Ascension Day

Thursday 21st May 2020 at 8.05 pm

The Greeting

What are you doing here?

All     We are looking for Jesus

        What are you doing here?

All     We have questions to ask

What are you doing here?

All     We seek hope, we seek healing

        What are you doing here?

All     We have heard God calling our names.

God has gone up with a shout,

All     the Lord with the sound of a trumpet

The Lord be with you

All     and also with you.

Alleluia. Christ is risen

All     He is risen indeed. Alleluia

Hymn

Hail the day that sees him rise

Introduction

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, for forty days we have been celebrating with joyful hearts the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, his bursting from the tomb and his defeat of the power of sin and death. He appeared to his disciples many times and told them about the kingdom of God.

Today we recall how he left this earth and returned to his Father, ascending into heaven to take his throne over all dominions and powers.  Trusting in his reign over all creation, and submitting to his kingly yet loving rule, let us hear the story of his parting.

The Ascension Reading

4 While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This,’ he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ 7He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

Acts 1: 4 – 11

At the end the reader says

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All     He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Gloria in Excelsis

The Gloria echo’s the song of the angels at the birth of Jesus, we sing it to proclaim the greatness of God.  The Cantor sings the words in normal type and the congregation respond with the words in Bold.

Seeing we have a great high priest who has passed through the heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us offer him the praise worthy of his name.

           Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Father.

All     Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Father.

        To him be glory for ever

All     To him be glory for ever.

        Alleluia, amen,

All     Alleluia, amen,

         Alleluia, amen,

All     Alleluia, amen,

       Glory to God, glory to God, Son of the Father.

All     Glory to God, glory to God, Son of the Father.

        To him be glory for ever

All     To him be glory for ever.

        Alleluia, amen,

All     Alleluia, amen,

         Alleluia, amen,

All     Alleluia, amen,

        Glory to God, glory to God, Glory to the Spirit.

All     Glory to God, glory to God, Glory to the Spirit

        To him be glory for ever

All     To him be glory for ever.

        Alleluia, amen,

All     Alleluia, amen,

         Alleluia, amen,

All     Alleluia, amen.

The Collect

The president introduces a period of silent prayer with the words

Let us pray that our risen and ascended Lord will lead us to eternal life.

Silence is kept.

Risen Christ,

you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven:

help us to seek and serve you,

that we may join you at the father’s side,

where you reign with the Spirit in Glory, now and forever.

All     Amen.

¶     The Liturgy of the Word

Reading

Sit

Daniel 7: 9 – 14

9 As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire. 
10 A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence.  A thousand thousand served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him.  The court sat in judgement, and the books were opened. 
11I watched then because of the noise of the arrogant words that the horn was speaking. And as I watched, the beast was put to death, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. 13As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.  14 To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.

at the end the reader says

This is the word of the Lord.

All     Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Alleluia, alleluia.  Go and make disciples of all nations, says the Lord. Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

All     Alleluia.

When the Gospel is announced the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

All     Glory to you, O Lord.

44 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

          at the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All     Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Creed

All     We believe in God whose love is the source of all life

and the desire of our lives,

whose love was given a human face

in Jesus of Nazareth, whose love was crucified by evil

that waits to enslave us all

and whose love, defeating even death,

is our glorious promise of freedom.

Therefore, though we are sometimes fearful

and full of doubt, in God we trust;

and, in the name of Jesus Christ,

we commit ourselves, in the service of others,

to seek justice and to live in peace, to care for the earth

and to share the commonwealth of God’s goodness,

to live in the freedom of forgiveness

and the power of the spirit of love,

and in the company of the faithful

so to be the church, for the glory of God.  Amen

Prayers of Intercession

Let us join our prayers with those of our Saviour Christ,

seeking the Father’s blessing and the gifts of the Spirit.

Jesus Christ, great high priest,

living for ever to intercede for us,

pray for the Church, your broken body in the world …

Lord, hear us.

All     Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, king of righteousness,

enthroned at the right hand of the majesty on high,

pray for the world, and make it subject to

your gentle rule …

Lord, hear us.

All     Lord, graciously hear us.

        Jesus Christ, Son of Man,

drawing humanity into the life of God,

pray for your brothers and sisters in need,

distress or sorrow …

Lord, hear us.

All     Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, pioneer of our salvation,

bringing us to glory through your death and resurrection,

surround with your saints and angels

those who have died trusting your promises …

Lord, hear us.

