The Ascension

“Guide Me Home” (Ode 14)

Ascension Sunday

Watchword for the week — Jesus said, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17

Sunday, May 16 — Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Psalm 90:10

Teach us to use our lives

with purpose and with power

for visions of a better world

and for decision’s hour;

to choose the way of life,

reject the way of death,

until the radiant force of God

fills mind and strength and breath. (801*)

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Be present with your servants, Lord;

we look to you with one accord;

refresh and strengthen us anew,

and bless what in your name we do. (734)

Grant us comfort, courage, and hope, dear Lord, so that our sorrows and troubles may turn to joys and peace. Strengthen us for the living each day. Amen.

(Courtesy: Moravian Daily Texts 2021)

Scripture Read & Listen

Listen here: Psalm 1 read by Tinasha LaRaye in the NKJV

Psalm 1

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the [a]ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he [b]meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the [c]rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Art Study for the Week

“The Ascension” by Andrea Mantegna, 1461. Public domain images.

In the Ascension panel, above the saints, who gaze upwards, Christ floats on a cloud, surrounded by a mandorla of angels. A mandorla in art is a spacial opening, a panel, or the like, of an oval shape. Immediately below Him stands Mary, occupying a special place in the lower section, the only figure facing forwards and slightly raised on a ledge of rock.

Hymns & Praises

Hymn: “I Stand Amazed in the Presence
(Original Lyrics) Author: Chas. H. Gabriel (1905)

1 I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how he could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be;
How marvelous! How wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

2 For me it was in the garden
He prayed, “Not my will, but thine;”
He had no tears for his own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine. [Refrain]

3 He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them his very own;
He bore the burden to Calv’ry,
And suffered and died alone. [Refrain]

4 When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
‘Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of his love for me. [Refrain]

Closing Prayer

O GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior, the Prince of Peace; Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions. Take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly union and concord: that as there is but one Body and one Spirit, and one Hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From the 1928 Book of Common Prayer