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Sunday, May 17, 2015 Worship
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Ascension Sunday

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Prelude Contemporary Ascension Music Various
Gathering Song(s) How Majestic Is Thy Name # 121
Holy Ground # 138
Opening Hymn Crown Him With Many Crowns # 45
Special Music
Offertory Crown Him With Many Crowns Callahan
Scripture Reading

18When you ascended on high,

you led captives in your train;

you received gifts from men,

even from the rebellious—

that you, O LORD God, might dwell there.

19Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,

who daily bears our burdens.

20Our God is a God who saves;

from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.

 

1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8This is why it says:

“When he ascended on high,

he led captives in his train

and gave gifts to men.”

9(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Psalm 68:18-20
Ephesians 4:1-16
     
Sermon Gifts from the Top Ephesians 4:7-8
     
Closing Hymn Alleluia! Sing to Jesus # 377
     
Postlude Come Away to the Skies Callahan

Hymnals: The Celebration Hymnal, unless otherwise noted as: SF=Sing the Faith; HLC=Hymns for the Living Church; HFG=Hymns for the Family of God

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