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Ascension Day 21 May 2020

Thursday 21 May 2020 Ascension Day 8.15pm

Please note the service will start at 8.15pm so that we can join the clap for carers before the service. Revd Pat Mann (ORNC) will preside and Revd Caroline Risdon will.preach.

The Ascension
The Ascension,  Russian icon, 15th century (c) Victoria and Albert Museum

You can download a copy of the service sheet here

First Hymn

You can see a video of Jonathan Eyre playing 'O thou who camest from above' here

The Collect

Grant, we beseech thee, almighty God,
that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son
  our Lord Jesus Christ
to have ascended into the heavens;
so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend
and with him continually dwell,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading

Acts 1: 1-11 Read by Carole Moses

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”


Luke 24: 44 - end  Read by Revd Dr Susan Blackall

Then he said to them, “These are my words which 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.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are 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 blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.


You can read the text and listen to an audio recording of the sermon by Revd Caroline Risdon here

You can also hear an audio recording of the sermon on our 'dial-a-sermon' service (for the cost of a local call) 020 8016 2271


You can see a video of Jonathan Eyre playing the Offertory Voluntary, Intermezzo by John Major, here

The Blessing

May the Spirit, who set the Church on fire upon the day of Pentecost,
bring the world alive with the love of the risen Christ.
And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always.

Final Hymn

You can see a video of Jonathan Eyre playing 'Hail the day that sees him rise' here


Liturgical texts taken from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England and Common Worship: Times and Seasons.

Many thanks to Jonathan Eyre for his recording of ‘O thou who camest from above' and 'Hail the day that sees him rise' (233, 187 Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard, Hymns Ancient and Modern Limited) and for his recording of John Major's Intermezzo


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