Posted by Ascension

April 19, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Grace and peace to us from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Yours is the glory (770SLH)

1. Yours is the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory over death you won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where your body lay: 

Yours is the glory, risen, conquering Son, 
endless is the victory over death you won.

2. See, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord is living, death has lost its sting:

3. No more we doubt you, glorious Prince of life;
life is nought without you: aid us in our strife.
Make us more than conquerors through your deathless love;
Bring us safe to Jordan to your home above.

Words: Edmond Louis Budry (1854 – 1932) Tr. Richard Birch Hoyle (1875 – 1939), alt. Tune: Tochter Zion (Maccabaeus) by George Frederick Handel

Opening Sentences:
I will sing to the Lord, because he has won a glorious victory.
The Lord is my strong defender; he is the one who has saved me.
His right hand is awesome in power;
it breaks the enemy in pieces.
Faithful to his promise, he led the people he had rescued;
by his strength he guided them to his sacred land.
He brings them in and plants them on his mountain,
the place that he has chosen for his home, 
the temple that he himself has built.
The Lord will be king forever and ever.
(Exodus 15:1,2,6,13,17,18)

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Psalm: Psalm 148
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!
Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together, old men and children!

Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the LORD!

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

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

Let us pray for faith in our risen Lord … (silence) Merciful God, your Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life, who gives hope and joy to those who doubt. Give to us who do not see you faith and life and blessing, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The Bible Readings:
First Reading – Acts 5:29-42
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – 1 Peter 1:3-9
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Third Reading – John 20:19-31
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – O Sons and Daughters of the King (470LSB) We sing verses 1-4

1. O sons and daughters of the King,
whom heavenly hosts in glory sing,
today the grave has lost its sting!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

2. That night the apostles met in fear;
among them came their master dear
And said, “My peace be with you here”.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

3. When Thomas first the tidings heard
that they had seen the risen Lord
he doubted the disciples’ word.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

4. “My pierced side, O Thomas, see,
and look upon my hands, my feet;
Not faithless but believing be.”
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Words: Attr. Jean Tisserand (d. 1494); Tr. John M Neale (1818 – 1866), alt.  Tune: Gelobt Sei Gott Melchior Vulpius (c.1570 – 1615)


Song: A suggestion to sing or read – O Sons and Daughters of the King (470LSB) We sing verses 5-7

5. No longer Thomas then denied;
he saw the feet, the hands, the side;
“You are my Lord and God!” he cried
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

6. How blest are they who have not seen
for they eternal life shall win.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

7. On this most holy day of days
be laud and jubilee and praise:
to God your hearts and voice raise.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Lord, I call to you for help.
In the morning I pray to you.
I am filled with praise for you,
and proclaim your glory all day long.
Close your eyes to my sins, and wipe away all my evil.
Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence;
do not take your holy spirit away from me.
Give me the joy that comes from your salvation,
and make me eager to please you.
Be gracious, Lord, this day,
and keep us free from sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord;
have mercy on us.
Let your goodness and love be with us,
as we put our hope in you.
Listen to my prayer, Lord,
and hear my cry for help.

The Offering:

We can pause and thank God for all his gifts to us and then offer ourselves and what we have to him.
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:

Let us pray that the results of Christ’s resurrection may be seen throughout the world.

After each petition you are invited to pray as follows: 

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

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 us all.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Jesus, please watch over us (101ATN)

1. As we step from the edge of morning,
feet can’t tell where to take us;
Here’s a light that will shine for ever,
here’s the light that will guide us.

   Chorus: Jesus, please watch over us.    
                   Jesus, please take care of us.

2. Trouble comes, and we search for safety,
we forget that you hold us;
Fill our minds so that we remember,
say once more that you love us.

   Chorus: Jesus, please watch over us.    
                   Jesus, please take care of us.

3. Danger meets us at every moment,
death is never in hiding;
You are stronger than any danger,
you are stronger than dying.

   Chorus: Jesus, please watch over us.    
                   Jesus, please take care of us.

4. In your life is the Father’s welcome,
in your death there is freedom;
Be our life and our death forever,
be our new resurrection.

   Chorus: Jesus, please watch over us.    
                   Jesus, please take care of us.

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