All     Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, Lord over all things,

ascended far above the heavens and filling the universe,

pray for us who receive the gifts you give us for

work in your service …

Lord, hear us.

All     Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit

and in the bond of peace,

and bring the whole created order

to worship at your feet;

for you are alive and reign with the Father

and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

All     Amen.

¶     The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

Jesus says: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
If you love me, rejoice because I am going to the Father.’ Alleluia.

Alleluia! The peace of the Lord be always with you

All     and also with you. Alleluia!

Preparation of the Table

Taking of the Bread and Wine

Hymn

Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.

Blessed be God,
by whose grace creation is renewed,
by whose love heaven is opened,
by whose mercy we offer our sacrifice of praise.

All     Blessed be God for ever.

The president takes the bread and wine.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you

All     and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

All     We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All     It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and good, our duty and our joy,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ the King of glory.

Born of a woman, he came to the rescue of our human race.

Dying for us, he trampled death and conquered sin.

By the glory of his resurrection

he opened the way to life eternal

and by his ascension, gave us the sure hope

that where he is we may also be.

Therefore the universe resounds with Easter joy

and with choirs of angels we sing for ever to your praise.

All      Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

We praise and bless you, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord; and as we obey his command,
send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.
Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection
until he comes in glory.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus

All     Dying you destroyed our death,

         rising you restored our life:

         Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day
when your kingdom comes
and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people,
gather us in your loving arms
and bring us with Mary, the Blessed Virgin, Peter, Francis,

Edmund, Felix, and all the saints to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever.

All     Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Being made one by the power of the Spirit,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

All     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 for ever. 
Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

        Lord, we died with you on the cross.

All     Now we are raised to new life.

We were buried in your tomb.

All     Now we share in your resurrection.

Live in us, that we may live in you.

Agnus Dei

All     Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

         have mercy on us,

         Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

         have mercy on us.

         Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

         grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

The president says the invitation to communion

Come to this table where the living Christ

offers us bread broken for our journeying

and wine poured out for our tears.

Share together in this meal where loss finds comfort in promise

and despair is transformed into hope.

Whoever you are, whatever you bring,

hear the risen Christ call your name;

and accept God’s invitation to new life.

I heard the voice of a great multitude crying, Alleluia.
The Lord our God has entered into his kingdom.

All     Blessed are those who are called to the supper of the

Lamb.  Alleluia.

The president receives communion on behalf of the whole people of God.

The body of Christ and The blood of Christ.

If you are making a spiritual communion (i.e. not receiving in person) you may wish to say the below:

In union, O Lord with the faithful at every altar of your Church,

where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated,

I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving.

I present to you my soul and body with the wish

that they may always be united to you.

And since I cannot now receive you in this sacrament,

I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.

I unite myself to you,

and embrace you with all the affections of my soul.

Let nothing ever separate you from me.

May I live and die in your love. Amen.

Any consecrated bread and wine which is not required for purposes of communion is consumed at the end of the distribution.

Prayer after Communion

Silence is kept.

God our Father, you have raised our humanity in Christ

and have fed us with the bread of heaven:

mercifully grant that, nourished with such spiritual blessings,

we may set our hearts in the heavenly places;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All     Amen.

All     We thank you, Lord,
that you have fed us in this sacrament,
united us with Christ,
and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet
prepared for all peoples.
Amen.

¶     The Dismissal

Hymn

How lovely on the mountains

Reading

Then the disciples returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.  When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying.  They were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

(Acts 1: 12, 13a and 14)

Silence is kept.

Responsory

As we wait in silence,

All     make us ready for your coming Spirit.

As we listen to your word,

All     make us ready for your coming Spirit.

As we worship you in majesty,

All     make us ready for your coming Spirit.

As we long for your refreshing,

All     make us ready for your coming Spirit.

As we long for your renewing,

All     make us ready for your coming Spirit.

As we long for your equipping,

All     make us ready for your coming Spirit.

As we long for your empowering,

All     make us ready for your coming Spirit.

The Blessing

God the Father,
who has given to his Son the name above every name,
strengthen you to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord.

All     Amen.

God the Son,
who is our great high priest passed into the heavens,
plead for you at the right hand of the Father.

All     Amen.

God the Holy Spirit,
who pours out his abundant gifts upon the Church,
make you faithful servants of Christ our King.

All     Amen.

And the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

Rest upon you, your homes

and all those who you love, this day, and always.

All     Amen.

A minister says

Waiting expectantly for the promised Holy Spirit,
go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

All     Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

The ministers and people depart.