Posted by Ascension

May 17, 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 – Jesus, where’er your people meet (506LH)

1. Jesus, where’er your people meet
there they behold your mercy seat,
where’er they seek you, you are found
and every place is hallowed ground. 

2. For you, within no walls confined,
are present in the humble mind;
such ever bring you where they come,
and, going, take you to their home.

3. Dear Shepherd of your chosen few,
your former mercies here renew;
here to our waiting hearts proclaim
the sweetness of your saving name. 

4. Here may we prove the power of prayer
to strengthen faith and sweeten care,
to teach our faint desires to rise,
and bring all heaven before our eyes.

5. Lord, we are few, but you are near,
your arm can save, your ear can hear;
O rend the heavens, come quickly down,
and make a thousand hearts your own.

Words: William Cowper (1731 – 1800) alt.  Music: Wareham W Knapp (1698 – 1768)

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 66:8-20

8   Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard,
9   who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.
10  For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
11  You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
12  you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will perform my vows to you, 

14 that which my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats.   

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
17 I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
19 But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!

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 that we witness to Christ … (silence)
Almighty God, since you called your Church to witness that in Christ you were reconciling the world to yourself: Help us to proclaim the good news of your love, so that all who hear it may be reconciled to you; through him who died and rose again and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

The Bible Readings:
First Reading – Acts 17:16-34
This is the Word of the Lord.           Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – 1 Peter 3:13-22
This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Third Reading – John 14:15-21
This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. (761SLH) v.1 &2

1. Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
His cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
His love in death shall never die.    

2. Christ is alive! No longer bound
to distant years in Palestine,
he comes to claim the here and now
and conquer every place and time.

Words: Brian A Wren (1936 –     )    Music: Truro T Williams, Psalmodia Evangelica, 1789   CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209


Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Christ is alive! Let Christians sing. (761SLH) v.3 – 5

3. Not throned above, remotely high,
Untouched, unmoved by human pains,
but daily, in the midst of life
our Saviour with the Father reigns.

4. In every insult, rift, and war,
where colour, scorn, or wealth divide,
he suffers still, yet loves the more,
and lives, though ever crucified.

5. Christ is alive! His spirit burns
through this and every future age,
till all creation lives and learns
his joy, his justice, love and praise.

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:
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 you all.     Amen.

Song: I, the Lord of sea and sky/ Hear I am Lord (296 ATE)

  1. I, the Lord of sea and Sky,
    I have heard my people cry.
    All who dwell in dark and sin
    My hand will save.
    I, who made th stars of night,
    I will make their darkness bright.
    Who will bear my light to them?
    Whom shall I send?

    Here I am Lord.
    Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart.

  2. I, the Lord of snow and rain,
    I have borne my people’s pain.
    I have wept for love of them.
    They turn away.
    I will break their hearts of stone,
    Give them hearts for love alone.
    I will speak my word to them.
    Whom shall I send?


  3. I, the Lord of wind and flame,
    I will tend the poor and lame.
    I will set a feast for them.
    My hand will save.
    Finest bread I will provide
    Till their hearts be satisfied.
    I will give my life to them.
    Whom shall I send?


Text: Based on Isaiah 6; English, Dan Schutte

Text and music (C) 1981, 2003, OCP. All rights reserved.
CCLE License N0 697199 MRL License No 697209