7th Sunday of Easter '24

Ascension of Our Lord

GATHERING SONGS        “I Will Delight”


In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



In Christ's dying and rising, we are reborn; we are no longer dead in our sin.

Let us return to the shepherd and guardian of our souls, confessing our sin.

  Silence for reflection and self-examination.

Almighty God,

we confess before you our preference for things that pass away,

our silence in the face of injustice,

our reluctance to accept the freedom of forgiveness.

Make us whole again;

renew in us the grace of baptism;

and set our minds on the things that are above.

“All the prophets testify about Jesus that everyone who believes in him

receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

God, who loves you dearly, forgives you all your sin, raises you to new life in Jesus Christ,

and renews you by the power of the Holy Spirit.




Let us pray. Almighty God, your blessed Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things. Mercifully give us faith to trust that, as he promised, he abides with us on earth to the end of time, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

FIRST READING: Acts 1:1-11

Luke writes: In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.””


SECOND READING: 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.


GOSPEL INVITATION          “Thy Word”


Jesus said to the eleven and those with 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. 

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.


SERMON            “Don’t Look Up”                Pastor Phil Wold

HYMN OF THE DAY                        “You Are Mine”


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

      maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

       eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,

       true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; 

       through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

       was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

       On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures;

       he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

       who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

       who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

       who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.




 The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.



Let us pray. 

Everlasting God, the whole universe sings a new song of praise: 

the rivers clap their hands, the hills ring out for joy. 

As you have raised us to new life in Christ, 

give us voices ready to cry out for justice 

and proclaim resurrection joy 

wherever your Spirit leads us. 

In Jesus' name we boldly pray. 



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



SENDING SONG                 “Joyful, Joyful” #836


Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia, alleluia!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!


POSTLUDE                                          “Send Us Out”                                 BASICS

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