Posted by Ascension

April 26, 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 – Christ is made the sure foundation (909LSB)

1. Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the Church in one;
holy Zion’s help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

2. To this temple, where we call you,
come, O Lord of hosts, and stay;
come will all your loving kindness,
hear your people as they pray;
and your fullest benediction
shed within these walls today.

3. Grant we pray to all your servants
what they ask of you to gain;
what they gain from thee, for ever
with the blessèd to retain,
and hereafter in your glory
evermore with you to reign.

4. Praise and honour to the Father,
praise and honour to the Son,
praise and honour to the Spirit,
ever three and ever One,
one in might and one in glory,
while unending ages run!

Words: Latin, 7th century; Tr. John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866), alt.  Tune: Westminster Abbey Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)

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 116
I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.
The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the LORD
in the land of the living.

I believed, even when I spoke: “I am greatly afflicted”;
I said in my alarm, “All mankind are liars.”

What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem.
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 the assurance of Christ’s presence … (silence)
Almighty and merciful God, you made the disciples glad by the sight of the risen Lord. Remind us that he is always with us, and that we now share in his resurrection. For he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The Bible Readings:
First Reading – Acts 2:14a,36-41
This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – 1 Peter 1:13-25
This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Third Reading – Luke 24:13-35
This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Who Are You Who Walk in Sorrow – 476LSB v.1,2

1. Who are you who walk in sorrow
down Emmaus’ barren road,
hearts distraught and hope defeated,
bent beneath grief’s crushing load?
Nameless mourners, we will join you,
we who also mourn our dead;
We have stood by graves unyielding,
eaten death’s bare, bitter bread. .

2. Who is this who joins our journey,
walking with us stride by stride?
Unknown Stranger, can you fathom
Depths of grief for one who died?
Then the wonder! When we told you
how our dreams to dust have turned,
then you opened wide the Scriptures
till our hearts within us burned.

Text: Herman G Stuempfle Jr, (1923 – 2007) © 2000 National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Reprinted under ONE LICENSE 622279-A Tune: Jefferson – William Walker’s Southern Harmony, 1835 – Public Domain


Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Who Are You Who Walk in Sorrow – 476LSB v.3-5

3. Who are You? Our hearts are opened
in the breaking of the bread—
Christ the victim, now the victor
living, risen from the dead!
Great companion on our journey,
still surprise us with Your grace!
Make each day a new Emmaus;
on our hearts Your image trace!

4. Who are we who travel with you
on our way through life and death?
Women, men, the young, the aging,
wakened by the Spirit’s breath!
t the font you claim and name us,
born of water and the word;
at the table still you feed us,
host us as our risen Lord!

5. “Alleluia! Alleluia!”
is the Easter hymn we sing!
Take our life, our joy, our worship
as the gift of love we bring.
You have formed us all one people
called from ev’ry land and race.
make the church your servant body,
sent to share your healing grace!


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.4

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:
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 – In Christ alone (615ATAR)

1. In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

2. In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
for every sin on him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

3. There in the ground his body lay,
light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
up from the grave he rose again!
And as he stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
for I am his and he is mine –
bought with the precious blood of Christ. 

4. No guilt in life, no fear in death,
this is the power of Christ in me;
from life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
can ever pluck me from his hand:
till he returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

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