Ascension Worship Service

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May 13, 2021

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.

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.

The Ringing of the Bell

Processional Hymn – A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing

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!

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!

Please stand.

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!

Call to Worship

P: 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,
C: the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.

P: Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.
C: For God is the King of all the earth; sing to Him a psalm of praise.

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus

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 every nation
Has redeemed us by His blood.”

P: 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.
C: 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.”

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.

P: 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.
C: Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.

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”?

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

Be seated.

Song – First Song of Isaiah

The congregation joins in singing the refrains, after children sing the first refrain.

Refrain
Surely it is God who saves me. 
I will trust in Him and not be afraid; 
for the Lord is my Stronghold and my sure Defense; 
and He will be my Savior.

Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing 
from the springs of salvation;
and on that day you shall say, 
“Give thanks to the Lord 
and call upon His Name.” 

Refrain
Surely it is God who saves me. 
I will trust in Him and not be afraid; 
for the Lord is my Stronghold and my sure Defense; 
and He will be my Savior.

Make His deeds known among the people. 
See that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord; 
for He has done great things, 
and this is known in all the world. 

Refrain
Surely it is God who saves me. 
I will trust in Him and not be afraid; 
for the Lord is my Stronghold and my sure Defense; 
and He will be my Savior.

Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion! 
Ring out your joy! 
For the Great One in the midst of you 
is the Holy One of Israel. 

Refrain (twice)
Surely it is God who saves me. 
I will trust in Him and not be afraid; 
for the Lord is my Stronghold and my sure Defense; 
and He will be my Savior.

P: Let us make confession of our sins before God and be assured of his forgiveness through our victorious and ascended Savior Jesus.
All: 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.

P: 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.

Psalm 47

The children will sing the Refrain, and the congregation will sing the verses of the psalm.

Refrain
God has gone up with a shout, 
  the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.

Clap your hands, all you nations; 
  shout to God with cries of joy.

How awesome is the LORD Most High, 
  the great King over all the earth!

God reigns over the nations; 
  God is seated on his holy throne. 

Refrain
God has gone up with a shout, 
  the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.

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.

Glory be 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.

Refrain
God has gone up with a shout, 
  the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.

God Speaks to Us through His Word

P: 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.
C: After his suffering, on one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: 

P: “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.”
C: So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 

P: 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.”
C: After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 

P: They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
C: “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.”

Anthem – K-8 – When He Returns

The congregation joins in singing stanzas 3, 4, and the refrains.

Refrain 
When he returns upon the clouds,
Then all the earth shall know that Jesus is Lord.
When he descends with trumpet sound,
Then all his people shall with one accord, 
  praise his Name forevermore: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Once he came to earth, homeless and helpless, 
  born to reveal God’s saving grace;
Humble, lowly, pure and holy, 
  the Father’s love shines in his face.

Refrain 
When he returns upon the clouds,
Then all the earth shall know that Jesus is Lord.
When he descends with trumpet sound,
Then all his people shall with one accord, 
  praise his Name forevermore: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Living, suffering, dying, and rising, 
  his saving work is once for all.
Still the telling task remains: 
  Christ, the Lord, extends to us his call.

Refrain 
When he returns upon the clouds,
Then all the earth shall know that Jesus is Lord.
When he descends with trumpet sound,
Then all his people shall with one accord, 
  praise his Name forevermore: Alleluia! Alleluia!

The congregation joins in singing the stanzas.

“Go and preach the Word, tell all the nations, 
  make my disciples everywhere.”
Now we hear him, now we follow, 
  for in his mission we now share.

Refrain 
When he returns upon the clouds,
Then all the earth shall know that Jesus is Lord.
When he descends with trumpet sound,
Then all his people shall with one accord, 
  praise his Name forevermore: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Forth we go for him, powered by promise, 
  fired by the Spirit’s holy flame.
Christ is with us to the end, 
  and our work in him is not in vain.

Refrain 
When he returns upon the clouds,
Then all the earth shall know that Jesus is Lord.
When he descends with trumpet sound,
Then all his people shall with one accord, 
  praise his Name forevermore: Alleluia! Alleluia!

A Reading from John 14

[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.”

Anthem – Grade School Students – There Are Many Rooms

Lawton; arr., Tate
© 2009 by Sumerset Recordings & GIA Publications, Inc.
CCLI License #2945277

Refrain
There are many rooms in my Father’s house. 
Do not be afraid, and have no doubt; 
I am going there to prepare a place. 
Come and follow me, 
  come and you will see,
Come and take your rest 
  in God’s safe embrace.

I am the Way, the Truth, the Life; 
  those who believe in Me will never die but live again! 

Refrain
There are many rooms in my Father’s house. 
Do not be afraid, and have no doubt; 
I am going there to prepare a place. 
Come and follow me, 
  come and you will see,
Come and take your rest 
  in God’s safe embrace.

I will not leave you as orphans; 
I will return to you, and you will live forever! 

