Christ Church

The Divine Service of the Lord Jesus Christ
Seventh Sunday of Easter Ascension Sunday June 5, 2011

Salutation Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Welcome & Announcements Preparation for Worship (silently pray the following collect to prepare for worship) Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
<STAND when the pianist stops playing>

I. The Lord Gathers Us for Worship
<STAND>

Invocation & Entrance We are gathered in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen! Matthew 18.20; 28.19 Christ is risen from the dead and he has ascended to the right hand of God. Alleluia! Thanks be to God, who has given us the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ! I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord!” Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth! Hymn of Procession (on following page)
Note: The congregation says all bold words and sings all printed songs. Psalm 122.1-2 Psalm 124.8

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II. The Lord Cleanses Us from Sin
Dearly beloved in Christ, the Scriptures teach us that if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1.9 Kyrie Eleison ~ Lord Have Mercy
Psalm 51.1; 123.3; Matthew 17.15; 20.30-31

Confession of Sin Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker! <Kneel>
Psalm 95.6

Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean, and that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed; not only in outward transgressions, but also in secret thoughts and desires that we are not able to understand, but which are all known to you. For this reason, we flee for refuge to your infinite mercy, seeking and imploring your grace, through our Lord Jesus Christ. <Remain kneeling>

Absolution ~ Gospel proclamation of forgiveness in Christ

<Stand>

By virtue of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, you are fully and freely forgiven of all your sins. Believe this and know that you are at peace with God! Thanks be to God! 3

III. The Lord Raises Us Up to Heaven and Seats Us With Christ
Sursum Corda ~ Lift Up Your Hearts Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord! Prayer of Ascent to Heaven Let us give thanks to the Lord our God! It is good and right to do so! It is very good and right that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty. We praise you that Christ has ascended to your right hand to rule over all of creation and to restrain and conquer all of his and our enemies. We rejoice before the throne of his power and peace, where he intercedes for us. We thank you that he is always present with us by is Holy Spirit to protect us and preserve us, and that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to your great glory. Therefore, by his Spirit's power, we ascend with Christ to join the angels and archangels, and all the company of heaven, and the whole church on earth, magnifying your glorious name, evermore praising you and singing: Sanctus ~ Holy
Traditionally called the Preface (to the Sanctus) Ephesians 2.6; Colossians 3.1

O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths will declare your praise! Hymn of Ascent (on following page)

Psalm 51.15

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Prayer of Illumination Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. <Be seated> Scripture Lesson This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! <Stand> Psalm 1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! 2 For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. 3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. 4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. 5 God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! 8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. 9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted! Alleluia ~ Praise the Lord
Psalms 146-150 Psalm 47 Ephesians 1.15-23 (text printed on back page)

Gospel Lesson This is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ! Praise be to you, O Christ!

Luke 24.44-53 (text printed on back page)

Profession of Faith Christian, in whom do you trust? I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds: God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen! Gloria Patri ~ Glory to the Father

Nicene Creed

Pre-sermon Prayer May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, Lord Jesus Christ, our Rock, and our Kinsman Redeemer. Psalm 19.14 Amen. <Be seated> Sermon Post-sermon Blessing May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen. Philippians 4.7 Offertory Hymn (on following page) 7
Pastor Troy Green

