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Bulletin 5/12/2024 10:45 a.m. Worship Service

May 12, 2024

Ascension Sunday

 

Announcements 

 

Invocation

 

Scripture: Acts 1:1-11

 

1 In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning

2 until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.

3 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.

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;

5 for 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?"

7 He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.

8 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."

9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.

11 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."

 

“Shine, Jesus, Shine”

 

Lord, the light of your love is shining

In the midst of the darkness, shining

Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us

Set us free by the truth you now bring us

Shine on me, shine on me

 

{Chorus}

Shine, Jesus, shine

Fill this land with the Father's glory

Blaze, Spirit, blaze

Set our hearts on fire

Flow, river, flow

Flood the nations with grace and mercy

Send forth your word

Lord, and let there be light

 

{Verse 2}

Lord, I come to your awesome presence

From the shadows into your radiance

By the blood I may enter your brightness

Search me, try me, consume all my darkness

Shine on me, shine on me

 

Chorus}

Shine, Jesus, shine

Fill this land with the Father's glory

Blaze, Spirit, blaze

Set our hearts on fire

Flow, river, flow

Flood the nations with grace and mercy

Send forth your word

Lord, and let there be light

 

{Verse 3}

As we gaze on your kingly brightness

So our faces display your likeness

Ever changing from glory to glory

Mirrored here may our lives tell your story

Shine on me, shine on me

 

Chorus}

Shine, Jesus, shine

Fill this land with the Father's glory

Blaze, Spirit, blaze

Set our hearts on fire

Flow, river, flow

Flood the nations with grace and mercy

Send forth your word

Lord, and let there be light

 

“How Great Thou Art”

Hymn #33

 

O Lord, my God, ​

when I in awesome wonder​

Consider all the worlds ​

Thy hands have made,​

 

I see the stars, ​

I hear the rolling thunder,​

Thy pow’r thro’-out ​

the universe displayed.​

 

Then sings my soul,​

my Savior God, to Thee.​

How great Thou art!​

How great Thou art!​

[x2]​

 

When thro’ the woods ​

and forest glades I wander​

And hear the birds​

sing sweetly in the trees,​

 

When I look down ​

from lofty mountain grandeur​

And hear the brook​

and feel the gentle breeze,​

 

And when I think that God, ​

His Son not sparing,​

Sent Him to die, ​

I scarce can take it in;​

 

That on the cross, ​

my burden gladly bearing,​

He bled and died ​

to take away my sin.​

 

When Christ shall come ​

with shout of acclamation​

And take me home, ​

what joys shall fill my heart!​

 

Then I shall bow ​

in humble adoration​

And there proclaim: ​

My God, how great Thou art!​

 

Invitation

Confession

Pardon

Peace

 

Christ our Lord invites to his table​

all who love him,​​   who earnestly repent of their sin​ ​

and seek to live in peace ​

r4rfd`  ~~1awith one another.​​Therefore, let us confess our sin​

before God and one another.​​

 

God of grace and love,

here is our prayer:

Have mercy on us 

for the wrong we have done.

Show us where 

our service is needed.

 

Help us set aside 

our prejudice and bias.

Fill us with a longing 

to know you better.

Forgive us 

our lukewarm responses.

 

Kindle in us passion for your work.

Set us free from sin and fear.

Send us out to be your people.

This we pray in the name of Jesus,

our leader, our guide, our Savior. Amen.

 

Hear the good news,

Christ died for us 

while we were still sinners, 

which proves God’s love for us.  ​​In the name of Jesus Christ, 

You Are forgiven

 

In the name of Jesus Christ, You Are forgiven​

Glory to God, Amen.

 

Offering

 

Praise God from whom all    flow.

Praise Him all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

 

Joys & Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

 

Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23

 

15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason

16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.

17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him,

18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints,

19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.

20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,

21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come.

22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church,

23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

“Sing the Story”

 

The Father spoke and there was life​

Formed humans from dust and delight​

But with that cunning serpent’s sleight​

Expelled them east of Eden’s heights​

 

But God intended still to dwell​

Among His people who rebelled​

And He elected Israel​

Darkness to one day dispel​

 

Let us sing the story of our God​

Who’s turning darkness into light​

Let us sing the story of our God​

Who’s turning death back info life​

 

He is making all things right​

Til earth is filled with heaven’s light​

So let us sing the story of our God​

Who’s making all things new​

 

Behold the Lamb of God who came​

Ruined sinners to reclaim​

For a Kingdom He proclaimed​

Coming with the Spirit’s flame​

 

