To be led by the oldest gathered.
Almighty God, as we prepare to worship today,
we ask that you will stretch our imaginations
to sense the majesty and mystery of your ascension.
Help us perceive how Jesus’ presence in heaven
can give us confidence in our praying and hope for the future.
Through Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
To be read responsively. ALL read the bold together. Individuals can take turns on the leader sections.
Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,
sing praise to the Lord,
to him who rides across the highest heavens,
who thunders with mighty voice.
Sing praise to the Lord.
Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel,
whose power is in the heavens.
Sing praise to the Lord.
You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary;
the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
Praise the Lord!
To be led by the second sibling.
We come, O Lord, on this day of glory to confess our lack of trust.
While we sing of your lordship over all creation,
we have too often acted as though you are powerless
in the face of today’s events.
Help us to live with confidence
in your presence today and in hope for life with you forever. Amen.
To be read by the third sibling.
Hear the good news of the gospel:
If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous;
and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,
and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
In Christ, we are forgiven! Thanks be to God.
Annette Rip and AJ Hochhalter share a special song about faith in God's provision in times of uncertainty.
The offering is a chance for us to express our gratitude to God for the provision He has made for us in Jesus and also for the physical and financial blessings He has provided us. In giving back a portion of what God has blessed us, we are acknowledging that it was never ours in the first place.
This week’s special offering is for the Seminary Fund which aides those who answer God's call by attending Seminary.
The following, or other prayers of thanksgiving and intercession may be said. This model provides helpful phrases for each section of the prayer, allowing those praying to improvise within each section.
As you pray, especially remember those on our prayer & praise list:
The family of Cheryl Albers | Mourning her death
Betty Van Essen | Recovering from stroke
William Bouwman | Recovering from lung surgery
Sid Bouma | Kidney
Tricia Hamstra-Mesa | Cancer/lymphoma
Tarah Artino (Grabow) | Kidney transplant
Ruth Griffoen, Tom Bos, John de Jong, Virginia Bouma, Ron Oliveras | Parkinson’s
Henry Karsten | Back pain
Etta Van De Kieft, Pat Griepsma | Heart
Jane Veenendaal | Broken pelvis
Doug DeGroff | Continued back recovery
Jesus Christ, mediator and high priest, we thank you for becoming human and for experiencing the joys and sorrows of life, which assures us that you are able to sympathize and rejoice with us. We praise you for the many joys of life:
for the beauty of creation…
for your ongoing work in this world…
for the growth of your kingdom…
the for the greatest source of our happiness, the gift of eternal life.
As our mediator, you stand before God, interceding on our behalf, so we boldly bring before you our prayers for
creation and its care…
nations around the world, our nation, our state, and our community…
the church universal, and our congregation in its ministry…
persons with particular needs…
We pray this in your strong name, O Christ, our prophet, priest, and king. Amen.
Ascension Sunday - Acts 1:1-14
To be sung a cappella by all gathered.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.