Worship Elements: May 13, 2018

April 13th, 2018

Seventh Sunday of Easter/Ascension Sunday

Color: White
Scripture Readings:
ASCENSION SUNDAY: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19 [Editors’ Note: These readings are included for reference. The liturgies and prayersin this entry focus on the Ascension readings.]

Theme Ideas

With the eyes of our hearts enlightened, we put our faith in Jesus Christ, who was raised from the dead, and whose body is the church. Proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins in the name of Christ.

Invitation and Gathering

Contemporary Gathering Words (Psalm 47)

Clap your hands and shout to God
with loud songs of joy.
Sing praises to God, who fills the world
with forgiveness and grace.

Call to Worship (Acts 1, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1)

Christ is alive. He is risen from the dead.
The Holy One calls us to worship and praise.
Baptized with the power of the Holy Spirit,
we live with Christ in our hearts.
Clap your hands and shout to God
with loud songs of joy.
Sing praises to God, who fills the world
with forgiveness and grace.

Opening Prayer (Acts 1, Ephesians 1, Luke 24)

Blessed are you, Holy One,
creator of all that is and all that ever will be.
You sent your holy child, Jesus,
to heal us and bless us,
to show us your love.
After his suffering and death on the cross,
he was still among us,
proclaiming repentance and forgiveness of sins
for all who call on his name.
Just as you sent the power of the Holy Spirit
to those who first believed,
fill us now with your power and grace,
that we may become the hands and feet,
and heart and spirit, of Christ. Amen.

Proclamation and Response

Prayer of Confession (Acts 1, Luke 24)

Jesus said, “It is not for you to know the times
or periods that the Holy One has set.”
Yet we keep searching for signs and omens,
trying to predict the future
instead of living fully each day.
Jesus said, “John baptized with water,
but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Yet we are more concerned
with following the proper procedures,
than with opening our hearts
to those around us.
Jesus said, “You will receive power
when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.”
Forgive us, Holy One,
when we try to shape the world
according to our desires,
instead of asking for the power
to do your will.

Words of Assurance (Ephesians 1)

The Holy One enlightens the eyes of our hearts,
that we may know the hope to which we are called.
In the name of Christ, you are forgiven.
In the name of Christ, you are forgiven.
Glory to God.

Passing the Peace of Christ (Acts 1)

In the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ, let
us share signs of peace with one another.
The peace of Christ be with you.
The peace of Christ be with you always.

Response to the Word (Ephesians 1)

With the eyes of our hearts enlightened,
we become witnesses to the glory of God.

Thanksgiving and Communion

Invitation to the Offering (Ephesians 1)

Filled with the hope to which Christ has called us, let us
lay our gifts and offerings at the foot of the cross.

Offering Prayer (Psalm 47, Ephesians 1)

God of all creation, powerful Spirit, Savior of all,
use our gifts to bring hope to a world
that is in need of your grace. Amen.

Great Thanksgiving

Christ be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give our thanks to the Holy One.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is a right, good, and a joyful thing,
always and everywhere, to give our thanks to you,
Holy One, our God, Maker of all that is,
and all that ever will be.
We give you thanks for showing us your power
in the ancient stories of your people, Israel,
and in the new stories of hope
that are happening all around us.
We give you thanks for revealing yourself to us
in your holy child, Jesus,
for making us into members of his holy body,
the church, and for calling us to witness
to the power of your grace.
And so, with your creatures on earth
and all the heavenly chorus,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one
who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Holy are you, and holy is your child, Jesus Christ,
who lived, died, and appeared again to his friends
in Jerusalem, risen from the dead,
telling them to proclaim repentance
and the forgiveness of sins to all nations;
and now lives in those who are called by his name.

On the night in which he gave himself up,
Jesus took bread, gave thanks to you,
broke the bread, and gave it to the disciples, saying:
“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over, Jesus took the cup,
offered thanks and gave it to the disciples, saying:
“Drink from this, all of you;
this is my life in the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many,
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.”
And so, in remembrance of your mighty acts
in Jesus Christ, we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be the body of Christ
to a world that yearns for joy.
God of all creation, powerful Spirit, Savior of all,
we praise your holy, eternal, loving name. Amen.

Sending Forth

Benediction (Acts 1, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1, Luke 24)

Go into the world, clothed with power from on high,
carrying Christ’s message of forgiveness and joy.
The power of the Holy Spirit will go with you
as you bear witness to this good news. Amen.


From “The Abingdon Worship Annual,” edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, Copyright © Abingdon Press. 

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