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The Feast of the Ascension Seventh Sunday of Easter

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Welcome to the Service for Ascension.

Prayer of the day

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. Amen.

 Song performed by children from the  Children’s Choir   

      

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory, the King above all kings.

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
And leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of Glory, the King above all kings.

This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You've done for me

 Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory, the King of Glory

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

This is amazing grace………..

Reading read by Neil Porter, a Dad from St. Michael’s, Little Horsted. Luke 24:44-end

 44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension of Jesus

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53 and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

Talk: by Fr. Mike

Ascension Island, 4000 miles away on the equator off Africa, is an amazing place where exotic NEW LIFE flourishes- turtles lay eggs, colourful tropical fish and orange land crabs scuttle about,whatever is planted grows This NEW LIFE represents for me, what Ascension is all about, the new life for us and for the new church.

But for the disciples at the time the Ascension wouldn’t have seemed like that at all! They would have felt shattered, bereft, lost and frightened. All of us can think of losing someone who was very dear to us. For a time we can’t believe life can go on as it was before. But God had a way of making good things come from our loss. And so here at Ascension – Jesus achieved great things.

FIRST Our Lord went to prepare as place for us as He promised, eternal life in the nearer presence of Father God.

SECOND, before he is hidden in the clouds, Our Lord commissions his disciples to lead and establish his new church, Christ had to go away so that we might grow his church – into 2.5 billion Christians today !

Ascension is all about new life on earth. That new life, brothers and sisters is ours. Jesus body has gone away, his presence remains with us, his power through the holy spirit still does great deeds in the world. Instead we his disciples have become his body! And next week we will celebrate at Pentecost, this amazing birth of the new church!

Prayers  written by Sandra and by the Children themselves!

Our dear Lord and Redeemer

Just as Your Son taught His followers and any who would listen to Him that His life, death and resurrection was a fulfilment of the Scriptures with which they were

familiar, enable us to use the Written Word to enhance our knowledge of the true purpose of His most precious life.

Let us understand and learn the great messages You wish us to be guided by. Messages such as those encouraging honesty, forgiveness, service and love all

of which are so vital now and always.

In recalling the death and resurrection of Your Son and his promise of eternal life let us remember and pray for all those who have died in the last three months, we ask

that you bring comfort and peace to their grieving families and trust that their love endures in their memories.

Gracious and loving Lord accept this our prayer. Amen

A Poem by Kitty O’Mera

'And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listening more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed.

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed,

and the people joined together again,

they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images,

and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.'

 

Lord’s Prayer  &  Blessing

 

Hymn

I cannot tell why He whom angels worship,
Should set His love upon the sons of men,
Or why, as Shepherd, He should seek the wanderers,
To bring them back, they know not how or when.
But this I know, that He was born of Mary
When Bethlehem's manger was His only home,
And that He lived at Nazareth and laboured,
And so the Saviour, Saviour of the world is come.

I cannot tell how silently He suffered,
As with His peace He graced this place of tears,
Or how His heart upon the cross was broken,
The crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, He heals the brokenhearted,
And stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
And lifts the burden from the heavy laden,
For yet the Saviour, Saviour of the world is here.

I cannot tell how He will win the nations,
How He will claim His earthly heritage,
How satisfy the needs and aspirations
Of East and West, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see His glory,
And He shall reap the harvest He has sown,
And some glad day His sun shall shine in splendour
When He the Saviour, Saviour of the world is known.

Prayers for these strange times.

 Prayers for the outbreak

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.

For those who are ill

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe. Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

From one who is ill or isolated

O God, help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For medical staff and researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety: we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity. We are your people God, giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us. Amen.

The Prayer of St. Teresa of Avilla

Christ has no body now but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes through which he looks

Compassion on this world,

Yours are the feet with which  he walks to do good,

Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,

Yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Christ has no body now but yours.