The Readings for this Sunday
This Sunday at St. Hugh's we will use the readings from Ascension Day. ~Fr. Dan
In the opening passage of the Acts of the Apostles the author summarizes the last events and instructions of Jesus’ earthly ministry before he is lifted up into heaven. The book is formally dedicated to Theophilus, who may have been an early convert to Christianity. Jesus tells his followers to wait for their baptism in the Holy Spirit, after which their missionary work will spread from Jerusalem out to all the world. Jesus will one day come again, but his disciples now have a message to bring to all peoples.
A hymn of praise to the mighty king who is raised up and enthroned on high.
In this lesson Paul gives thanks for the faith and love of the Ephesians and prays that they may see with their inward eyes the power of God, who has raised and enthroned Jesus far above all earthly and heavenly dominions. How vast is the treasure that God offers to those who trust in God! The Lord Christ now reigns as head of the church, which is his body and which experiences the fullness of his love.
In our gospel Jesus leaves his followers with the promise of the Holy Spirit and is carried up into heaven. The disciples are to await their empowerment from on high before beginning their mission to the world. Joyfully they return from Bethany, the town where Jesus had stayed before his passion. They enter the temple and praise God.
Music in Worship
Edwin Hansen, Music Director
(a time for quiet prayer before worship)
#216 "Hail thee festival day"
#214 "Hail the day that sees him rise"
#215 "See the conqueror mounts in triumph
INS "Blessed assurance"
#307 "Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendor..."
#460 "Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!"
(a time to finish our worship with music)