This service comes to you with my hope and prayer that you will find it helpful in your morning worship at home during this time of lockdown. Please be assured of my ongoing prayers for you all, and I look forward to the day (very soon, I hope), when we can meet again together to worship God in spirit and in truth.
For our Morning Worship, we shall continue to follow our usual Bible readings and prayers that we would normally be using in church, and there will be seasonal variations from time to time. Although I can’t supply the music, I shall always include some hymns for you to use as you wish.
As always, you are very much in my prayers at this difficult time and if you would like a call from me during the week please do let Carole know (01386 860389) or call me direct on the Rectory number (01905 841563).
Alleluia. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us new life and hope, and has raised Jesus from the dead. Amen.
Let us pray:
Faithful One, whose word is life: come with saving power to free our praise today, inspire our prayer and shape our lives for the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord, we come to you now in sorrow for our sins, and confess to you our weakness and unbelief. We have lived by our own strength, and not by the power of your resurrection.
In your mercy, forgive us and help us.
We have lived by the light of our own eyes, as faithless and not believing. We have lived for this world alone and doubted our home in heaven.
In your mercy, forgive us and help us.
May the God of love and power forgive us and free us from our sins. May he heal and strengthen us by his Spirit and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.
Risen, ascended Lord, as we rejoice at your triumph, fill your Church on earth with power and compassion, that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness and know your peace, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Hymn: Love Divine, all love excelling
Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us Thy humble dwelling,
all Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu. Thou are all compassion,
pure, unbounded love Thou art;
visit us with Thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.
Come, Almighty to deliver,
let us all Thy grace receive;
suddenly return, and never,
never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
pray, and praise Thee without ceasing,
glory in Thy perfect love.
Finish then Thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see Thy great salvation,
perfectly restored in Thee.
Changed from glory into glory
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before Thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise!
Reading: Acts 1:6-14
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 towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They 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.’
Then they 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, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
Reflection from Gary:
Last Thursday was Ascension Day, and, to me, it always speaks of hope with a capital ‘H’- hope for the future, and the past, and hope for the present, perhaps especially in the midst of the world’s present situation.
Ascension Day is all part of God’s wonderful plan of salvation for us through his Son- his birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, and the sending of the Holy Spirit- it all gives, as some writers say, ‘the complete picture’.
It’s a bit like finding the final missing page of a book we have been reading! The disciples finally realised who Jesus was: the Son of God, King of Kings, and Lord of all.
Look again at the question the angels asked in verse 11 and see what you think. The disciples still had work to do in telling the world about the risen Christ, and we continue that work ourselves.
As the great John Stott once said about this: ‘Their call was to be witnesses, not stargazers- their vision was not upwards in nostalgia, but outwards in compassion to a lost world that really needed Jesus…’
So, pray the passage through and ask yourself the question: ‘What do I think of the Ascension’? In these next few days, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we are being asked to set aside just a few minutes at 12 noon each day (if possible) for quiet prayer. Jesus reigns in heaven; he is the risen and ascended Saviour, and sovereign over all- our lives, our hearts, and our future.
Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; he was buried; he was raised to life on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles: this we have received, and this we believe. Amen.
Our Prayers: (Please feel free to pray as you wish)
- We pray for our world and the leaders of the nations at this time.
- We pray for our own nation, our government and the Royal Family.
- We pray for our Church, both nationally and locally…pray especially for wisdom for our Archbishops, Bishops, and local clergy.
- We pray for ourselves, our families and friends, and all known to us in any kind of need.
Lord, please turn my weakness into strength, and fear into courage as I think about the Ascension.
May there be a new beginning in my life and hope where there might have been despair.
May joy be in my heart each day, and may others see the difference that you have made in me.
Lord, you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven- may I serve you for the rest of my life. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer:
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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he has given us new life and hope. He has raised Jesus from the dead and has claimed us as his own. He has brought us out of darkness and made us light to the world. May each one of us be that light this week, wherever we are. Amen.
Hymn: I the Lord of sea and sky
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear My light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.
I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them,
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak My word to them
Whom shall I send?
I, the Lord of wind and flame
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them,
My hand will save
Finest bread I will provide,
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give My life to them,
Whom shall I send?
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Final Prayer and Blessing:
The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said: ‘Peace be with you’. Then they were glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.
May the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will, working in us that which is well-pleasing in his sight;
and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be with us and remain with us, and all those we love both now, and for evermore. Amen.