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Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Ascension This 1962 painting by Albert Tucker depicts the Ascension from Luke 24:50-53 and Acts 1:6-11. Resource type: Image | Source: ngv.vic.gov.au | Author: Albert Tucker Ascension This 1973 painting by Jesus Mafa depicts the Ascension of Christ from Luke 24:50-53 and Acts 1:6-11. Resource type: Image | Source: Vanderbilt University Library | Author: Jesus Mafa A Face Like This One: The Significance of the Doctrine of the Ascension Plenary address from a conference on the meaning of the Ascension. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Gerrit Dawson Ascension This 15th century painting by Master Thomas de Coloswar depicts the Ascension from Acts 1:6-11 and Luke 24:50-53. Resource type: Image | Source: wga.hu | Author: Master Thomas de Coloswar Benedictions for Ascension Day In this worship resource, Christine Longhurst shares scripturally-based benedictions suitable for Ascension Day/Sunday. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Call to Worship for Ascension Five calls to worship for Ascension Day; three from Psalm 47, one from Psalm 93, and one encompassing Luke 22:44-45; Eph. 1:20-22 and Heb. 4:16. Themes include God's sovereignty/reign, and the ascended Jesus' intercession for us. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Ascension: Implications & Chant A quote from Kenneth Tanner on the implications of Jesus' Ascension, along with a recording of Ascension chants from the Orthodox Church. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Global Worship | Author: Kenneth Tanner Opening Prayer for Ascension This opening prayer, based on Acts 1:6-11 and Hebrews 4:14-16, celebrates Christ's ascension to the Father. We praise the Father who is above all and Christ, our high priest, for his victory over death. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Litany for the Ascension of Our Lord [Lutheran] This litany of prayer is excerpted from a longer, full church service for Ascension Day. In it, the congregation prays for mercy then thanks God and prays for conformity to Christ. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Global Worship Ascension Exploring the implications of Jesus' ascension, this video by Dan Stevers draws on John 16:7, 20:17 and Acts to discuss how the ascended Christ has become accessible to us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: The Skit Guys | Author: Dan Stevers Litany of the Ascension "By your glorious resurrection and ascension, save us, good Lord. By your all-powerful intercession, save us, good Lord." A litany for Ascension Day from the Lutheran Church of Australia. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship Full Text Hymns on Ascension Hail the day that sees Him risePD
Ascension SongPD
All Hail the Power of Jesus' NamePD
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Rising – A Poem for Ascension Day This poem for Ascension Day, by Rowan Wyatt, imagines what the ascension of Christ was like from heaven's perspective. Resource type: Poetry | Source: Global Worship | Author: Rowan Wyatt Ascension The ascension is perhaps Jesus Christ's most puzzling act on earth. This video by Dan Stevers explores why it matters and what it means for us, who now have access to Christ through the Holy Spirit. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Igniter Media | Author: Dan Stevers Ascension and the Presence of God In this excerpt from on a sermon on Mark 16:19, Pope St. Leo the Great notes how Jesus' ascension brings our humanity in the presence of God, and God's presence to us in the sacraments. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: The Sunday Website | Author: Leo the Great Listen for the Breeze: A Post-Ascension Prayer Addressing the question of where Jesus has gone, this poetic post-Ascension prayer by Julie takes inspiration from Acts 1:6-11 encourages children to listen for the Holy Spirit's assurance that we are not alone. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Julie Ascension Reflections “The Ascension of Christ doesn’t mean absence; it means sovereignty, exercised through the Spirit.” This resource brings together reflections by N. T. Wright with artwork and music for the Ascension. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Global Worship | Author: N. T. Wright Ascension, Pentecost, Missions, and Justice Joyce Borger shares about the important connection between Ascension Day and Pentecost. We need to celebrate both of these events as we remember our calling to join in God's mission in the world. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Joyce Borger Ascension Artworks from India These four pieces of artwork from India depict versions of Jesus' ascension to heaven, including brief descriptions. The fourth includes the artist's explanation of Hindu symbolism representing Christ. Resource type: Image | Source: Global Worship Ascension: Praise & Affirmation This Trinitarian praise and affirmation for Ascension Day is based on 1 Timothy 3, 6 and Revelation 5. It is written in two parts with a focus on Jesus’ glory and return. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst
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