Offertory Response & Prayer What gifts have you brought for your Lord? We give only what the Lord has first given to us. We offer ourselves in Christ through confession, praise, and thanksgiving; we give our prayers and alms for the sake of the world; and we participate in the Lord’s Supper as a memorial of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen! Blessed are you, O Lord God our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty; indeed all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord Jesus Christ, and you are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you reign over all, and in your hand is power and might, and it lies in your hand to make great and to strengthen all. Now therefore, our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name, for all things come from you and of your own gifts we have given to you. 1 Chronicles 29.10-14 Amen! <STAND> Kingdom Prayer God the Father in heaven, be gracious to us and hear us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us and help us. God the Holy Spirit, Giver of life, bless us for Jesus’ sake. From all sin, from all error, from all evil; from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from sudden and evil death; from deadly disease and famine; from war and bloodshed; from sedition and rebellion; from lightning and storms; from calamity by fire and water; and from everlasting death; deliver us, good Lord. By the mystery of Your holy incarnation; by Your holy birth; by Your baptism, fasting, and temptation; by Your agony and bloody sweat; by Your cross and passion; by Your precious death and burial; by Your glorious resurrection and ascension; and by the coming of your Holy Spirit, the Comforter; help us, good Lord. In all our tribulation; in all our prosperity; in the hour of death; and in the day of judgment; help us, good Lord. To rule and govern Your holy Christian Church; to preserve all pastors and ministers of Your Church in the true knowledge and understanding of Your wholesome Word and to sustain them in holy living; to put an end to all divisions and causes of offense; to bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived; to beat down Satan under our feet; to send faithful laborers into Your harvest; and to accompany Your Word with Your grace and Spirit; hear our prayers, good Lord. To raise those who fall and to strengthen those who stand; and to comfort and help the weakhearted and the distressed; hear our prayers, good Lord. To give to all peoples unity and peace; to preserve our land from discord and strife; to give our country Your protection in every time of need; to direct and defend our nation and all in authority over us; to bless and protect our magistrates and all our people; to watch over and help all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation; to protect and guide all who travel; to grant every woman with child, especially all mothers with infant children, increasing happiness in their blessings; to defend all orphans and widows and provide for them; to strengthen and keep all sick persons and young children; to free those in bondage; and to have mercy on us all; hear our prayer, good Lord. To forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts; to give and preserve for our use the kindly fruits of the earth; and graciously to hear our prayers; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be gracious to us and answer our prayer. Now, O God, hear the very words Jesus taught us to pray: <Raise hands> 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 debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6.9-13 9

IV. The LORD Feeds Us Holy Food at His Royal Table
Trinitarian Blessing
2 Corinthians 13.14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Holy things for holy people! The gifts of God for the people of God! Pax Domini ~ The Peace of the Lord The peace of the Lord be with you always. And with your spirit. Eucharistic Prayer ~ Prayer of Thanksgiving We thank you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for your mighty works, which reveal your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own image, and you gave the whole world into our care, so that, in faithfulness to you, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our unbelief and disobedience took us far from you, You did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you called us to repent and to hope for salvation. We thank you, Father, that you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time, you sent your Son to be our Savior. He lived as one of us, yet with unwavering faith and without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose, he humbled himself in obedience to death, and rose from the grave to destroy death, and to make the whole creation new. We thank you, Father, for sending the Holy Spirit, who grants us repentance and gives us new life in Christ by faith, that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us. Dying he destroyed our death, rising he restored our life. Lord Jesus, come again in glory! Amen. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed for us. Therefore, let us keep the feast!
Psalm 34.8 1 Corinthians 5.8 John 20.19

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Agnus Dei ~ Lamb of God

John 1.29

<Be seated>

In the name of Christ Jesus our Lord, we at Christ Church welcome to the Lord’s Table all who are spiritually weak and seek rest; all who mourn and long for comfort; all who struggle and desire victory; all who sin and need the Savior; all who are strangers and want fellowship; all who hunger and thirst for righteousness; all who are poor in spirit and desire the riches of the gospel; all who come to Jesus Christ in living faith and repentance, looking to him as both Liberator and Lord. And we welcome all baptized children, no matter how young, to the Lord’s Table.
Communion: Bread <Sing stanzas 1-2 on the following page as the bread is passed> Communion: Wine <Sing stanzas 3-4 on the following page as the wine is passed>

Note: Our custom is to partake of the elements together (after all have been served) when the pastor enjoins us to eat or drink.

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May the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you steadfast in true faith unto life everlasting. Amen! 12

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his love endures forever! <Stand>

1 Chronicles 16.34; Psalm 106.1; 107.1; 118.1; 118.29; 136.1

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V. The LORD Sends Us Back Into the World
Post-Communion Prayer Let us continue to join our voices together in prayer: Heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with his body and blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you * with gladness and singleness of heart, until the whole earth is full of your glory. Amen. Great Commission
Matthew 28.18-20

Jesus declares, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and disciple all the nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, by teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Amen! Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered! Let those who hate Him flee before Him! Psalm 68.1 Nunc Dimittis ~ Now Dismiss [Your Servant]
Luke 2.29-32 “Song of Simeon”

Benediction ~ Blessing The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Numbers 6.24-26

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SCRIPTURE LESSONS Ephesians 1.15-23 1 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 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 one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Luke 24.44-53 44 Then he said to 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 and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 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.” 50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.

If you are a visitor of Christ Church, we are grateful that you have joined us in our highest privilege, worshipping the Triune God. We hope you stay and eat with us after the service so that we can get to know you better. If you would like to talk with Pastor Sexton throughout the week, feel free to call him at 770.696.7521 or email him at sexton555@gmail.com. You can visit our website at ChristChurch-Atl.com.

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