Order of Worship – Easter VII (Ascension) – May 24, 2020

Ward Hill Church of Christ the King – A Christ-Centered Community of Faith, Hope, & Love

The Lord’s Day, May 24, in the Lord’s Year 2020 – Seventh Sunday of Easter – Ascension Sunday

Please speak bold words and sing italicized words.

Meeting God

Prelude & Quiet Prayer – five minutes before service (9:55-10:00 am)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Christ is Risen and Ascended!

He sits at the right hand of the Father and rules over all. Alleluia! Amen!

Hymn 290   Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise                                                       LLANFAIR

Invocation

Being Reconciled to God and One Another

Confession of Sin:  Gracious God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you have promised to receive us when we come to you. We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you or our neighbors as we should. Forgive us, O God, and grant that in the Holy Spirit we may live and serve you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness: If you have repented of your sin and turned in faith to Jesus Christ, I can declare through Christ’s atoning death and life-giving resurrection that you are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

New Life in Christ: If you love God, keep his commandments. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Response (Hymn 494, verse 4)                                                                         DOVE OF PEACE

Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls, and bid resentment cease; then, reconciled to God and man our lives will spread your peace.

O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths shall show forth your praise.

Gloria Patri (Hymn 735)                                                         GLORIA PATRI (GREATOREX)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.

 The Peace of Christ

The peace of the Risen and Ascended Christ be with you. And also with you.

 Welcome & Announcements; Scripture & Catechism – see Bell Ringer

Honoring Those Who Died for Their Country for Memorial Day

 Hymn 712   O God of Love, O King of Peace                                                            QUEBEC

 Preparing to Hear God

Hymn 287   Morning Sun                                                                       MUSIC ANNO DOMINI

Hymn 288   Jesus Christ Has Triumphed Now                            RESURRECTION (WILSON)

 Collect for Easter VII: O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

 Hearing God by Word and Spirit

The Holy Scriptures

Acts 1:1-14                              Psalm 68:1-10,32-35

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11           John 17:1-11

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Sermon – “Something Strange”

Answering God in Faith, Prayer, and Giving

The Apostles’ Creed – hymnal page 845

Prayers of Thanksgiving, Petition, and Intercession

Offering Ourselves and Our Gifts to God

Offertory (Hymn 729)                                                                                 HERR JESU CHRIST

All things are thine; no gift have we, Lord of all gifts, to offer thee; and hence with grateful hearts today, thine own before thy feet we lay.

 Doxology (Hymn 731)                                                                    OLD HUNDREDTH

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Being Sent with God’s Blessing into the World

Hymn 289   A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing                         LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Benediction

Postlude

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