Virtual Services

Ascension Day – 21st May 2020

Welcome

Good Morning everyone and welcome to All Saints virtual church and this time and space to reflect on this Ascension day.

For forty days we have been celebrating with joyful hearts the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, his bursting from the tomb and his defeat of the power of sin and death. He appeared to his disciples many times and told them about the kingdom of God.

Today we recall how he left this earth and returned to his Father, ascending into heaven to take his throne over all dominions and powers. Trusting in his reign over all creation, and submitting to his kingly yet loving rule, let us hear the story of his parting.

The Ascension Reading

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 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.’ 

Acts 1
4-11

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Worship

And so let us worship our God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit there are some suggestions below.

Offer your worship and thanks to God for who he is, for all that he has done throughout history and this very day. The following are suggestions and you may want to use one or a number of the following or simply find your own expression of praise and thankfulness.   

Either say or if you have a familiar tune, sing the  

Gloria in Excelsis 
Glory to God in the highest, 
and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, 
almighty God and Father, 
we worship you, we give you thanks, 
we praise you for your glory. 

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, 
Lord God, Lamb of God, 
you take away the sin of the world: 
have mercy on us; 
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: 
receive our prayer. 

For you alone are the Holy One, 
you alone are the Lord, 
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, 
with the Holy Spirit, 
in the glory of God the Father. 

Amen. 

Listen or sing along with one or both of these… 

Using ‘Thank you’ at the start of a sentence, tell God what you are thankful for  

e.g. Thank you God, that all through history you have been faithful. 

And when you’re ready, pray 

The Collect 

Risen Christ, 
you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven: 
help us to seek and serve you,
that we may join you at the Father’s side, 
where you reign with the Spirit in glory, 
now and for ever. 

All   Amen. 

Word

The great commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

Matthew 28
16-20

A reminder that today is the start of Thy Kingdom, a global prayer movement that invites Christians across the world to pray in this period between Ascension Day and Pentecost to pray that more people would come to know Jesus.  

There are lots of resources available through the website which can be found here : https://www.thykingdomcome.global. This has been sent out via the newsletter and we encourage you to get involved. As we move into a time of prayer, you are invited to listen to the hymn that has been written for this event.  

Witness

Prayers of Intercession

Let us join our prayers with those of our Saviour Christ,
seeking the Father’s blessing and the gifts of the Spirit.
Jesus Christ, great high priest,
living for ever to intercede for us,
pray for the Church, your broken body in the world …

Lord, hear us.

All Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, king of righteousness,
enthroned at the right hand of the majesty on high,
pray for the world, and make it subject to your gentle rule …

Lord, hear us.

All Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, Son of Man,
drawing humanity into the life of God,
pray for your brothers and sisters in need, distress or sorrow …

Lord, hear us.

All Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, pioneer of our salvation,
bringing us to glory through your death and resurrection,
surround with your saints and angels
those who have died trusting your promises …

Lord, hear us.

All Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, Lord over all things,
ascended far above the heavens and filling the universe,
pray for us who receive the gifts you give us for work in your service …

Lord, hear us.

All Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ,keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at your feet;
for you are alive and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

All Amen.

Merciful Father,

All accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Reading

Then the disciples 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. They were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Acts 1
12, 13a, 14

Responsory

As we wait in silence, 

All   make us ready for your coming Spirit. 
As we listen to your word, 
All   make us ready for your coming Spirit. 
As we worship you in majesty, 
All   make us ready for your coming Spirit. 
As we long for your refreshing, 
All   make us ready for your coming Spirit. 
As we long for your renewing, 
All   make us ready for your coming Spirit. 
As we long for your equipping,
All   make us ready for your coming Spirit. 
As we long for your empowering, 
All   make us ready for your coming Spirit. 

Community

The community of S17 has drawn together during these unusual times in a very special way. This is reflected in the great work of the S17 COVID-19 Community Support group.

The group aims to support those in the community who may be in need and to provide a support network to the S17 community at this time.

“If there are needy people in our community let’s ensure we help them out with things like bringing shopping to their door.”

The Wardens of All Saints Totley have been producing regular newsletters with helpful links, thoughts and resources. The latest of these is here.

We have also started to add resources for the younger members of our church, to add to this virtual service. They can be found here, and here.

Close

Blessing and Dismissal

May the Spirit, 
who set the Church on fire upon the day of Pentecost, 
bring the world alive with the love of the risen Christ. 
And the blessing of God almighty, 
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 
be among you and remain with you always. 

All   Amen. 

Waiting expectantly for the promised Holy Spirit, 
go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia. 
All   Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia. 

Reminder

If you have any feedback on this service or any other ideas, suggestions or contributions, for future services please do send these to comments@allsaintstotley.church