord Jesus Christ, thank you that we are yours through baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Be with us always.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Holy, holy, holy (507LSB) v.1,2

1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.


Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Holy, holy, holy (507LSB) v.3,4

  3. Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Words: Reginald Heber (1783 – 1826) alt.  Music: Nicea John B Dykes (1823 – 1876)

O Lord, have mercy on me.
Heal me, for I have sinned against you.
Turn to us again, O Lord!
Have pity on your servants.
Let your goodness and love be with us,
as we put our hope in you.
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
and let your saints shout for joy.
Save your people, and bless your heritage;
be their shepherd, and carry them forever.
Remember your church, which you redeemed long ago.
Peace be within its walls, and security within its towers.
Let us pray for those who are absent.
O Lord our God, save your servants who trust in you.
Let us pray for God’s people who are broken-hearted and oppressed.
Redeem Israel, O God, from all their troubles.
Send us help from your sanctuary,
and give us support from Zion.
Listen to my prayer, Lord:
and hear my cry for help.

The Offering:
Let us pause and thank God for all his gifts to us and then offer ourselves and what we have to him. (Silence)
Gracious Father, we offer with joy and thanks what you have first given us –  ourselves, our time and our possessions –  as signs of your goodness and symbols of our love.  Accept them for the sake of Jesus Christ,  who offered himself for us. Amen.

The Prayers:
God our Father has created us. In his love, he sent his Son to redeem us. Now he gathers together his holy people by the power of his Spirit. Let us come to him in the Spirit, through the name of Jesus, and ask him for all we need.

Each petition concludes with …
Blessed are you, Lord God, King of the universe.
Blessed be Father, Son, and Holy Spirit forever and ever.

 I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have protected me through the night from all harm and danger. I ask you to keep me this day, too, from all sin and evil, so that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may please you. In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.

The Blessing:
Let us praise the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Your strong Word (578LSB) – v.1,5,6

1. Your strong Word broke through the darkness;
at your speaking it was done.
For created light we thank you,
while your ordered seasons run.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise to you: the light you send.
Alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia without end.

5. Give us lips to sing your glory,
tongues your mercy to proclaim.
throats that shout the hope that fills us,
mouths to speak your holy name.
Alleluia, alleluia,
May the light you ever send
fill our songs with alleluias,
alleluias without end. 

6. God the Father, light-creator,
to you endless honour be;
to you, Light of Light begotten,
praise be sung eternally;
Holy Spirit, light-revealer,
to you glory ever be.
Mortals, angels, now and ever
praise the holy Trinity.

Martin H. Franzmann (1907 – 1976) alt.  Tune: Ebenezer Thomas John Williams (1869 – 1944)  MRL Licence N°697209