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Introduction by Margaret Ireland

 

The Season of Easter lasts for 7 weeks, all the way to Pentecost.  During it, we think of the various post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus.  

So during this time, our church bells remind us that we are still engaged with the Easter story.  
 
 
Played by Anne Derrick

Seventh Sunday in Easter

also known as Ascension Sunday 

PRAYER

Said by Rev John Smith

Let us pray

On this day of Ascension as we watch and wait for Jesus' return. Father in heaven, our minds were prepared for the coming of your kingdom. Then you took Christ beyond our sight so that we might seek him in glory.

May we follow where he has led and find our hope in his glory, for he is Lord forever.

Amen

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Hymn: Ye Gates, lift up your heads on high

LESSON

Read by Jeanette Cameron

Acts 1:6-14 

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.” 

Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.  When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. 

Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers 

Hymn: Will you come and follow me

REFLECTION

by Rev John Smith

PRAYER

Said by Rev John Smith

Prayer in time of crisis

Lord Jesus,
In the midst of a storm,
You said, ‘Peace be still.’
Bid our anxious fears subside,
Sustain your church in faith, hope and love,
Bring our nation, and our world through this tumult,
Grant wisdom to those with heavy responsibilities,
And healing and hope to those who are infected.
Amen.

Hymn: Alleluia, sing to Jesus

BENEDICTION

Given by Rev John Smith

As you go from here, remember this:

The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead and placed all things under his authority— this same power is at work within you and in all who believe.

And the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you. This day and in all the days to come.

Amen

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Introduction by Jeanette Cameron

 

The Season of Easter lasts for 7 weeks, all the way to Pentecost.  During it, we think of the various post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus.  

So during this time, our church bells remind us that we are still engaged with the Easter story.  
 
 
Played by Anne Derrick

Sixth Sunday in Easter 

Raphael Christ's Charge to Peter 1515

PRAYER

Said by Rev John Smith

Lord God Almighty The heavens are yours, and the earth too. You formed the world and all that is in it. Your throne is founded on righteousness, on love, on faithfulness. 

Happy are those who have learned to walk in the light of your countenance. In your name they rejoice all day long. Your righteousness will lift them up. Blessed be the Lord for ever and ever. 

Amen

Hymn: Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

LESSON

Read this morning by Anne Derrick

John 21:15-25 

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” 

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” 

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 

Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” 

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” 

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 

Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 

Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!; 

Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 

Because of this, the rumour spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” 

This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. 

Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. 

Jesus is Lord! Creation’s voice proclaims it.

REFLECTION

 

PRAYER

Said by Rev John Smith

Prayer in time of crisis

Lord Jesus,
In the midst of a storm,
You said, ‘Peace be still.’
Bid our anxious fears subside,
Sustain your church in faith, hope and love,
Bring our nation, and our world through this tumult,
Grant wisdom to those with heavy responsibilities,
And healing and hope to those who are infected.
Amen.

Great is thy faithfulness

BENEDICTION

Given by Rev John Smith

Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father. Set out, then, on a new life with Christ. 

And the blessing of God Almighty Father, Son and Holy Spirit Be with you all. Today, and in all the days to come. 

Amen

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