Ascension Worship Service

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May 26, 2022

Preservice Meditation

  After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His Word by the signs that accompanied it. (Mark 16:19-20, NIV) 
  Dear Jesus, my ascended Savior, thank you for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life that you won for me. Calm my troubled heart and assure me of your presence in my life. Remind me daily that you make all things work for my good. Keep me connected to you through your Word, and bless me with chances to put my faith into action. Direct my worship tonight, so that I might give you glory. Amen.

Processional Hymn

A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing – CW 472

1 A hymn of glory let us sing!
New songs throughout the world shall ring:
    Alleluia, alleluia!
Christ, by a road before untrod,
ascends unto the throne of God.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

5 Be now our joy on earth, O Lord,
and be our future great reward.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
Then, throned with you forever, we
shall praise your name eternally.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

6 O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
all praise to you let earth accord.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
You are, while endless ages run,
with Father and with Spirit one.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Call to Worship

We worship our victorious and ascended Savior Jesus in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

God has ascended amid shouts of joy,
the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.

Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus – CW 606

1 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus;
    his the scepter, his the throne;
Alleluia! his the triumph,
    his the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
    thunder like a mighty flood:
“Jesus out of ev’ry nation
    has redeemed us by his blood.”

In that day you will say: “I will praise you, O LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”

2 Alleluia! Bread of heaven,
    here on earth our food, our stay;
Alleluia! here the sinful
    flee to you from day to day.
Intercessor, friend of sinners,
    earth’s Redeemer, hear our plea
where the songs of all the sinless
    sweep across the crystal sea.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say, “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his Name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his Name is exalted.
Sing to the LORD, for He has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.

3 Alleluia! Not as orphans
    are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! he is near us;
    faith believes, nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received him
    when the forty days were o’er,
shall our hearts forget his promise:
    “I am with you evermore”?

Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

Grades K-3 – Surely I Will Be with You

Let us make confession of our sins before God and be assured of his forgiveness through our victorious and ascended Savior Jesus.
Lord of life, I confess that I am by nature dead in sin.
    For faithless worrying and selfish pride,
    For sins of habit and sins of choice,
    For the evil I have done and the good I have failed to do,
you should cast me away from your presence forever.
O Lord, I am sorry for my sins. Forgive me, for Jesus’ sake.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. In his great mercy, God made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in our sins. Hear the Word of Christ through his called servant: I forgive you all your sins in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Grades K-8 – Ascension Anthem – Come, Sing Alleluia

God Speaks to Us through His Word

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
After his suffering, on one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command:

“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Grades 4-8 – Lift High the Name of Jesus

A Reading from John 14:1~ 27

  [Jesus said,] “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 
  “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Students and Soloists – There Are Many Rooms

Luke 24:44-53

  He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
  Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
  When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Take My Life and Let It Be – CW 695

1 Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee;
take my moments and my days,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.

2 Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love;
take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee.

3 Take my voice and let me sing
always, only for my King;
take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee.

4 Take my silver and my gold,
not a mite would I withhold;
take my intellect and use
ev’ry pow’r as thou shalt choose.

5 Take my will and make it thine,
it shall be no longer mine;
take my heart, it is thine own,
it shall be thy royal throne.

6 Take my love, my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store;
take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee.

The Message

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

We Confess Our Faith in Our Ascended Savior Jesus

The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.
He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.
All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.
This is most certainly true.

The Presentation of the Offering

Junior Handchimes

Graduation of the 8th Grade Class

  Megan Sarah Clohecy 
  Matthew Jason Dellar 
  Miriam Grace Frick
  Lucas James Kirby 
  Ethan James Lecher 
  Adam John Michaels
  Hanna Rose Scaffidi 
  Kayla Marie Scaffidi 
  Kaydence Helyn Schieffer
  Marissa Lillie Schmuki 
  Joshua Siloam Vandre

Junior Choir – God Is for Us

Prayers and the Lord’s Prayer

Risen and ascended Lord Jesus, we give you thanks for the privilege of sharing your Gospel of forgiveness, life, and salvation with our families, our neighbors, and souls across the globe.
We rejoice that you have seen fit to make us your instruments for spreading the Good News to all creation.

We know that we are dust. On our own we are incapable of doing the work you’ve given us to do.
We treasure your promises to be with us and to strengthen us for this work.

Help us always remember that your grace is sufficient for us and that your power is made perfect in weakness.
Help us to find comfort in knowing that when we are weak, we are strong.

Keep us firmly connected to you through the Gospel so that we can bear much fruit.
Remind us again and again that apart from you, we can do nothing.

Merciful Lord, comforter and teacher of your faithful people, increase in your church the knowledge of your will. Strengthen the hearts of students and especially our graduates who hope in you, and show them the depth of your promises. Let them follow the light of your Word, and follow you with eager footsteps.
Guide and direct them always.

Keep our eyes focused on the heavenly home you have prepared for us. Help us stand firm. Let us always give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord, believing that our labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Lord and Savior, hear our prayer and help us serve you faithfully. Amen.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

The Blessing of Our Lord

May the God of all peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Sung by Students – Go, My Children, with My Blessing – CW 930 st. 1,2,4

1 Go, my children, with my blessing,
        never alone,
Waking, sleeping, I am with you;
        you are my own.
    In my love’s baptismal river
    I have made you mine forever.
Go, my children, with my blessing,
        you are my own.

2 Go, my children, sins forgiven,
        at peace and pure.
Here you learned how much I love you,
        what I can cure.
    Here you heard my dear Son’s story;
    here you touched him, saw his glory.
Go, my children, sins forgiven,
        at peace and pure.

4 I the Lord will bless and keep you
        and give you peace;
I the Lord will smile upon you
        and give you peace;
    I the Lord will be your Father,
    Savior, Comforter, and Brother.
Go, my children; I will keep you
        and give you peace.