May 16, 2021

Ascension Sunday





Call to Worship

L: Mystery of God, draw us near.

P: Fill our minds with awe!

L: Wisdom of God, surprise us.

P: Encourage us with hope!

L: Glory of God, shine through our lives.

P: Reveal your power and your glory!

L: In the mystery, the wisdom, the glory of God,

P: Let us worship!

Hymn #268

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Prayer of Invocation

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.

Call To Confession

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.

Assurance of Pardon

Prayer For Illumination

A Time with our Children


Ephesians 1:15-23

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Luke 24:44-53

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.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 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, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. 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.” Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.


With the Eyes of Your Heart

Rev. Marie A. Bacchiocchi

Hymn # 486 (words only)

Child of Blessing, Child of Promise

The Sacrament of Baptism

Teddy Michael Barany

Son of Jennifer and Michael Barany

There is one body and one Spirit,

Just as you were called

To the hope of your calling

One Lord, one faith, one Baptism,

One God and Father of all,

Who is above all and through all and in all. Eph (4:4-6)

Questions for the congregation

Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ promise to guide and nurture Teddy

By word and deed, with love and prayer? We do.

Will you encourage her to know, trust, and follow Christ, and to be a faithful member of his church? We will.

Affirmation Of Faith (see insert)

Apostles’ Creed

Sharing Our Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


Unison Prayer of Dedication

Bless these gifts, O Lord of all, that we might worship you with great joy and serve your people with great love. In Christ’s name, Amen.

Hymn #265

Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun



Today’s liturgy was adapted from Ministry Matters and The Abingdon Worship Annual