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The Feast of the Ascension May 29, 2022

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Welcome to St. Paul!

We are glad that you are with us today! If you are new to our church, you may not be familiar with Lutheran liturgy. No worries. This bulletin is designed to help guide you through the worship service. We encourage you to participate in as much or as little of the service as you feel comfortable. Thank you for being a part of our worship. We hope that the Lord blesses you through our time together!

 

Restrooms, Changing Stations, and Nursing Room

Restrooms are located in the lobby (narthex) of the sanctuary. Both the men’s and women's rooms have diaper changing tables for the little ones. We also have a nursing room for mothers and babies that is located across the breezeway, straight out of the doors on the east side of the lobby.

 

Children in the Liturgy

We pray that all children would know that God made them, He loves them, and He goes with them everywhere. We are glad to have little ones with us in the service. We know that they sometimes can squirm, squawk, and squeal. Please don’t feel embarrassed by it! All kids are always welcome here at St. Paul. We encourage you to help them follow along and engage with them in the action of the liturgy – observe the movement of the procession, hear the music, sing the songs, smell the fire of the candles, respond with a loud Amen, make the sign of the cross, touch the water in the baptismal font, and wonder at the images and symbols that are all around. What Jesus does here is sure to engage us all.

 

A Note on Holy Communion

In this service we celebrate a sacred ritual of the Christian Church called the Eucharist, or the Lord’s Supper. In this rite we recall the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples. In this blessed meal we have our eyes opened and we recognize Him in the breaking of the bread. Though our faith is grounded in history, this liturgy is not merely a nostalgic looking back at the past – it is a celebration and a deep recognition that in this meal our Lord Jesus Christ is truly and really present with us in the bread and the wine. We cling to the hope of resurrection that will be ours when all things will be fully redeemed and restored in Him. All baptized Christians who have a sincere sorrow for their sin and see in this holy mystery the true body and blood of Christ are invited to receive Holy Communion.

 

Service Notes for the Feast of the Ascension

In His resurrection, the Lord presented Himself alive to the apostles, “appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God”. Then He ascended to the right hand of the Father, not orphaning His Church, but filling all things in heaven and on earth, and giving gifts to His disciples. So today, He continues to preach “repentance for the forgiveness of sins” through “the apostles whom he had chosen”, even “to the end of the earth”. Jesus comes among us today by His Word and Spirit, whom He pours out upon “the church, which is his body” (Eph. 1:22–23). In His Church, He blesses us with forgiveness, lifts us up in His hands and seats us with Himself “in the heavenly places”.

Greeting and Welcome

The congregation stands and faces the back of the sanctuary. We begin with a procession with the cross leading the way, representing our life in Christ-our journey from death to life. Some bow as the cross passes, honoring the mystery of salvation.

 

A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing (493)

A hymn of glory let us sing! New hymns throughout the world shall ring:

     Alleluia, alleluia! Christ, by a road before untrod,

Ascends unto the throne of God. Alleluia, alleluia!

     Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The holy apostolic band, Upon the Mount of Olives stand.

     Alleluia, alleluia! And with His faithful foll’wers see

Their Lord ascend in majesty. Alleluia, alleluia!

     Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

To them the shining angels cry, “Why stand and gaze upon the sky?”

     Alleluia, alleluia! “This is the Savior,” thus they say;

“This is His glorious triumph day!” Alleluia, alleluia!

     Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

   “You see Him now, ascending high Up to the portals of the sky.”

     Alleluia, alleluia! “Hereafter Jesus you shall see

Returning in great majesty.” Alleluia, alleluia!

     Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

    O risen Christ, ascended Lord, All praise to You let earth accord:

     Alleluia, alleluia! You are, while endless ages run,

With Father and with Spirit one. Alleluia, alleluia!

     Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Invocation

          En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.

All     Amen.

 

Confession and Forgiveness

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us

All     But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

 

 

 

Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

All     Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

All     Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

Señor, ten piedad de nosotros

All     Señor, ten piedad de nosotros

Silence is Kept

Let us then confess our sins to God our Father:

All     Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All     Amen.

 

The Prayer of the Day

          The Lord be with you

All     And also with you

          Let us pray

All     Risen Christ, you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven: help us to seek and serve you, that we may join you at the Father’s side, where you reign with the Spirit in glory, now and forever. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Scripture Readings

Acts 1:1-11

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

 

This is the word of the Lord.

All     Thanks be to God.

 

Ephesians 1:15-23

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

All     Thanks be to God

 

Gospel Procession

 

Hail Thee, Festival Day (489)

Hail thee, festival day! Blest day to be hallowed forever;

Day when our risen Lord Rose in the heavens to reign.

Hail thee, festival day! Blest day to be hallowed forever;

Day when our risen Lord Rose in the heavens to reign.

 

 

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 24th chapter.

All     Glory to You, O Lord.

Luke 24:46-53

Jesus said to His disciples, “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.  And [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. ”Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God.

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All     Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Hail Thee, Festival Day (489)

Hail thee, festival day! Blest day to be hallowed forever;

Day when our risen Lord Rose in the heavens to reign.

