Worship Elements: Ascension Sunday 2021 (Option 3)

April 1st, 2021

Ascension Sunday

COLOR: White
SCRIPTURE READINGS: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53

THEME IDEAS

Ascension Sunday is a time to recognize God’s glory and rule over the earth. Jesus has been given power and dominion over all things. This Sunday, we can highlight this regal Jesus, our humble King of kings. The music and atmosphere of worship this day should reflect the reign of the ascended Christ over all things. It should also draw us to a place where we recognize that our calling comes
from the most high: we must search for the hope to which God has called us.

INVITATION AND GATHERING

Call to Worship (Psalm 47)

Clap your hands! Shout for joy!
Our Lord reigns on the throne of glory!
We open our hearts to the ascended Lord,
who sits on the throne of glory!

Opening Prayer (Ephesians 1)

Lord of Lords,
illumine our hearts this day,
that we may feel your glory
and live into the hope
to which you have called us. Amen.

PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE

Prayer of Confession (Luke 24)

O Lord,
we have not lived our lives
as kingdom people.
We place our crowns
on hopelessness, fear,
and selfishness.
We are ruled by our schedules
and our need for control.
We make kings of the things we acquire
and queens of our immediate desires.
We forget that your kingdom
draws near to us on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Forgive us, we pray.
Come, Lord,
and open in us
the gates of your kingdom. Amen.

Words of Assurance (Luke 24)

The God of our Lord Jesus Christ
blesses us and calls us “kingdom people.”
In the name of the reigning Christ,
we are forgiven.
In the name of the reigning Christ,
we are forgiven. Glory to God! Amen.

Passing the Peace of Christ (Acts 1)

The glory of God reigns in each of us! Let the peace of Christ within you greet the peace of Christ in your neighbor.

Response to the Word (Ephesians 1)

The word of God speaks to our hearts.
(Silent reflection)
The word of God speaks to our community.
(Silent reflection)
The word of God speaks to our nation.
(Silent reflection)
The word of God speaks to our world.
(Silent reflection)
May God give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation
as we come to know Christ.
Lord, help us know the glorious hope
to which you have called us
through your word.

THANKSGIVING AND COMMUNION

Invitation to the Offering (Luke 24)

Gifted with the grace of God, and clothed with power from on high, let us now offer ourselves to the building of God’s kingdom.

Offering Prayer (Luke 24)

Bless these gifts, O Lord of all,
that we might worship you with great joy
and serve your people with great love.
In Christ’s name, amen.

Invitation to Communion

Come to the table. It’s an open feast.
Christ invites us all—
the rich and the poor,
the outcast and the honored.
Come to the gathering of sinners and saints.
Come to this blessed table where Christ reigns.
Come and taste the kingdom of God,
where all are welcome.

Prayer following Communion

Lord, you have given us peace
and blessed us with a taste
of your heavenly banquet.
As we leave your table,
usher us into your kingdom,
now and forever. Amen.

SENDING FORTH

Benediction (Psalm 47)

Clap your hands all you people!
Sing to God with songs of joy!
Go forth praising God, who reigns on high!

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