Refrain
There are many rooms in my Father’s house. 
Do not be afraid, and have no doubt; 
I am going there to prepare a place. 
Come and follow me, 
  come and you will see,
Come and take your rest 
  in God’s safe embrace.

Peace I leave; My peace I give. 
Do not be troubled; do not be afraid. 
I calm your fear. I am near. 

Refrain
There are many rooms in my Father’s house. 
Do not be afraid, and have no doubt; 
I am going there to prepare a place. 
Come and follow me, 
  come and you will see,
Come and take your rest 
  in God’s safe embrace.

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.

Anthem – Grades 6-8 – My Worth is Not In What I Own

The congregation is invited to join where indicated by the bold print.

My worth is not in what I own 
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love 
  At the cross

My worth is not in skill or name 
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed 
  At the cross

I rejoice in my Redeemer 
Greatest treasure
Wellspring of my soul 
I will trust in him, no other 
My soul is satisfied in him alone

The congregation may join in singing.

As summer flowers we fade and die 
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us 

  At the cross

I will not boast in wealth or might 
Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ 

  At the cross

I rejoice in my Redeemer 
Greatest treasure
Wellspring of my soul 

I will trust in him, no other 
My soul is satisfied in him alone

Two wonders here that I confess 
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed, my ransom paid 

  At the cross

And I rejoice in my Redeemer 
Greatest treasure
Wellspring of my soul 

I will trust in him, no other  
My soul is satisfied in him alone

Pastor Frick’s Message – Psalm 47

Clap your hands, all you nations; 
  shout to God with cries of joy.

How awesome is the Lord Most High, 
  the great King over all the earth!
He subdued nations under us, 
  peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance for us, 
  the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
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.

God reigns over the nations; 
  God is seated on his holy throne.
The nobles of the nations assemble 
  as the people of the God of Abraham, 
for the kings of the earth belong to God; 
  he is greatly exalted.

Sing Praise to the Ascended Savior 

We Confess Our Faith in Our Ascended Savior Jesus

P: 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.

C: 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.

Anthem – Junior Choir & Handchimes – To God be the Glory

To God be the glory; great things he has done! 
He so loved the world that he gave us his Son,
Who yielded his life an atonement for sin 
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Refrain
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! 
Let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! 
Let the people rejoice!
Oh, come to the Father 
  through Jesus the Son
And give him the glory –
  great things he has done!

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood, 
To ev’ry believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes, 
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Refrain

Great things he has taught us, great things he has done, 
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son,
But purer and higher and greater will be 
Our joy and our wonder when Jesus we see.

Refrain

Anthem – Junior Choir – May the Peoples Praise You

You have called us out of darkest night into your glorious light 
That we may sing the wonders of the risen Christ 
May our every breath retell the grace that broke into our strife
With boundless love and deepest joy, with endless life. 

May the peoples praise you, let the nations be glad 
All your blessing comes that we may praise, 
  may praise the name of Jesus.

All the earth is yours and all within; each harvest is your own 
And from your hand we give to you to make Christ known. 
May the seeds of mercy grow in us for those who have not heard 
May songs of praise build lives of grace to spread your word.

May the peoples praise you, let the nations be glad 
All your blessing comes that we may praise, 
  may praise the name of Jesus.

This our holy privilege to declare your praises and your name 
To every nation, tribe, and tongue your church proclaims.

May the peoples praise you, let the nations be glad 
All your blessing comes that we may praise, 
  may praise the name of Jesus.

Holy holy is the Lord almighty 
Worthy worthy is the Lamb who was slain.
Holy holy is the Lord almighty 
All creation praise your glorious name.

May the peoples praise you, let the nations be glad 
All your blessing comes that we may praise, 
  may praise the name of Jesus.

Anthem – Handchimes

The Presentation of the Offering

Prayers

P: 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.
C: We rejoice that you have seen fit to make us your instruments for spreading the Good News to all creation.

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

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

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

Special prayers and intercessions may follow.

P: Hear us, Lord, as we bring You our private petitions.

Silent prayer.

P: 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.
C: 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

P: 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.

The Closing Hymn

Crown Him With Many Crowns

Crown him with many crowns, 
The Lamb upon his throne;
Hark how the heav’nly anthem drowns 
All music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing 
Of him who died for thee,
And hail him as thy matchless King 
Through all eternity.

Crown him the Lord of love –
Behold his hands and side,
Rich wounds, yet visible above, 
In beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky 
Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his wond’ring eye 
At mysteries so bright.

Crown him the Lord of life, 
Who triumphed o’er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife 
For those he came to save.
His glories now we sing 
Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring 
And lives that death may die.

Crown him the Lord of heav’n, 
Enthroned in worlds above;
Crown him the King to whom is giv’n 
The wondrous name of Love.
Crown him with many crowns 
As thrones before him fall;
Crown him, ye kings, with many crowns 
For he is King of all.