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Welcome Friends, to the 7th Sunday in Easter at St. Clement’s by-the-Sea and our virtual worship experience.  We are very glad you are here with us on this holy day.  This Sunday, we hear of Jesus’ Ascension to the righthand of the Father, and his disciples’ reaction.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





The Ascension, John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Prelude:  “Largo”    from Xerxes - G. F. Handel
                                  (Larry Gates, Music Director)

For our worship together, you’ll want to designate someone to read the “Celebrant’s” parts.  These parts are typically said by a priest.  If you’ve been the “Celebrant” in prior weeks, perhaps have someone else give it a try.  Decide now, who will do that, and who will lead the Prayers.  You can assign someone to read the lessons or we’ve also included links to parishioners reading the lessons for you.  We all say the parts in bold.  Some of you may be alone at home.  Feel free to read aloud or silently.  None of us is ever really alone.  As Christ, who loves us, is ever near.

Please join us singing our Entrance Hymn, standing as you are able.

Processional:    “Hail the day that sees him rise” – Hymnal 214, vs. 1-3
                                                           (Scott Dilbeck, bass and Larry Gates, piano)

1 Hail the day that sees him rise
glorious to his native skies;
Christ, awhile to mortals given,
enters now the highest heaven! Alleluia!

2 There the glorious triumph waits;
lift your heads, eternal gates!
Wide unfold the radiant scene;
take the King of glory in! Alleluia!

3 See! he lifts his hands above;
See! he shows the prints of love:
Hark! his gracious lips bestow,
blessings on his Church below. Alleluia!


Words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788), alt.
Music: Llanfair, Robert Williams (1781-1821)

Celebrant     Alleluia. Christ the Lord has ascended into heaven.
People          Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria:  S236    
(Members of the Parish Choir of Christ Episcopal Church, Los Altos.  Eric Tuan, music director)

1    Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers;
      you are worthy of praise; glory to you.
2    Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name;
      we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
     
3    Glory to you in the splendor of your temple;
      on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.
4    Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim;
      we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
     
5    Glory to you, beholding the depths;
      in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.
6    Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
      we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Music: John Rutter (b. 1945)

THE COLLECT
Celebrant    The Lord be with you.
People          And also with you.
Celebrant     Let us pray.

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

You may be seated for the readings.

FIRST LESSON                     Acts 1:1-11

(Reader: Laura Casellas)

Reader     A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he 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 toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward 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."

Reader      Hear what the spirit is saying to God’s people.
People     Thanks be to God.

Please sing the song with us in unison.

Psalm:  47
(Amanda Patterson, soprano and Larry Gates, piano)

The cantor sings the verses.  Congregation joins the cantor in singing the refrain

1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
shout to God with a cry of joy.

2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared; *
he is the great King over all the earth.     Refrain

3 He subdues the peoples under us, *
and the nations under our feet.

4 He chooses our inheritance for us, *
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.     Refrain

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7 For God is King of all the earth; *
sing praises with all your skill.     Refrain

8 God reigns over the nations; *
God sits upon his holy throne.

9 The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
with the people of the God of Abraham.

10 The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
and he is highly exalted.     Refrain

EPISTLE                    Ephesians 1:15-23

(Reader: Ken Hite)

Reader     A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians.

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Reader     Hear what the spirit is saying to the churches.
People    Thanks be to God.

Please stand as you are able, and sing.

Sequence Hymn:  “When Christ was lifted from the earth” – Hymnal 603, vs. 1, 3 & 4
                                                    (Scott Dilbeck, bass and Larry Gates, piano)

1 When Christ was lifted from the earth,
his arms stretched out above
through every culture, every birth,
to draw an answering love.

3 Where generation, class, or race
divide us to our shame,
he sees not labels but a face,
a person, and a name.

4 Thus freely loved, though fully known,
may I in Christ be free
to welcome and accept his own
as Christ accepted me.

Words: Brian A. Wren (b. 1936)
Music: St. Botolph, Gordon Slater (1896-1979)

GOSPEL                 John 17:1-11

(Reader: Fr. Patrick)

Lector        A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
”I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

Lector       The Word of the Lord
People     Thanks be to God

You may be seated.

Sermon          Mo. Norma

THE NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
    eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God, begotten, not made,
    of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
    he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
    he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again
   in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven
   and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
   He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
   and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
   who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
   With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and
   glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
   We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Churh.
   We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of
   sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead,
   and the life of the world to come. Amen.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Leader and People pray responsively

With hearts and minds lifted to Christ who has ascended on high, let us pray.
 
As we join with all Christian people in giving praise for the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for the Church that he left to continue his work on earth. Faithful to her calling, may she witness to his glory by declaring and practicing his saving love.
 
We pray that through the glorified humanity of Jesus all people may be brought to a better understanding of our human nature. By your power, renew this world that is upheld in your love. Teach all to respect the dignity and rights of others as children of one Father.
 
Grant that in our daily lives our vision may not be limited by present concerns. May all that we do, in our families and in our work, be seen in the light of Christ and offered to him as the Master of all our service.
 
Have mercy on all who suffer in body or mind. Give them strength and hope in the Ascended Christ. May his passage from suffering to glory lift them out of their troubles into new life.
 
We pray for all who have gone where Christ has led, whose human nature has been transformed in his presence. Teach us to be ready to follow them, confident in his love and guided by his example.

We remember before God the more than 340,000 beloved ones that have perished due to the Corona Virus, including the more than 97,000 Americans, the more than 3,700 Californians and the 88 from Orange County.  (5/23/2020)

In their memory, please observe a Moment of Silence.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.
Please offer your own prayers, either silently or aloud.

On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember and honor those of our armed services who in the great struggle for freedom have given their very lives for our liberty.

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines.

All these our prayers we offer through the divine power of Christ, our Savior. Amen.

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR GRADUATES


All stand

THE PEACE

Celebrant: "Let us turn away from evil and do good; let us seek peace and pursue it." 1 Peter 3:11

Celebrant     The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People          And also with you.
Offer the love of Christ to one another (in a socially responsible way!)

Offertory Anthem:  “Ride On, King Jesus!” – Spiritual/Cutter
 (Arthur Sauls, tenor with Larry Gates, piano)

OFFERTORY
This is a good time to remember the needs of the world and Church, and decide how you want to provide for those needs if you have not already.

Today's flowers are given to the Glory of God and in remembrance to our fallen heroes by Patty Welliver.

Lector        We pray finally that prayers which Jesus himself taught us to pray:

Our Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING
May the risen Christ who has passed into the heavens clothe us with power from on high, and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always.  May God the holy and undivided Trinity guard our bodies, save our souls, and bring us safely to his heavenly Kingdom, where he lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen.


RECESSIONAL ANTHEM:  “See the Conqueror mounts in triumph”  - Hymnal 215, vs. 1&2
                                                                           (Amanda Patterson, soprano with Larry Gates, piano)

1 See the Conqueror mounts in triumph;
see the King in royal state,
riding on the clouds, his chariot,
to his heavenly palace gate!
Hark! the choirs of angel voices
joyful alleluias sing,
and the portals high are lifted
to receive their heavenly King.

2 He who on the cross did suffer,
he who from the grave arose,
he has vanquished sin and Satan;
he by death has spoiled his foes.
While he lifts his hands in blessing,
he is parted from his friends;
while their eager eyes behold him,
he upon the clouds ascends.

Words: Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885), alt.
Music: In Babilone, melody from Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlities en Contradanseu, 1710; harm. Charles Winfred Douglas (1867-1944)

DISMISSAL
Celebrant    Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia!
People         Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.