order of service

Sunday 24th May 2020 Ascension Sunday

Among the poor, among the proud,

among the persecuted, among the privileged,

Christ came to make all things new.

In the private house, in the public place,

in the wedding feast, in the judgement hall,

Christ died to make all things new.

With a gentle touch, with an angry word,

with a clear conscience, with burning love,

Christ rose from the dead to make all things new.

That the kingdom might come, that the world might believe.

that the powerful might stumble, that the hidden might be seen

Christ ascended to make all things new.

Within us, without us, behind us before us,

In this place, in every place, for this time, for all time

Christ is Lord of all.


God our Father, your exalted your Son to sit at your right hand.

Lord have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the way the truth and the life.

Christ have mercy.

Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit, Counsellor, you are sent to be with us forever.

Lord have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

Before God, with the people of God,

we confess to our brokenness:

to the ways we wound our lives,

the lives of others,

and the life of the world.

May God forgive you, Christ renew you,

and the Spirit enable you to grow in love.  Amen

Prayer for God’s help

Move among us, O God; give us life:

Let your people rejoice in you.

Make our hearts clean within us

Renew us in mind and spirit.

Give us the joy of your help:

With your spirit of freedom sustain us.

And now, as Jesus taught us we are bold to say:

Our Father, who art in heaven ...

Psalm 68

1  Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered; 
   let those that hate him flee before him.

2  As the smoke vanishes, so may they vanish away; 
   as wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at  the presence of God.

3  But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; let them make merry with gladness.

4  Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
      exalt him who rides on the clouds. 
   The Lord is his name; rejoice before him.

5  Father of the fatherless, defender of widows, 
   God in his holy habitation!

6  God gives the solitary a home
      and brings forth prisoners to songs of welcome, ♦
   but the rebellious inhabit a burning desert.

7  O God, when you went forth before your people, 
   when you marched through the wilderness,

8  The earth shook and the heavens dropped down rain, at the presence of God, the Lord of Sinai, 
   at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9  You sent down a gracious rain, O God; 
   you refreshed your inheritance when it was weary.

10  Your people came to dwell there; 

 In your goodness, O God, you provide for the poor.

First Reading  Acts 1:6-14

Second Reading: John 17:1-11


I believe in God, the Father almighty, 

creator of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 to the dead. 

On the third day he rose again; 

he ascended into heaven, 

he is seated at the right hand of the Father, 

and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the holy catholic Church, 

the communion of saints, 

the forgiveness of sins, 

the resurrection of the body, 

and the life everlasting. Amen. 

As our Saviour Christ taught so we pray Our Father…

Show us your mercy, O Lord, 

and grant us your salvation.

O Lord, save the Queen 

and grant her government wisdom.

Let your ministers be clothed with righteousness

and let your servants shout for joy.

O Lord, save your people

and bless those whom you have chosen.

Give peace in our time, O Lord,

and let your glory be over all the earth.

O God, make clean our hearts within us

and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

The Collect of Ascension Sunday

O God the King of Glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
Mercifully give us faith to know
that, as he promised,
he abides with us on earth to the end of time;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,

to know you is eternal life, and to serve you is perfect freedom:

Defend us in all assaults of our enemies,

that we, surely trusting in your protection,

may not fear the power of any adversaries;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sermon and Occasional prayers.


Christ our exalted King

pour on you his abundant gifts

make you faithful and strong to do his will

that you may reign with him in glory.

And the blessing of God Almighty

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

be with you and remain with you always. Amen.