ASCENSION DAY SERVICE – THURSDAY 13 MAY

An Order of Service For Evening Worship (BCP) on Ascension Day
7pm, Thursday 13th May 2021

Beloved, we are come together in the presence of almighty God and of the whole company of heaven to offer unto him through our Lord Jesus Christ our worship and praise and thanksgiving; to make confession of our sins; to pray, as well for others as for ourselves, that we may know more truly the greatness of God’s love and shew forth in our lives the fruits of his grace; and to ask on behalf of all men such things as their well-being doth require.
Wherefore let us pray in silence and remember God’s presence with us now.

Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep.
We have followed too much the devices and desires
of our own hearts.
We have offended against thy holy laws.
We have left undone those things
which we ought to have done;
and we have done those things
which we ought not to have done;
and there is no health in us.
Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults.
Restore thou them that are penitent;
according to thy promises declared unto mankind
in Christ Jesu our Lord.
And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live
a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of thy holy name.
Amen.

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful Lord,
to thy faithful people pardon and peace,
that they may be cleansed from all their sins,
and serve thee with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

O Lord, open thou our lips
and our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.

Praise ye the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.

Psalm 47 King James Version
Read by Mike Gough

O clap your hands, all ye people;
shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
2 For the LORD most high is terrible;
he is a great King over all the earth.
3 He shall subdue the people under us,
and the nations under our feet.
4 He shall choose our inheritance for us,
the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
5 God is gone up with a shout,
the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises:
sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth:
sing ye praises with understanding.
8 God reigneth over the heathen:
God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
9 The princes of the people are gathered together,
even the people of the God of Abraham:
for the shields of the earth belong unto God:
he is greatly exalted.

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

Reading from Acts of the Apostles Chapter 1 verses 1-11
Read by Liz Shaw

1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

3 to whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

4 and, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

This is the Word of the Lord: Thanks be to God

ASCENSION DAY’S HYMN
Played by Corinne and sung by Graham

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
does his successive journeys run;
his kingdom stretch from shore to shore
till moons shall wax and wane no more.

People and realms of every tongue
declare his love in sweetest song,
and children’s voices shall proclaim
their early blessings on his name.

Blessings abound where Jesus reigns –
the prisoner leaps to lose his chains,
the weary find eternal rest,
the hungry and the poor are blessed.

Let all creation rise and bring
the highest honours to our king;
angels descend with songs again
and Earth repeat the loud ‘Amen!’

Gospel Reading: Luke 24. 44-53
Read by Simon Edens


44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

52 And they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 53 and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen

This is the Word of the Lord: Thanks be to God

Nunc dimittis Luke 2.29-32

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace
according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation;
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles
and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

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.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth:
and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.

He descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic Church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen

The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Let us pray

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
And grant us thy salvation.

O Lord, save the Queen.
And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

Endue thy ministers with righteousness.
And make thy chosen people joyful.

O Lord, save thy people.
And bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord.
Because there is none other
that fighteth for us,
but only thou, O God.


O God, make clean our hearts within us.
And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

Ascension Day Litany                       
(led by Reverend Jenni)

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

O Christ, hear us.
O Christ, graciously hear us.

Jesus, King of glory, your disciples saw you ascend into heaven:
Have mercy on us.
You are seated in glory at the right hand of the Father:
Have mercy on us.
All power in heaven and earth has been given to you, and you rule forever:
Have mercy on us.
You are adored by all God’s angels:
Have mercy on us.
You have opened the kingdom of God to all who believe:
Have mercy on us.
You are able to save completely those who come to God through you:
Have mercy on us.
You promise to give whatever we ask in your name:
Have mercy on us.
You are present through your body and blood in the sacrament of the altar:
Have mercy on us.
You have gone to prepare a place for us:
Have mercy on us.
You will come again in glory to judge the living and dead:
Have mercy on us.
You will take us to yourself, so that where you are, there we may be also:
Have mercy on us.

By your glorious resurrection and ascension,
save us, good Lord.
By your all-powerful intercession,
save us, good Lord.
By your triumphant majesty and power,
save us, good Lord.

That we who have risen with you may set our minds on things that are above,
not on things that are on earth;
hear us, good Lord.
That we may be holy and without blame before you in love;
hear us, good Lord.
That we may keep your commandments and remain in your love;
hear us, good Lord.
That you would remain with us through the power of the Comforter;
hear us, good Lord.
That we may have peace in you;
hear us, good Lord.
That you would pour out your Holy Spirit on your church:
hear us, good Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world:
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world:
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world:
Give us your peace.

Risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ,
we know that you are seated at the right hand of the Father in majesty.
Send us your Holy Spirit,
so that we may also be strengthened to know your constant presence with us
according to your promise to remain with us until the end of the age.
We ask this in your name,
for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

The Collect of Ascension Day

Grant, we pray, almighty God
that as we believe your only-begotten son
our Lord Jesus Christ
to have ascended into the heavens
so we in heart and mind
may also ascend
and with him continually dwell:
who is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

The Collect for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires,
all good counsels,
and all just works do proceed;
give unto thy servants that peace
which the world cannot give;
that both, our hearts may be set
to obey thy commandments,
and also that, by thee,
we being defended from
the fear of our enemies
may pass our time in rest and quietness;
through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

The Collect for Aid against all Perils

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;
and by thy great mercy defend us
from all perils and dangers of this night;
for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

The Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost,
be with us all evermore. Amen

Our service will close with this sung blessing

“The Lord Bless You & Keep You”

Played by Corinne & sung by Graham

13th May 2021 Ascension Day
LLM Paul