Hail thee, festival day! Blest day to be hallowed forever;

Day when our risen Lord Rose in the heavens to reign.

 

Children’s Sermon

 

Be Unto Your Name

We are a moment. You are forever. Lord of the ages, God before time.

We are a vapor. You are eternal. Love everlasting, reigning on high

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.

Highest praises, honor and glory be unto Your name...Be unto Your name.

We are the broken. You are the healer. Jesus Redeemer, mighty to save.

You are the love song we’ll sing forever.

Bowing before you, blessing Your name.

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.

Highest praises, honor and glory be unto Your name...

Be unto Your name. 

The Creed

All     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 X of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

 

Sermon

The Rite of Confirmation (Pg. 272 in LSB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prayer of the Church

After the pastor says Lord in Your Mercy, all respond with Hear our Prayer.

 

For a blessed Ascension – that we may worship Jesus and live in joy!

For blessing in our outreach; CDC; LINC, Presa Community Center.

Pastors Philip, Roy, Naresh, Matt and all church planters.

For peace, for the well-being of the Church, and for the unity of all.

For U.S. Leaders: President Joe, Governor Greg, Mayor Ron.

Church Leaders; LCMS President Matt, District President Mike.

For those in Military: Jarred, Alissa, Mark, Tom, Thomas, Ricky, Julian.

For the strength and divine energy to turn toward our enemies in love.

 

For Comfort, Health, and Recovery:

The people of Ukraine

The people of Uvalde

Abby, Neena, Mike, Jeremy, Nathan (Youth getting confirmed today)

Bruce Simon

Tillie Cropper

Sue Burgdorfer

Diane Beasley

Diana Landgraf

Teresa Medellin (neighbor of Alicia Guerrero)

Rosa Figueroa (friend of Alva-Alicia)

Jo Ann Mallow 

Mildred Westphal

Joyce Bauer

Daniel Stubbs

Robert Farris (brother-in-law of Susan Pennington)

Jenna, Sarah, Samuel (friends of Michael Cruz)

Earline Willeford

Albert Pedroza (neighbor of Thomas Robledo)

          Norma Ann (sister of Patricia Perez)

Rev. Bill Johnson

Beatrice (sister of America Alderete)

Michael Dean (nephew of Melissa and Jim Hild)

Cayley (granddaughter of Robert and Linda Chetwood)

Delia Flores

Everett and Keith Mason

Yesenia (daughter of Anna Marquez)

Vicky Dean (sister of Melissa Hild)

Austin Hernden

Robin Beasley Jr

 

The Offering

    Praise God, from whom all blessing flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host:

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

The Service of the Sacrament

          The Lord be with you.

All     And also with you.

          Lift up your hearts.

All     We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All     It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and good, our duty and our joy, always and everywhere to give you thanks, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Jesus Christ the King of glory. Born of a woman, he came to the rescue of our human race. Dying for us, he trampled death and conquered sin. By the glory of his resurrection, he opened the way to life eternal and by his ascension, gave us the sure hope that where he is we may also be. Therefore, the universe resounds with Easter joy and with choirs of angels we speak forever of your praise:

All     Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Amen!

 

The Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and dearth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful, the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever.

All     Amen!

The Consecration

The Acclamation and The Invitation

As often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

All     Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Jesus, who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

All     Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

          La paz del Señor sea con ustedes.

All     Y también contigo

Sharing of the Peace

Please greet one another in the name of the Lord by saying ‘Peace be with you’ as a sign of forgiveness and reconciliation in preparation for reception of the Holy Supper.

 

The Lamb of God

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

 

Distribution

 

 

Eucharistic Dismissal

 

Thank The Lord

Thank the Lord and sing His praise; Tell everyone what He has done.

Let everyone who seeks the Lord, Rejoice, and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises, and leads His people forth in joy

With shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Communion Prayer

          We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You, that of Your mercy, You would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Announcements

Blessing

Alleluia Sing to Jesus (821)

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus; His the scepter, His the throne;

Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone.

Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion Thunder like a mighty flood:

"Jesus out of ev'ry nation Has redeemed us by His blood."

Alleluia! Not as orphans Are we left in sorrow now;

Alleluia! He is near us; Faith believes, nor questions how.

Though the cloud from sight received Him When the forty days were o'er,

Shall our hearts forget His promise: "I am with you evermore"?

Alleluia! Bread of heaven, Here on earth our food, our stay;

Alleluia! Here the sinful Flee to You from day to day.

Intercessor, Friend of sinners, Earth's Redeemer, hear our plea

Where the songs of all the sinless Sweep across the crystal sea.

Alleluia! King eternal, Lord omnipotent we own;

Alleluia! Born of Mary, Earth Your footstool, heav'n Your throne.

As within the veil You entered, Robed in flesh, our great High Priest,

Here on earth both priest and victim In the eucharistic feast.

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus; His the scepter, His the throne;

Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone.

Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion Thunder like a mighty flood:

"Jesus out of ev'ry nation Has redeemed us by His blood."

 

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