When nails and fangs looked like defeat​

For Israel’s true royal seed​

He crushed the snake beneath His feet​

The Lamb of God won victory​

 

Let us sing the story of our God​

Who’s turning darkness into light​

Let us sing the story of our God​

Who’s turning death back info life​

 

He is making all things right​

Til earth is filled with heaven’s light​

So let us sing the story of our God​

Who’s making all things new​

 

And He arose with third day’s light​

The firstfruits of eternal life​

Ascended to the Father’s side​

Til He returns to here abide​

 

With new creation in His sight​

He’ll wipe away death’s wicked blight​

From empty graves, the saints will rise​

To praise the name of Jesus Christ​

 

Let us sing the story of our God​

Who’s turning darkness into light​

Let us sing the story of our God​

Who’s turning death back info life​

 

He is making all things right​

Til earth is filled with heaven’s light​

So let us sing the story of our God​

Who’s making all things new​

 

He is making all things right​

Til earth is filled with heaven’s light​

So let us sing the story of our God​

Who’s making all things new​

 

So let us sing the story of our God​

Who’s making all things new​

 

“This I Believe”

 

Our Father everlasting

​The all creating One​

God Almighty​

 

Through Your Holy Spirit​

Conceiving Christ the Son

​Jesus our Savior​

 

I believe in God our Father ​

I believe in Christ the Son​

I believe in the Holy Spirit ​

Our God is three in one  

 

I believe in the resurrection

​That we will rise again

​For I believe in the name of Jesus​​

 

Our Judge and our Defender ​

Suffered and crucified​

Forgiveness is in You​

 

Descended into darkness​

You rose in glorious life​

Forever seated high ​

 

I believe in God our Father ​

I believe in Christ the Son​

I believe in the Holy Spirit ​

Our God is three in one  ​

 

I believe in the resurrection

​That we will rise again

​For I believe in the name of Jesus​

 

I believe in You

​I believe You rose again

​I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord​

[x2]​

 

I believe in God our Father ​

I believe in Christ the Son​

I believe in the Holy Spirit ​

Our God is three in one  ​

 

I believe in the resurrection

​That we will rise again

​For I believe in the name of Jesus​

 

I believe in God our Father ​

I believe in Christ the Son​

I believe in the Holy Spirit ​

Our God is three in one  ​

 

I believe in the resurrection

​That we will rise again

​For I believe in the name of Jesus​

 

For I believe in the name of Jesus

​For I believe in the name of Jesus​

 

I believe in life eternal

​I believe in the virgin birth

​I believe in the saints' communion

​And in Your holy Church​

 

I believe in the resurrection​

When Jesus comes again

​For I believe, in the name of Jesus​

 

I believe in the resurrection​

When Jesus comes again​

For I believe, in the name of Jesus​

 

I believe in God our Father ​

I believe in Christ the Son​

I believe in the Holy Spirit ​

Our God is three in one  ​

 

I believe in the resurrection​

When Jesus comes again​

For I believe, in the name of Jesus​

For I believe, in the name of Jesus​

 

Scripture: Luke 24:44-53

 

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."

45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,

46 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,

47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

48 You are witnesses of these things.

49 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."

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them.

51 While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.

52 And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy;

53 and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

 

Message: Pastor Ryan

“Live the Story”

 

Communion

 

The Communion Supper, instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a sacrament, which proclaims His life, His sufferings, His sacrificial death and resurrection, and the hope of His coming again. It shows forth the Lord’s death until His return.  The Supper is a means of grace in which Christ is present by the Spirit.  It is to be received in reverent appreciation and gratefulness for the work of Christ. All those who are truly repentant, forsaking their sins, and believing in Christ for salvation are invited to participate in the death and resurrection of Christ. We come to the table that we may be renewed in life and salvation and be made one by the Spirit.

In unity with the Church, we confess our faith:

 

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

 

Holy God,  We gather at this, your table, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who by your Spirit was anointed to preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, set at liberty those who are oppressed. Christ healed the sick, fed the hungry, ate with sinners, and established the new covenant for forgiveness of sins. We live in the hope of His coming again.  On the night in which He was betrayed, He took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread, gave it to His disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Likewise, when the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks, gave it to His disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you, this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.” Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  And so, we gather as the Body of Christ to offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving. Pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on these your gifts. Make them by the power of your Spirit to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the Body of Christ, redeemed by His blood.  By your Spirit make us one in Christ, one with each other, and one in the ministry of Christ to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen. And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, let us pray:

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen

 

 Benediction

 

 

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