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Worship - May 24, 2020 Christ Glorified

Seventh Sunday of Easter


Opening Hymn: All Creatures Of Our God And King

(Lasst Uns Erfreuen)

performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Verse 1

All creatures of our God and King, Lift up your voice and with us sing

Alleluia alleluia

Thou burning sun with golden beam, Thou silver moon with softer gleam


Chorus

O praise Him O praise Him, Alleluia alleluia alleluia


Verse 2

Thou rushing wind that art so strong, Ye clouds that sail in heaven along

O praise Him alleluia

Thou rising morn in praise rejoice, Ye lights of evening find a voice


Verse 3

Thou flowing water pure and clear, Make music for thy Lord to hear

Alleluia alleluia

Thou fire so masterful and bright, Thou givest man both warmth and light


Verse 4

Dear mother earth who day by day, Unfoldest blessings on our way

O praise Him alleluia

The flowers and fruits that in Thee grow, Let them His glory also show


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Introduction

In these days between Ascension and Pentecost, we gather with the disciples in the upper room, waiting for the Spirit to transform the church around the world. In today’s gospel Jesus prays for his followers and for their mission in his name. Amid religious, social, and economic divisions, we seek the unity that Jesus had with his Father. Made one in baptism, we go forth to live our faith in the world, eager for the unity that God intends for the whole human family.


Prayer of the Day

O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.


First Reading: Acts 1:6-14 The Ascension

Today’s reading is part of the introduction to the narrative of the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost. These verses tell of the risen Lord’s conversation with his disciples on the eve of his ascension, in which he promises that they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit.

click on the video below to listen to the reading

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed 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 and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and 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.”

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 Sing to God, who rides upon the clouds.

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Let God arise, and let God’s enemies be scattered;   let those who hate God flee. As smoke is driven away, so you should drive them away; as the wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;   let them also be merry and joyful. Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name; exalt the one who rides the clouds; I Am is that name, rejoice before God! In your holy habitation, O God,   you are a father to orphans, defender of widows; you give the solitary a home and bring forth prisoners into freedom; but the rebels shall live in desert places. O God, when you went forth before your people,   when you marched through the wilderness, the earth quaked, and the skies poured down rain, at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel. You sent a bountiful rain, O God;   you restored your inheritance when it languished. Your people found their home in it; in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;   sing praises to the Lord. You ride in the heavens, O God, in the ancient heavens; you send forth your voice, your mighty voice. Ascribe power to God,   whose majesty is over Israel; whose strength is in the skies. How wonderful you are in your holy places, O God of Israel, giving strength and power to your people! Blessed be God!


Second Reading: 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 God will sustain and restore those who suffer

Our faith in Christ does not make us immune from the scorn of others. Nevertheless, we are to resist the designs of evil when we experience disparagement from others because we trust God’s grace will strengthen and guide us.

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Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. I will not leave you orphaned, | says the Lord.* I am com- | ing to you. Alleluia. (John 14:18)


Gospel: John 17:1-11 Christ’s prayer for his disciples

On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus prays to his heavenly Father, asking that those who continue his work in this world will live in unity.

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After Jesus had spoken these words [to his disciples], he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

one, even as we are one.


Pastor Jill’s sermon from John 17 Christ Glorified!

https://youtu.be/UiGjzVpf2VM

Good morning from the Lion Of Judah sanctuary here in our home! WE HEAR TODAY THAT Jesus is getting ready for His Ascension to the Father. His mission on earth was almost finished--& He was returning to His exalted position—but He has some words for His followers that are most precious through eternity—and include you & I. What caught my attention was when Jesus prayed to His Father—“All mine are yours, & yours are mine, AND I AM GLORIFED IN THEM.

What does that mean? How is it possible for Jesus Christ to be glorified in us? There are 3 ways!

The apostle John was given a marvelous vision of what is to come, recorded for us in the book of Revelation. John saw God’s people in the presence of Jesus, and he wrote down what was most striking to him. In his words, we learn how Christ will be glorified in his people:

1. By the vast number of the redeemed

I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count from every nation, tribe, people and language. (Revelation 7:9)

The first thing John writes about is the sheer number of these people. Christ has redeemed people from every corner of the planet. They have been drawn from every generation of history. John is given a glimpse of the day of their gathering, and he says nobody could possibly count them!

