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1 June – Ascension Sunday

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The Feast of the Ascension is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar, and commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day from Easter day. However, some Roman Catholic provinces have moved the observance to the following Sunday. The feast is one of the ecumenical feasts (i.e., universally celebrated), ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost.

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Devotional Diary

26 May – 1 June
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See “Weekly Rhythm” below for comment and question to engage with the readings.
Also “Praying the lectionary Readings” below for prayers based on the readings.

Readings for Ascension Sunday, June 1, with thanks to www.gbod.org.   These readings are all linked by Ascension themes.
Acts 1:1-11. The story of the final teaching and ascension of Jesus. “Wait until the power of the Spirit comes upon you … then be my witnesses in all the world.”

Psalm 47  An enthronement psalm for YHWH, and a fitting response for this day. “The Lord has gone up” (ascended) here means that YHWH (and for us, Jesus), is Ruler over all the earth.

Ephesians 1:15-23.A theological interpretation of the ascension of Jesus — “that you may know … what is the immeasurable power of his greatness for us who believe.”

Luke 24: 44-53. An earlier version of the last words and ascension of Jesus from the same author. The ascension of Christ forms a narrative bridge between Luke and Acts and a theological bridge between the work of Jesus and the work of his body, the church.

 Monday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: He holds the whole world in His hands.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Taking on responsibility for someone else’s life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Link these prayers to your confession focus (pray for that person you have the burden for and place them in God’s hands).

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…I walk in trust with you.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: His love endures forever!

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: change in the world…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Today: pray for an area of life that needs change…

Personal Prayers:

              Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

 Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: In Him all things are possible.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: future security.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Link these prayers to your confession focus. Today pray for the future of our world.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

 Thursday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Jesus lover of my soul!

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Your family…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Link these prayers to your confession focus.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

 Friday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: O Sacred King, O Loving Friend.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Coping financially…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Link these prayers to your confession focus (pray for the poor today).

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

 Saturday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Love crucified, arose…

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: a physical ailment…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Today pray for someone who is ill or struggling.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

 Sunday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty…

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Past failures and sin…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”  Pray for those who feel they are not “good enough” to be loved (that they may know that God’s love is there for them.)

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

  

Weekly Rhythm 

Comments and Questions for Ascension Sunday 1 June 2014
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“The Ascension of Jesus is professed in the Nicene Creed and in the Apostles’ Creed. The Ascension implies Jesus’ humanity being taken into Heaven.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (Item 668) states:  “Christ’s Ascension into heaven signifies his participation, in his humanity, in God’s power and authority.”

Referring to Mark 16:19 (“So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken unto them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.”) Pope John Paul II stated that Scripture positions the significance of the Ascension in two statements: “Jesus gave instructions, and then Jesus took his place.

John Paul II also separately emphasized that Jesus had foretold of his Ascension several times in the Gospels, e.g. John 16:10 at the Last Supper: “I go to the Father, and you will see me no more” and John 20:17 after his resurrection he tells Mary Magdalene: “I have not yet ascended to the Father; go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God”.

In Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox theology, the Ascension is interpreted as the culmination of the Mystery of the Incarnation, in that it not only marked the completion of Jesus’ physical presence among his apostles, but consummated the union of God and man when Jesus ascended in his glorified human body to sit at the right hand of God the Father.

The Westminster Confession of Faith (part of the Reformed tradition in Calvinism and influential in the Presbyterian church), in Article four of Chapter eight, states: “On the third day He arose from the dead, with the same body in which He suffered, with which also he ascended into heaven, and there sits at the right hand of His Father, making intercession, and shall return, to judge men and angels, at the end of the world.”

The Second Helvetic Confession addresses the purpose and character of Christ’s ascension in Chapter 11: Christ Is Truly Ascended Into Heaven. We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ, in his same flesh, ascended above all visible heavens into the highest heaven, that is, the dwelling-place of God and the blessed ones, at the right hand of God the Father. Although it signifies an equal participation in glory and majesty, it is also taken to be a certain place about which the Lord, speaking in the Gospel, says: ‘I go to prepare a place for you’ (John 14:2). The apostle Peter also says: ‘Heaven must receive Christ until the time of restoring all things’ (Acts 3:21).”  [Source]

“Put another way, the physical facts of the Ascension are far less significant than what the Ascension opens up. And what theAascension opens up is the work disciples of Jesus are called to do between that time and the time of Christ’s return, a time known only to the Father (1:7). During this interim period of indefinite duration where there is much work for us to do, work fulfilling the purposes of the Father, guaranteed by the authority of the Ascended Son and empowered and inspired by the Holy Spirit poured out among us.

Acts tells this story most completely. Ephesians comments upon the “immeasurable greatness of [Christ’s] power” the Ascension signifies. Luke lays out the nature of the work they and we as his continuing church are called to be about during this interim until his return—work that begins here, as it does in Acts, with a call to wait for the Spirit’s power to come upon us. “   Source:http://www.gbod.org/lead-your-church/lectionary-planning-helps/ascension-sunday-seventh-sunday-of-easter

( Readings with comment, thanks to www.gbod.org unless otherwise stated.)

Acts 1:1-11. The story of the final teaching and ascension of Jesus. “Wait until the power of the Spirit comes upon you … then be my witnesses in all the world.”

Psalm 47  An enthronement psalm for YHWH, and a fitting response for this day. “The Lord has gone up” (ascended) here means that YHWH (and for us, Jesus), is Ruler over all the earth.

Ephesians 1:15-23.A theological interpretation of the ascension of Jesus — “that you may know … what is the immeasurable power of his greatness for us who believe.”

Luke 24: 44-53. An earlier version of the last words and ascension of Jesus from the same author. The ascension of Christ forms a narrative bridge between Luke and Acts and a theological bridge between the work of Jesus and the work of his body, the church.

Praying the Lectionary Readings

 

Let us pray
[that the risen Christ
will lead us to eternal life]
God our Father,
make us joyful
in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May we follow him into the new creation,
for his ascension is our glory and our hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal

 

O King of Glory,
Lord of Hosts,
Who didst this day ascend in triumph
above all the heavens!
Leave us not orphans,
but send upon us the Spirit of Truth,
promised by the Father. Alleluia!
The Liturgical Year: Book 9

 

O Almighty God,
whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ
ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things:
Mercifully give us faith to perceive that,
according to his promise,
he abides with his Church on earth,
even to the end of the ages;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Book of Divine Worship

 

O God, whose blessed Son,
our great high priest,
has entered once for all into the Holy Place
and ever liveth to intercede on our behalf:
grant that we,
sanctified by the offering of his body
may draw near with full assurance of faith
by the way which he has dedicated for us
and evermore serve thee, the living God;
through the same thy Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
O Father, and the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.
Church of South India

 

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