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ASCENSION OF OUR LORD

Invocation
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy
Spirit.
C Amen.

Confession of Sins
PO almighty God, merciful Father,
CI, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and
iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly
deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am
heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I
pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the
holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved
Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor,
sinful being.

Absolution
PUpon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called
and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God
unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my
Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the
Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen.
Collect for Ascension
P Almighty God, as Your only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus
Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in
heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives

and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
forever. C Amen.

SCRIPTURE – Holy Gospel Luke 24:44–53
44Then (Jesus) 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 and the Prophets and the Psalms must be
fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the
Scriptures, 46and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ
should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47and that
repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his
name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses
of these things. 49And behold, I am sending the promise of my
Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with
power from on high.”

50Then he led them out as far as Bethany
and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51While he blessed
them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And
they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
53and were continually in the temple blessing God.
Sermon
Apostles’ Creed
C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and
earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived
by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius
Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The
third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and
sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He
will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy
Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the

forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T
everlasting. Amen.
Prayers
God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the trumpet. We
ask our ascended Lord, to hear the prayers of His people and grant our
humble requests. Your response to: we pray to the Lord, is... Lord, have
mercy.
That the Lord grant us all things in Christ so we may be sustained in trial,
strengthened in weakness and delivered from trouble, we pray to the Lord:
Lord, have mercy.
That the Lord may richly supply us with faithful pastors who will preach
Your Word in season and out; and that we may hear, believe and live out
this Gospel, we pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That the nations of the earth may seek peace; and that the leaders of our
country may pursue justice, righteousness and peace, we pray to the Lord:
Lord, have mercy.
That the pandemic may come to an end, and that livelihood and common
life may resume, we pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That all who are afflicted may be strengthened in illness and comforted in
adversity, for the shut-in and homebound members of our church, the
hospitalized, and those in nursing home care, especially Irene, Ruth,
William, Roy and Jane; we also pray for recovery including Elmer,
Donna, Jessica, Ruth, Rodger, Marcus, Sarah, Jean & Barbara...and
those who we name in our hearts before you... We also pray for the
revival of those who are withering in the faith or have fallen away; for
receptive hearts for worship and study on the Lord’s Day. we pray to the
Lord: Lord, have mercy.

That the Lord grant us joyful hearts and peace at the last, knowing that
neither death nor life, nor any powers, can separate us from the love of
God in Christ, we pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That we may be as generous in our offerings as the Lord is in giving us
His gifts, and that we may support the poor and those in need, we pray to
the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
That we may remember the saints of old, who struggled for the Lord in
their own day; and that we may join them at last in the marriage feast of
the Lamb without end, we pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
All these things and whatever else we need, we ask You to grant us for the
sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer
C 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
P The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine
on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor
and T give you peace. C Amen.