The Blessings of Christ’s Ascension

The Blessings of Christ's Ascension

The Sermon: Psalm 68: 15-20

15 The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains; rugged are the mountains of Bashan. 16Why gaze in envy, O rugged mountains, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the LORD himself will dwell forever?17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands;the Lord [has come] from Sinai into his sanctuary.18 When you ascendedon high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men,even fromthe rebellious– that you, O LORD God, might dwell there.19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”Selah”20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. [84 NIV]

The Blessings of Christ’s Ascension

1. Our Omnipotent Lord Still Rules

2. Jesus Led Captivity Captive

3. Christ Gave Gifts To Men

Listen to the sermon:

Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. Psalm 68:20

AscensionSunday

Saturday, May 31 (6:00 p.m.) & Sunday, June 1, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening  TLH 213 : Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise Hymnary.org link

The Invocation And Responsive Ascension Reading

P: The Lord reigns; He is robed in majesty and armed with strength.

C: The world is firmly established and cannot be moved. Your throne was established long ago, for You are from eternity.

P: Mightier than the thunder of the great waters and the breakers of the sea is the Lord almighty.

C: Your statues stand firm; Holiness adorns Your house forever, O Lord.

TLH 13 : Before Jehovah's Aweful Throne Hymnary.org link

 

♫  Before Jehovah’s mighty throne, Ye nations, bow with humble awe;
Know that the Lord is God alone; He can create and He destroy.

We are his people, we his sheep, Our souls and all our mortal frame.
In love He blesses and He keeps – All praise and glory to His Name.

P: After Jesus had taken his disciples up to the Mount of Olives, encouraged them in their great calling of proclaiming the Gospel to all the earth, and as He was blessing them, He was suddenly taken up before their eyes until a cloud hid Him from their sight.

C: As they were looking intently into the sky, suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do stand there gazing 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.” (Acts 1: 9-11)

P: “Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him a Name that is above every name,

C: That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

P: “The incomparable power of God is at work in us who believe. That mighty power was at work in Christ when God raised Him from the dead and seated him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come.

C: And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the Church, which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1:19-21)

TLH 13 : Before Jehovah's Aweful Throne Hymnary.org link

♫  O grant, our prayer, Ascended Lord: Our eyes to see Your boundless love, Our hearts in faith look to Your Word; O bring us to our home above.

To Father, Son & Holy Ghost, The God Whom heaven & earth adore
From us and from the angel host,  Be praise and glory evermore. 

The Nicene Creed (Page 22 in Hymnal)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Hymn TLH 219 : The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns Hymnary.org link

1. The Head that once was crowned with thorns Is crowned with glory now;
A royal diadem adorns The mighty Victor’s brow.

2. The highest place that heaven affords  Is His, is His by right,
The King of kings and Lord of lords,  And heaven’s eternal Light;

3. The Joy of all who dwell above, The Joy of all below
To whom He manifests His love And grants His name to know.

4. To them the cross, with all its shame, With all its grace, is given;
Their name an everlasting name, Their joy the joy of heaven.

5. They suffer with their Lord below, They reign with Him above,
Their profit and their joy to know The mystery of His love.

6. The cross He bore is life and health, Though shame and death to Him:
His people’s hope, His people’s wealth, Their everlasting theme.

The Sermon..………………………………………… Psalm 68: 15-20

15 The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains; rugged are the mountains of Bashan. 16Why gaze in envy, O rugged mountains, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the LORD himself will dwell forever?17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands;the Lord [has come] from Sinai into his sanctuary.18 When you ascendedon high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men,even fromthe rebellious– that you, O LORD God, might dwell there.19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”Selah”20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. [84 NIV]

The Blessings of Christ’s Ascension

1. Our Omnipotent Lord Still Rules

2. Jesus Led Captivity Captive

3. Christ Gave Gifts To Men

The Offering, Pre-Communion Prayer and Consecration

The Distribution of the Lord’s Supper (Hymns TLH 307 : Draw Nigh and Take the Body of the Lord Hymnary.org link & TLH 216 : On Christ's Ascension I Now Build Hymnary.org link )

May the Lord bless the “first Communion” of our recent confirmands – Matthew Frater, Jack Gullerud, Austin Karow, Emma Olmanson, Kiera Olmanson and Lauren Sotnyk. One of our CLC high-schoolers, Malachi Kellogg, whose membership will soon be transferred here, has completed a private course of confirmation instruction with Pastor and also will join us in the Sacrament.

(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

The “Nunc Dimittis” (Hymnal, P 29-30)

Our Prayer And The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn TLH 215 : Draw Us to Thee Hymnary.org link

1. Draw us to Thee, For then shall we Walk in Thy steps forever
And hasten on Where Thou art gone To be with Thee, dear Savior.

2. Draw us to Thee, Lord, lovingly; Let us depart with gladness
That we may be Forever free From sorrow, grief, and sadness.

3. Draw us to Thee; Oh, grant that we May walk the road to heaven!
Direct our way Lest we should stray And from Thy paths be driven.

4. Draw us to Thee That also we Thy heavenly bliss inherit
And ever dwell Where sin and hell No more can vex our spirit.

5. Draw us to Thee Unceasingly, Into Thy kingdom take us;
Let us fore’er Thy glory share, Thy saints and joint heirs make us.

Silent Prayer and Announcements