Morning Prayer for Ascension Day

(Ascension of Jesus by Andrei Rublev, 1408)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Archbishop Justin Welby for Lectio365

Prayer of Approach
Creator God, who formed humanity from dust, breathe in me again. Revive me and sanctify me by the power of Your Spirit. Set my heart on fire with the good news of Your gospel.

Rejoice and Reflect
I choose to rejoice today in God’s majesty, joining with the ancient praise of all God’s people in the words of Psalm 24…
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.
For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
and built it on the ocean depths.
Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
Only those whose hands and hearts are pure…
Psalm 24:1-4a

Pause and pray

Ascension Day marks the moment when Jesus was taken up into heaven in full view of his disciples. Today I reflect on Jesus’ final words to His friends, just before this extraordinary event…

Then they gathered round him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’
He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
Acts 1:6-9

The disciples had questions. What did Jesus’ unexpected resurrection mean for Israel? But God’s agenda was infinitely broader than the disciples realised, and they had an essential part to play. Jesus told them that they would be His witnesses to the nearest community (Jerusalem), to their region (Judea) and even further, to those they disliked (Samaria). And, the Holy Spirit would make it all possible. The Spirit would give them the power to live out God’s extraordinary plan. The Spirit would propel them to the very ends of the earth.

Ask
Jesus, just as You breathed on Your disciples and gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit, would You breathe on me again (John 20:22). In the quiet of this moment, I receive Your Spirit.

Pause and pray

I think about my community, the mission field God has placed me in. The family, friends, neighbours and colleagues I share most of my life with.
God, I ask You to give me five names; people I know who don’t know You. People You want me to pray for every day between now and Pentecost Sunday. Empower me by Your Spirit to be Your witness to them this week.

Pause and pray

Yield
As I return to the passage, I open my ears to hear Your Word, and my heart to yield to Your will once again.
Then they gathered round him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’
He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
Acts 1:6-9

The story of Jesus’ ascension could feel like an ending, but Tom Wright reminds me that, ‘the story continues, and [I am] a part of it!’* Through the life of Jesus Christ, a small group of disciples experienced the presence of God in a particular way, in one place, for a few short years. Through Jesus’ Ascension, and the subsequent sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, many people have experienced and will experience the presence of God in all places, for all people, for all time in and through the body of Christ, His Church.

Pause and pray

Yielding Prayer
Jesus, thank You for the gift of Your life, the incredible love demonstrated through Your death on the cross, the victory won through Your resurrection from the tomb, and the power released through Your Ascension into heaven and the sending of Your Spirit. I yield myself completely to You. Spirit of Jesus, fill me and lead me today.

Yielding Promise
And now, as I prepare to take this time of prayer into the coming day, the Lord who loves me reminds me that,
God exalted [Jesus] to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9-11

Closing Prayer
Father, help me to live this day to the full,
being true to You, in every way.
Jesus, help me to give myself away to others,
being kind to everyone I meet.
Spirit, help me to love the lost,
proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.
Amen.

N.B. For more information and further prayer resources visit Thy Kingdom Come

 

 

 

210509 Sunday Service: Blessed are the Meek

We are continuing in our series of talks on the Beatitudes of Jesus. We will also hear from Kathleen and introduce a great new hymn. Join Christoph and Edda live from the Rectory at 10.30am. Find all links below.
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210502 Sunday Worship “Blessed are those who mourn.”

Today we continue in our exploration of Jesus’ “Beatitudes” and will reflect on “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” In the countdown we will show all your mountain photos! Join Edda and Christoph live from the Rectory at 10.30am. Find all the links below.

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210425 Sunday Service: “Blessed are the poor in spirit”

Today we are starting a new series of talks based on one of the most famous speeches of Jesus, the “Beatitudes”, in which he describes what life in his kingdom looks like. We will also announce the winners of our Easter Quiz. Find all the links below.
https://youtu.be/CaTrShFvp-o

Sunday Service on 18 April 2021: From resurrection life to resurrection lifestyle

“From Resurrection Life to Resurrection Lifestyle”. Led by Christoph and Edda Lindner, live from the Rectory. Find all links below.

Easter Celebration for all ages: Sunday 4 April, 10.30

Our All-Age Easter Celebration is full of joy and music! With the premiere of our first ever all-age virtual choir. Join Edda and Christoph at 10.30am, live from the Rectory.

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210328 Palm Sunday Service

It’s Palm Sunday! Join us for an action-packed service for all ages to start Holy Week.

Joey the Donkey will help us understand what Palm Sunday is all about. We will also hear from Jane Butcher (Bible Reading Fellowship) about resources to keep our faith vibrant. Join Edda and Christoph, live from the Rectory, at 10.30am.

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210321 Sunday Worship: Vocational Wellbeing

Today is the last part of The Wellbeing Journey. We will explore vocational wellbeing. We will also pause and reflect on nearly one year since the first lockdown started. Edda and Christoph will be leading the service live from the Rectory. Join us for Church Coffee on Zoom afterwards. All links can be found below.

 

Church Coffee on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 836 9097 1697

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CHILDREN AND FAMILIES:

Open the Book – The Boys who liked to say NO…

Wellbeing for children – early years…

Wellbeing for children – primary school age…

 

EASTER at Denham Parish Church…

210314 Mothering Sunday Service

It’s Mothering Sunday! This service is brimming with encouragement, with your contributions, and with helpful insights into relational wellbeing. Join us for Church Coffee on Zoom afterwards.  [Find all the links below the video]

 

Church Coffee on Zoom:
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CHILDREN AND FAMILIES:
A special Mothering Sunday Craft…

BONUS CLIP on relational wellbeing…

Amy Crouch: My Tech-Wise Life…

A special prayer for Mothering Sunday…

210307 Sunday Service: Financial Wellbeing

You can’t win a Rolls Royce in today’s service, but it is full of helpful contributions about our financial wellbeing! We’re showing off the second batch of your beautiful mugs during the countdown. Edda and Christoph are leading the service live from the Rectory as we continue The Wellbeing Journey. [Find all the links below this video]

11.15am after this service:

Church Coffee Online…

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES:

Open the Book Bible story (Elijah part 3)…

Wellbeing for pre-schoolers…

Wellbeing for Keystage 1&2…

Bible puzzle colouring in sheets…

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Christians Against Poverty…

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