Online Worship – May 23rd/24th, 2020

Welcome!

Thank you for joining us for Online Worship this week. When you’re ready, scroll on down to get started! Once you’ve finished with the first video, scroll on down to the next one. May God guide you through a blessed worship experience today.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENTS VIDEO THAT IS NEAR THE END OF THE SERVICE. THERE IS AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT THAT YOU REALLY DO NOT WANT TO MISS.

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Prelude: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus

Setting by Jonathan Reuss

Welcome and Invocation

Opening Song: Crown Him with Many Crowns

1 Crown Him with many crowns,
    The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark how the heav’nly anthem drowns
    All music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
    Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless king
    Through all eternity.

3 Crown Him the Lord of love.
    Behold His hands and side,
Rich wounds, yet visible above,
    In beauty glorified.
No angels in the sky
    Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bend their wond’ring eyes
    At mysteries so bright.

4 Crown Him the Lord of life,
    Who triumphed o’er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife
    For those He came to save.
His glories now we sing,
    Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring
    And lives that death may die.

5 Crown Him the Lord of heav’n,
    Enthroned in worlds above,
Crown Him the king to whom is giv’n
    The wondrous name of Love.
Crown Him with many crowns
    As thrones before Him fall;
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns,
    For He is king of all.

Text and tune: Public domain

Ascension Day Reading: Revelation 12:7-12

7Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8but he was defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Kids Message

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Sermon Text: Acts 1:1-11

1In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3To them he presented himself alive after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

4And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Sermon

Response to the Message – Nicene Creed

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Hymn: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus

1 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus;
    His the scepter, His the throne;
Alleluia! His the triumph,
    His the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
    Thunder like a mighty flood:
“Jesus out of ev’ry nation
    Has redeemed us by His blood.”

2 Alleluia! Not as orphans
    Are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us;
    Faith believes, nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received Him
    When the forty days were o’er,
Shall our hearts forget His promise:
    “I am with you evermore”?

3 Alleluia! Bread of heaven,
    Here on earth our food, our stay;
Alleluia! Here the sinful
    Flee to You from day to day.
Intercessor, Friend of sinners,
    Earth’s Redeemer, hear our plea
Where the songs of all the sinless
    Sweep across the crystal sea.

4 Alleluia! King eternal,
    Lord omnipotent we own;
Alleluia! Born of Mary,
    Earth Your footstool, heav’n Your throne.
As within the veil You entered,
    Robed in flesh, our great High Priest,
Here on earth both priest and victim
    In the eucharistic feast.

Text and tune: Public domain

Prayer of the Church and Lord’s Prayer

Hymn: Lord I Lift Your Name on High

Lord I lift Your name on high
Lord I love to sing Your praises
I’m so glad You’re in my life
I’m so glad You came to save us

You came from heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the cross
My debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord I lift Your name on high

Words and Music: Rick Founds CCLI Song # 117947 Used by permission: CCLI License # 11105072

Announcements

Prayer for Memorial Day and Benediction

Thank you so much for joining us! God bless you!

10 Comments

    1. Deb Whalen

      Pastor ..the sermon was beautiful and I felt like you were speaking to me.
      carol I look forward to SJ Kids every week. I sing theme song all the time !! Kaitlyn is a great addition.

      Love Debbie

  1. The Sauer family

    Thank you very much to all those who have fought for or are fighting for our country. May God bless you and your families!
    We’re also thankful that we still are able to worship each week. Thank you to all who make this possible!!!

  2. Carol Mittelstaedt

    I would like to thank Scott Miceli who films the kids messages and does all the special effects. He is a pleasure to work with and donates his time to this every week. Thanks Scott!

  3. Julie Rodriguez

    Thanks for another great service. I especially appreciate the splendid production and editing team for the videos. I didn’t realize how creative they were. Very excited about next week.

  4. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    Let’s all continue to pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to be part of our lives. What would we do without it! The belfry shot gave us a good idea of the ground around our communities and the opportunities we have to “fan the flames.” Thanks, everyone, for bringing us together every week.

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