May 29, 2022

Ascension Sunday


Welcome and Announcements


Call To Worship

L: Lift up your eyes to the heavens. 

P: Christ ascends to show us the way. 

L: Trust the Spirit’s power. 

P: Christ ascends to clothe us with power. 

L: We are the witnesses of the risen Lord. 

P: Christ ascends to bring us eternal life.

Opening Prayer

*Hymn #268

“Crown Him with Many Crowns”

*Call To Confession

*Prayer Of Confession

God, we confess that we have often placed our hope in heavenly ponderings, instead of in the power of Christ that works in us. We have spent much of our journey looking above, instead of looking around us. We have searched for You to rescue us instead of helping others. We have focused so much on a future paradise that we have forgotten to care for the soil beneath our feet. Forgive us for the times we stood looking at heaven when there was work to be done right here on earth. Forgive us for the times when have neglected to bring Your good news to the world. When we lose our way, remind us of yours. Holy Spirit, fall fresh on us again, so that we can bear witness to mighty works of God through Christ in the world. Amen.

*Silent Prayer Of Confession

*Assurance Of Pardon

*Gloria Patri

Children’s Chat


God Is Love

Van Denman Thompson

Prayer For Illumination

First Lesson

2 Kings 2:1-15

Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stayhere; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So, they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.” Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So, they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.” Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So, the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over. When the company of prophets who were at Jericho saw him at a distance, they declared, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” They came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.

The Second Lesson:

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.


Power Transfer

Rev. Marie A. Bacchiocchi

*Affirmation Of Faith

Apostles’ Creed

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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. Amen

*Hymn #828

More Love to Thee, O Christ

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.

Call To Offering


*Doxology #606

*Unison Prayer of Dedication

Ever-present God, for the wondrous ways our offering will bless this community and the world, we dedicate these gifts. We thank you for the ways they will witness to Your love and compassion. Let this offering, and the works of our hands and feet, give power to all we stand for as a community of faith. Amen.

*Hymn #265

“Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun”


* Hymn #601



*Those Who Can, May Stand