Sunday, May 24, 2020
Service of Online Morning Prayer
Observance of The Ascension

Welcome: Fr. Peter

Prelude –
Karina Ibarra, O God Beyond All Praising, arr. Lloyd Larson

(Introduction of Worship Participants and worship directions)

Opening Sentence:
Officiant: “Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.” Hebrews 9:24

The Invitatory and Psalter

Officiant: Lord, open our lips.
People:  And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

People: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!

Invitatory Psalm   (Officiant)

Antiphon: Alleluia. Christ the Lord has ascended into heaven: Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

Psalm 100

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *
      serve the Lord with gladness
      and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God; *
      he himself has made us, and we are his;
      we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
      give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
      and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

People: Alleluia. Christ the Lord has ascended into heaven: Come let us
adore him. Alleluia.
Psalm 47   Omnes gentes, plaudite     (Jeannie Canwell)
Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
      shout to God with a cry of joy.

For the Lord Most High is to be feared; *
      he is the great King over all the earth.

He subdues the peoples under us, *
      and the nations under our feet.

He chooses our inheritance for us, *
      the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout, *
      the Lord with the sound of the ram’s-horn.

Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
      sing praises to our King, sing praises.

For God is King of all the earth; *
      sing praises with all your skill.

God reigns over the nations; *
      God sits upon his holy throne.

The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
      with the people of the God of Abraham.

The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
and he is highly exalted.

People: Glory 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

The Lessons

Reader: A reading from the Acts of the Apostles    (Rosemary Cress)

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 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; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But 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.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward 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.”

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Reader: A reading from the Gospel of Luke (Richard Cress)

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.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And 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.”

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

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

The First Song of Isaiah Ecce, Deus  (Jeannie)

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;
Make his deeds known among the peoples; *
      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.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *
      for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
      as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Homily: Deacon Tom Hampson

The Apostles Creed

Officiant bids the Creed.


I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Virtual Passing of the Plate
The Prayers

Officiant: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Officiant: Let us pray.

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,
      for ever and ever. Amen.
Sufferages A

Officiant: Show us your mercy, O Lord;
People:  And grant us your salvation.

Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.

Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.

Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.

Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

The Collect of the Day - Ascension Day
Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

A Collect for Sundays
O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our
worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect for Mission
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For personal intentions

For Doctors and Nurses
Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For immigrants
Lord God, raise up in your strength all who have no permanent home and who live in anxiety and fear of deportation. Enlighten this nation to discern with compassion the needs of all who live here and all who seek a home among us.

For the Poor and the Neglected
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Anthem:    Crown Him with Many Crowns

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Officiant: Let us bless the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

Officiant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Karina Ibarra,   Rejoice, the Lord Is King,   arr. John Innes

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