Today is Ascension Sunday.

In the New Testament, the Ascension of Christ marks the close

of his appearances to the disciples following the Resurrection.

Jesus gathered his disciples together and promised they would soon

be baptized with the Holy Spirit, receiving power to be his witnesses.

Having said these things, “He was taken up before their very eyes,

and a cloud hid him from their sight.”

 

Christ’s ascension means that in heaven there is one who,

knowing firsthand the experience of human life, intercedes for us

and encourages us to focus “on things above, where Christ is seated

at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1-2) to rule over all things

in heaven and throughout the universe” (Eph 1:10, 20-23).

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Gathering Time
"Come Let Us Worship / Psalm 95"  (Fernando Ortega)
As we come to worship you may chose to listen or sing this song you prepare your heart.

Come, let us worship and bow down

and kneel before the Lord, our Maker 

 

He is our God, he is our God - We are the people of his pasture

He is our God, he is our God - We are the sheep of his hand

Worship the Lord in holiness - Let the whole earth stand in awe

He will come to judge the earth In righteousness and truth

Call to Worship  Acts 1:11
Prayer for Ascension Day   Janna Kooi

Why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. 

Alleluia!

  

Praise to Our Risen King

"All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name"  (The Hymns Project) 

(Lyrics are included in this video)

Time of Confession
Call to Confession    from Hebrews 4

"Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in time of need."

 

In faith and repentance, let us confess our sin before God and one another:

Prayers of Confession  (read aloud in unison or individually)

Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from death to life, and crowned him Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed before him, or acknowledged his rule in our lives. We have gone along with the ways of the world, and failed to give him glory. Forgive us, and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ, who rules the world and is head of the Church, his body. Amen.

Speak or write out your private prayers of confession at this time...

Words of Assurance   

The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. May the God of mercy, who forgives you all your sins, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.                                   

 Sharing Christ's Peace

Because God has given us his peace, we are invited to share the peace of Christ with others. Whether digitally through a text message or by turning to someone next to you, share the peace of Christ now with the words: "The peace of Christ be with you!" If you are on the receiving end of these words, you are invited to reply, "And also with you."

   

         The Peace of Christ be with you.

          And also with you! 

"Build Your Kingdom Here"  (Rend Collective)

 (Lyrics are included in this video)  *We suggest higher voices sing down the octave with this recording...

Prayers of the People  Janna Kooi
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Congregational prayer response:

     And so, as you call us to, we pray:

     May your kingdom come.

Offering

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Word of God

Scripture Reading: Acts 1:1-8  Amy Piersma

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Message: "Power from Jesus" Jon Sherrill

Series: Following Jesus

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Our Response

"Holy Spirit, Rain Down"  (Hillsong)           

Chorus

Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down
O Comforter and Friend - how we need your touch again
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down
Let your power fall, let your voice be heard
come and change our hearts as we stand on your Word
Holy Spirit, rain down

No eye has seen, no ear has heard
no mind can know what God has in store
So open up heaven, open it wide
over your church and over our lives

Ending

Let your power fall, let your voice be heard
Come and change our hearts as we stand on your Word
Holy Spirit, rain down

Benediction

Option: as an individual or quarantine family, create/add movements for each line below -

we will use this benediction throughout this sermon series.

God go before you to lead you,

God go behind you to protect you,

God go beneath you to support you,

God go beside you to befriend you.

Do not be afraid. 

May the blessing of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be upon you. 

Do not be afraid.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen.

Song of Dismissal: “Christ Be in My Waking”  (Townend/Brading)

 

   

Postlude: "Improvisation on 'Crown Him with any Crowns'" (Owen Tellinghuisen)
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Family Devotional
May 24 2020
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