Ascension Day

Thursday 21st May 2020



St. Paul’s Church, Forebridge, STAFFORD, ST17 4Lj.

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After the Service

Available anytime –

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The Launch Event - Service

for this year’s Thy Kingdom Come - available online.

40 minutes of worship including reflections and prayer, bringing together leaders & members of different denominations across the Diocese of Lichfield and the West Midlands.

{See for the links to the Diocesan Facebook and YouTube pages for this launch}


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The Greeting


Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All and also with you.

Hymn – Rejoice! The Lord is King!

Our thanks to Tony Murley and our virtual choir for leading us in our sung worship.

Rejoice, the Lord is King!

Your Lord and King adore;



Rejoice, give thanks, and sing,

And triumph evermore;

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;

Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!


Jesus, the Saviour, reigns,

The God of truth and love;

When He had purged our stains

He took His seat above;

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;

Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!


His kingdom cannot fail,

He rules o’er earth and Heaven,

The keys of death and hell

Are to our Jesus given;

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;

Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!


He sits at God’s right hand,

Till all his foes submit,

And bow to his command,

And fall beneath his feet.

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;

Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!


Rejoice in glorious hope!

Jesus the Judge shall come,

And take His servants up

To their eternal home;

We soon shall hear the archangel’s voice;

God’s trumpet call shall sound, rejoice!



The Minister introduces the service;  

In this Easter season, we have been celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, his bursting from the tomb and his defeat of the power of sin and death. He appeared to his disciples many times and told them about the kingdom of God.

Today we recall how he left this earth and returned to his Father, ascending into heaven to take his throne over all dominions and powers. Trusting in his reign over all creation, and submitting to his Kingly yet loving rule, let us hear the story of his parting;


The Ascension Reading

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (1.4-11)

While staying with them, Jesus ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’


At the end the reader says

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All He is risen indeed. Alleluia.



Gloria in Excelsis

A minister says

Seeing we have a great high priest who has passed through the heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us offer him the praise worthy of his name.

All Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.


The Collect

The Minister introduces a period of silent prayer with the words

Let us pray.

Silence is kept.

All Risen Christ,

you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven:

help us to seek and serve you,

that we may join you at the Father’s side,

where you reign with the Spirit in glory,

now and for ever.

All Amen.


Hymn – Jesus is King, and I will extol Him

Our thanks to Geoff Moore for leading us in our sung worship.

Jesus Is King And I Will Extol Him
Give Him The Glory, And Honour His Name
He Reigns On High, Enthroned In The Heavens
Word Of The Father, Exalted For Us


We Have A Hope That Is Steadfast And Certain
Gone Through The Curtain And Touching The Throne
We Have A Priest Who Is There Interceding
Pouring His Grace On Our Lives Day By Day


We Come To Him, Our Priest And Apostle
Clothed In His Glory And Bearing His Name
Laying Our Lives With Gladness Before Him
Filled With His Spirit We Worship The King


Oh Holy One, Our Hearts Do Adore You
Thrilled With Your Goodness We Give You Our Praise
Angels In Light With Worship Surround Him
Jesus, Our Saviour, Forever The Same



Matthew 28 v 16-20

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

This is the word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.



Our thanks to Revd. Bill Mash for preaching this morning.


The Creed

Though he was divine,

he did not cling to equality with God,

but made himself nothing.

Taking the form of a slave,

he was born in human likeness.


He humbled himself

and was obedient to death,

even the death of the cross.

Therefore, God has raised him on high,

and given him the name above every name:

that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bow,

and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God, the Father.



Prayers of Intercession

Let us join our prayers with those of our Saviour Christ,

seeking the Father’s blessing and the gifts of the Spirit.


Jesus Christ, great high priest,

living for ever to intercede for us,

we pray for the Church, your broken body in the world …

Lord, hear us.

All Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, king of righteousness,

enthroned at the right hand of the majesty on high,

we pray for the world, and make it subject to your gentle rule …

Lord, hear us.

All Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, Son of Man,

drawing humanity into the life of God,

we pray for our brothers and sisters in need, distress or sorrow …

Lord, hear us.

All Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ, Lord over all things,

ascended far above the heavens and filling the universe,

we pray for all who receive the gifts you give for work in your service …

Lord, hear us.

All Lord, graciously hear us.

Jesus Christ,

keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit

and in the bond of peace,

and bring the whole created order to worship at your feet;

for you are alive and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All Amen.


The Peace

Jesus says: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

If you love me, rejoice because I am going to the Father’. Alleluia.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All and also with you.


Hymn – Majesty, Worship His Majesty

Our thanks to Jim Marsden for leading us in our sung worship.

Because of delay in transmission of sound,

please mute, and join in with singing at home.

Majesty, worship His majesty
Unto Jesus, be glory, honour and praise

Majesty, Kingdom authority
Flows from His throne, unto His own, His anthem raise

So exalt, lift up on high the Name of Jesus
Magnify, come, glorify Christ Jesus the King

Majesty, worship His majesty
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings

We sing this twice through

As disciples of Jesus, today, we remember the disciples on the first Ascension Day.


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (1.12,13a,14)

Then the disciples returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying. They were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

No responses are used at the end of the reading.

Silence is kept.


As we wait in silence,

All make us ready for your Spirit.

As we listen to your word,

All make us ready for your Spirit.

As we worship you in majesty,

All make us ready for your Spirit.

As we long for your refreshing,

All make us ready for your Spirit.

As we long for your renewing,

All make us ready for your Spirit.

As we long for your equipping,

All make us ready for your Spirit.

As we long for your empowering,

All make us ready for your Spirit.

A reflective hymn is sung.

Hymn – There is a Redeemer

Our thanks to Jim Marsden for leading us in our sung worship.

There is a Redeemer,
Jesus, God's own Son,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
Holy One,

Chorus; Thank you oh my Father,
For giving us Your Son,
And leaving Your Spirit,
'Til the work on Earth is done.

Jesus my Redeemer,
Name above all names,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
Hope for sinners slain

Chorus; Thank you oh my Father .....

When I stand in Glory,
I will see His face,

There I'll serve my King forever,
In that Holy Place.

Chorus; Thank you oh my Father .....

Repeat the chorus.

The Blessing

God the Father,

who has given to his Son the name above every name,

strengthen you to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord.

All Amen.

God the Son,

who is our great high priest passed into the heavens,

plead for you at the right hand of the Father.

All Amen.

God the Holy Spirit,

who pours out his abundant gifts upon the Church,

make you faithful servants of Christ our King.

All Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All Amen.

The Dismissal

A minister says

Waiting expectantly for the promised Holy Spirit,

go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.


All Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.