Worship Bulletin for Sunday, June 2, 2019

SUNDAY JUNE 2, 2019

Ascen­sion of the Lord Sun­day

PRELUDE Prélude (Te Deum) — Marc Antoine Char­p­en­tier

CHORAL INTROIT  Sing to the Lord a New Song by Randy Edwards

GATHERING WORDS (Psalm 47)  

One: Every­body here, clap your hands!
All: God is in the house!
One: Every­body here, shout your praise to God!
All: God is in the house!
One: Every­body here, sing praise to God!
All: God is in the house!

HYMN #155 All Hail the Pow­er of Jesus’ Name

OPENING PRAYER

God of incred­i­ble sur­pris­es, as we gaze into the clouds, remind us that we are stand­ing on holy ground. Place our feet on the path­ways of peace and hope. Draw our atten­tion from the vision of the Lord ris­ing to the heav­ens to be with you and help us to focus on the min­istries that you would have us do. Keep us ready and will­ing always to serve you all our days. Amen.

MISSION MOMENT Youth from Brown Memo­r­i­al UMC

SONG #2088 Lord, I Lift your Name on High

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

GLORIA PATRI #70 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. Amen!

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS Because He Lives   Because he lives  I can face tomor­row. Because he lives all fear is gone. Because I know he holds the future, and life is worth the liv­ing just because he lives.

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Cares Cho­rus by Kel­ly Willard

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER

CHORAL ANTHEM You Are the Bread by Ruth Elaine Schram

GIVING OURSELVES TO GODRicer­care VI - G Pier­lui­gi da Palæst­ri­na

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS Majesty, Wor­ship His Majesty

Majesty, wor­ship His majesty! Unto Jesus be all glo­ry, hon­or and praise. Majesty, king­dom author­i­ty, flow from His throne unto His own, His anthem raise! So exalt lift up on high the name of Jesus.Magnify, come glo­ri­fy, Christ Jesus the King. Majesty, wor­ship His majesty! Jesus who died, now glo­ri­fied, King of all kings!

WRITTEN WORD Acts 1. 1–11 

In my for­mer book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was tak­en up to heav­en, after giv­ing instruc­tions through the Holy Spir­it to the apos­tles he had cho­sen. After his suf­fer­ing, he showed him­self to these men and gave many con­vinc­ing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a peri­od of forty days and spoke about the king­dom of God. On one occa­sion, while he was eat­ing with them, he gave them this com­mand: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John bap­tized with water, but in a few days you will be bap­tized with the Holy Spir­it.” So when they met togeth­er, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the king­dom to Israel?” 

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own author­i­ty. But you will receive pow­er when the Holy Spir­it comes on you; and you will be my wit­ness­es in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was tak­en up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were look­ing intent­ly up into the sky as he was going, when sud­den­ly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here look­ing into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been tak­en from you into heav­en, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heav­en.”  — NIV

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

• How are you at wait­ing for God to ful­fill what you believe he has promised you?

• What do you do as you wait upon God?

• Where can you bet­ter invest your­self in grow­ing and serv­ing the cause of Christ?

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION  What are you wait­ing for?          Dr. Bri­an Homan

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

For­giv­ing and gra­cious God, you have called us to be the church, to live out our Res­ur­rec­tion faith. You have asked us to place our trust in you and to bring to all the good news of your sav­ing love. But we have failed to do this. We have giv­en our faith a back seat to the trou­bles of the world and to the stress­es in our own life. We look for the quick and easy answers. For­give us for the small­ness of our faith. You, who raised Christ from the dead, have promised to raise our spir­its and bring us to new life. You have done this and yet, we remain sta­t­ic in our response to you. Clear our spir­its of the clut­ter of every­day liv­ing. Help us to be open always to your word and your love. Chal­lenge us to move in direc­tions of peace and hope for all peo­ple. These things we pray in the name of our risen Lord. Amen.

CELEBRATING HOLY COMMUNION

The ush­ers will come for­ward to receive bread and unfer­ment­ed wine to dis­trib­ute in the pews. Please wait until instruct­ed to par­take so we may do so togeth­er. All are wel­come to par­take of this cel­e­bra­tion.

CHALLENGE AND SENDING FORTH

L: Clap your hands! Let your spir­its rejoice! 

P: God has done won­drous things for us! 

L: Praise God to the high­est heav­ens! 

P: Christ has blessed our lives with his pres­ence and his teach­ings! 

L: We have joy­ous work to do for our God. 

P: God is with us in all that we say and do! 

L: We can do this work with con­fi­dence! 

P: Christ is with us in all that we say and do! 

L: We don’t have to be afraid to pro­claim the good news! 

P: The Holy Spir­it is with us in all that we say and do! 

L: Sing, rejoice! God loves us! 

P: Let all the peo­ple shout “Amen!” 

HYMN #584 (vers­es 1,2 & 5) Lord, You Give the Great Com­mis­sion

BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace by Don Besig

Go now in peace. Nev­er be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, stead­fast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to oth­ers so all the world can see. God will be there watch­ing from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

POSTLUDE Fan­fares — Jean Joseph Mouret