ascension Sunday

May 8, 2016

*Those that are able are invited to stand



-Gathering into worship-




Scripture                                                                                                                          Psalm 47


*Call to Worship                               Psalm 47                                                               #781


*Hymn                                 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”                                  #154


*Opening Prayer

Holy God of every time and every place, you gather us to hear of Jesus.

Help us see your infinite life in our own community and in all of creation, we pray in your holy name. Amen.


*Chorus                                                 “He Lives” (Refrain)                                            #310

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.

He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives?  He lives within my heart.




  -We Are the Church-


Hymn                                             “We Are the Church”            (verse 3 & 4)                             #558


Witness                                                                                                                     Barbara Thaw


Hymn                                             “We Are the Church”            (chorus)                                    #558


-Honoring our mothers-


Hymn                                “Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth”                              #2050

in The Faith We Sing


Children’s Sermon


Visual Illustration             Here’s To the Mother’s


Remembering Our Mothers


-A Time for Prayer-


Hymn                                               “Because He Lives”                                                      #364


Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / 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 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.  Amen.


-Reflecting on the word-


Scripture                                                                                                                         Acts 1:1-11


Message                                                                                                         Rev. Kelly J. Smith


-Sharing our blessings-


Offering Our Gifts and Tithes




*Doxology                  “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”                                 #95

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. 

Praise God all creatures here below. 

Praise God above the heavenly host. 

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Offering Prayer

Gracious and giving God, you are the One who first has given to us all that we need for life.

Guide us to use what we now gather for the well-being of your church, for those in need of shelter and food, for all who suffer for want of your Word, and for nurturing faith in your people.

In the name of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.


-Taking the word to the world-


*Closing Song                     “Christ Is the World’s Light”                                            #188




*Hymn                                   “Where He Leads Me” (refrain only)                                #338

             Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow,

Where he leads me I will follow, I’ll go with him, with him all the way.