The Sunday after Ascension, 24 May 2020, 24 May 2020
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”
“Jesus Shall Reign” – Tarkwa Crusaders Choral -Ghana.
1 Jesus shall reign where’er the sun does its successive journeys run,
his kingdom stretch from shore to shore, till moons shall wax and wane no more.
2 To him shall endless prayer be made, and praises throng to crown his head.
His name like sweet perfume shall rise with every morning sacrifice.
3 People and realms of every tongue dwell on his love with sweetest song,
and infant voices shall proclaim their early blessings on his name.
4 Blessings abound where’er he reigns: the prisoners leap to lose their chains,
the weary find eternal rest, and all who suffer want are blest.
5 Let every creature rise and bring the highest honors to our King,
angels descend with songs again, and earth repeat the loud amen.
A Reading from the Gospels: John 17:1-11 (NLT)
The Prayer of Jesus
After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.
“I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.
“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.
Psalm 27 (One Thing) – Shane & Shane
Prayers of Intercession:
Lord God: My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
Hear us as we pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer us!
+ You are our light and our salvation, guide us through the dark valleys of these days….
+ You are our light and our salvation, teach us how to live under the shadow of death….
+ You are our light and our salvation, show us how to lift our heads high and sing your praises….
+ You are our fortress, keep us on a high rock out of danger’s reach and deliver us from fear….
+ You are our fortress, fill us with faith and confidence even though we are surrounded by enemies….
+ You are our fortress, defend us, cause our enemies to stumble and fall when they attack us….
+ You are our sanctuary, hold us close to you, that we may delight in you….
+ You are our sanctuary, hold us close to you, that we may live with you forever….
+ You are our sanctuary, hold us close to you, that we may stay focused on you….
+ You are our helper, don’t leave us or reject us in these times of trouble….
+ You are our helper, heal the sick and those dying from this world-wide plague…
+ You are our helper, be ever-present with those who are isolated and alone….
Lord God: I am confident I will see your goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
Hear us as we pray, O Lord. Give us strength, courage, and patience as we wait for you.
Through Jesus Christ, your Son our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
A Reading from the Epistles: 1 Peter 4:13-16 (NLT)
Be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!
Rooftops – Jesus Culture
Closing: John 14:1 (NLT)
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen