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