Ascension Day Service May 21, 5:45pm

The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin
Please join us online for our name day service for the Feast of the Ascension! Thursday, May 21; for prelude music at 5:30 p.m. followed by the service at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for our patronal feast with some special music… AND our guest preacher: The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin, Suffragan Bishop of New York.

Join us via Zoom:

If you do not have a device with a camera, you can still join with your phone by dialing the following number and enter the meeting ID: 929-205-6099 Meeting ID: 322 793 633

The Feast of the Ascension

Prelude Music 5:45 pm edt

Credo from Missa Papae Marcelli
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
Unde quocumque
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
Sanctus from Missa Prolationam
Heinrich Isaac (1450-1517)
Rejoice, Rejoice
William Byrd (1539-1623)
Alleluia! I Heard a Voice
Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)

Worship Service 6 pm edt

All gather online
The service begins with the sound of a bell
and your microphones will be muted.


Hymn #214 Llanfair: Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise

Please join in the singing of the hymn.

Hail the day that sees Him rise, Alleluia!
Glorious to His native skies; Alleluia!
Christ, awhile to mortals giv’n, Alleluia!
Enters now the highest heav’n! Alleluia!
There the glorious triumph waits; Alleluia!
Lift your heads, eternal gates! Alleluia!
Wide unfold the radiant scene; Alleluia!
Take the King of glory in! Alleluia!
See! He lifts His hands above; Alleluia!
See! He shows the prints of love: Alleluia!
Hark! His gracious lips bestow, Alleluia!
Blessings on His Church below. Alleluia!
Lord beyond our mortal sight, Alleluia!
Raise our hearts to reach Thy height, Alleluia!
There Thy face unclouded see, Alleluia!
Find our heav’n of heav’ns in Thee. Alleluia!

Opening Acclamation

Presider    Alleluia. Christ is Risen

People    The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

1st Reading – Acts 1:1-11

Reader: Elizabeth Adams


n 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.”

Psalm 47 (St. Helena Psalter)

Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
   shout to God with a cry of joy.
For God Most High is to be feared; *
   God is the great Ruler over all the earth.
God subdues the peoples under us *
   and the nations under our feet.
God chooses our inheritance for us, *
   the pride of Jacob whom God loves.
God has gone up with a shout, *
   the Holy One with the sound of the ram’s-horn.
Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
   sing praises to our sovereign, sing praises.
For God is Sovereign over all the earth; *
   sing praises with all your skill.
God reigns over the nations; *
   God sits upon the holy throne.
The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
   with the people of the God of Abraham.
The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
   who is highly exalted.


2nd Reading – Ephesians 1:15-23

Reader: Kate Rutherford


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.


The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ
According to Luke

Luke 24:44-53


esus said to his disciples, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you– that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.


The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin



Ascendo ad Patrem
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)


The Prayers of the People – Form IV

Please send your own prayers through the chat function on Zoom, and the leader will read them at the end of the intercessions.

Deacon or other leader
Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

We pray for Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Andrew, Allen and Mary, our bishops, and for all people of faith in this community, especially the Church of the Ascension. Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.


Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.


Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.


Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.


Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation. We pray especially for Robert, Ed, Janet, Mary and Tom, Ellen, Joseph, Brielle, Lucas, Holly, Allejandro and Jesus, Jorge, Nancy, Barbara, Dorothy, Stewart, Amy, Patricia, Judith, Marco, Tina, Hannah, Jurek, Michael, Alice, Stacey, Michael, Jonathan, Erika, Robert, Raffaele, Norma, David and family, Camden, Lisa, Casking, and Annabelle.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.


We pray for all affected by COVID-19: for the frightened and the sick, for the dying and those who mourn. We pray for all who have lost jobs and livelihood as a result of this pandemic. We pray for all healthcare workers, especially Scarlett, Madonna, Trudie, Nancy, Anna, Sarah, Endine, and Terese, for all whose labor supports our common life, for those developing treatment and a vaccine, and for those charged with making decisions about public health and public policy.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.


We commend to your mercy all who have died, especially James Hubbard, Craig Daniel, Robert Paul Hill, Jane and Herb Boutot, Donald L. Cholcher, Jerry Rice, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, William Henry Marquess, Amy Spencer, Byrd Turner, Arthur B Whitcomb, and Jane Ingenito, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.
Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.


We offer you our other prayers, and our thanksgivings for all the blessings of this life.
Prayers received on Zoom chat are read by the intercessor.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.


The presider adds a concluding Collect.


The 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.



Ascension Blessing

May God the Father, who has given to his Son the name above every name, strengthen you to proclaim Jesus the Christ, the Son of God. Amen.


May God the Son, our great high priest, who has passed into the heavens, clothe you with power from on high. Amen.


May God the Holy Spirit, who pours out abundant gifts upon the Church, make you faithful followers of the risen Christ. Amen.


☩ And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.


Hymn #494 Diademata: Crown Him with Many Crowns

Please join in the singing of the hymn.

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.
Crown Him the Son of God,
Before the worlds began,
And ye who tread where He hath trod,
Crown Him the Son of Man;
Who every grief hath known
That wrings the human breast,
And takes and bears them for His own,
That all in Him may rest.
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.
Crown Him of lords the Lord,
Who over all doth reign,
Who once on earth, the incarnate Word,
For ransomed sinners slain,
Now lives in realms of light,
Where saints with angels sing
Their songs before Him day and night,
Their God, Redeemer, king.
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.



The people respond
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.


Coffee Hour

Pour yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or your favorite juice, grab a slice of banana bread, piece of fruit, or a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, and feel free to “hang out” with us online to chat! This Sunday we will experiment with small groups (in Zoom breakout rooms) to allow us more substantive conversation. We’ll explain how to do this after the service on Sunday!