This brings great glory to Christ. Isaiah speaks about how, on the last day, Christ will see the fruit that came from all his suffering, and he will be satisfied (Isaiah 53:11)—not disappointed, satisfied.

2. By the unique difficulties his people have endured

These people have come out of great tribulation. (Rev 7:14)

Christ is glorified by the unique trouble his people have endured. It’s a vast company, but let’s move a little closer:

  • Here is someone who has struggled with depression all her life, but not now. There is a light and joy in her face that she never knew a single day of her life in this world.

  • Over there is someone who lacked confidence. He battled fear all his life, but not now. There’s no fear in him—he stands certain in Christ.

  • You look further and you see someone who was scarred by a great evil inflicted on them by another person. It troubled them, it haunted them, it dogged them all of the days of their life, but not now. There they stand in the presence of Jesus, and every tear has been wiped from their eye.

Each of these people has faced unique difficulties in life. Some have endured a lifelong struggle that arose from their temperament or from their background, but in every case Christ has brought them through. That’s what we’re to think about when we’re in the middle of the battle.

3. By the complete transformation of inveterate sinners

I use the word “inveterate” not only because I want you to remember how our sins are not a small thing. “Inveterate” means long-established, deep-rooted, or habitual, so it’s a good word to describe the human condition. By nature we’re inveterate sinners.

Think about it. We read that sinners are “shut out from the presence of the Lord”. But these people are all in the presence of Jesus, and they were sinners too. So why are they here? What are they doing in the presence of the Lord? Why are they all dressed in white?

John gives us the answer: “They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb”. That’s why these people are here—not because they have lived some perfect life, but because they have been washed by Christ.

Look at who’s here in this crowd: David the adulterer, Moses the murderer, Peter the denier, Paul the persecutor, you, me, and all the stuff we’ve done.

This crowd will be there because they have been washed in the blood of the lamb. Christ has cleansed them, and look at them now! They’re dressed in the white robes of his righteousness; they’re holy as God is holy. They are in his presence, without fault and with great joy.

The complete transformation of inveterate sinners brings glory to Jesus because only he could accomplish such an amazing transformation.

Charles Spurgeon uses this marvelous truth to give hope to people who have done terrible things, people who would say, “I feel so bad—there is no hope for me.” In his sermon, Spurgeon replied this:

I put it to you…If Jesus Christ is to be glorified in saved sinners, would he not be glorified indeed if he saved you? If he were to save such a rebel as you have been, would it not be the astonishment of eternity?…What if my Master were to make a saint of you?

If your sins are many, you have every reason to come to Christ today: Your salvation will bring great glory to Christ. Put your trust in Christ, and he will be glorified in you forever. And if you are a believer in Christ, this will help you to stay the course when you’re tired of the battle. Lift up your mind; see what is yours in Jesus Christ. This is your future in him.

Hymn of the Day: Be Glorified

performed by Hugh

Verse 1

In my heart Lord Be glorified be glorified

In my heart Lord Be glorified today


Verse 2

In my song Lord Be glorified be glorified

In my song Lord Be glorified today


Verse 3

In my prayer Lord Be glorified be glorified

In my prayer Lord Be glorified today


Verse 4

In my life Lord Be glorified be glorified

In my life Lord Be glorified today


Verse 5

In my church Lord Be glorified be glorified

In my church Lord Be glorified today


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Prayers of Intercession

Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

O God, call your people to be one, as you are one. Unite your church in the truth of your gospel, the love of our neighbor, and the call to proclaim your reign to all people. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Breathe life into your creation. Guide your people as we explore the mysteries of the universe. We pray for the work of scientists and mathematicians whose skill enriches our understanding. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Make your justice known among the nations of the earth. Protect the vulnerable (especially in many nations currently in crisis). Redirect those who use violence and greed as weapons. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Come to the aid of your children. We pray for those engulfed in grief, those without supportive families, and for all who are isolated, powerless, or afraid, that all may rest their anxieties in your care. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Give courage to all who embark on new ventures. We especially remember this day those who risked their lives to serve in our armed forces. Grant safety to those serving at home or abroad and assure them of your never-failing strength. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Raise all your saints to eternal life. Until that day, we give you thanks for the faithful examples of those who have listened to your voice and now rest in you. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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 our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And deliver us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory FOREVER.

AMEN.


Offering

During this time, it can be a strain on households, but please continue your giving as you are able. For now, send your offerings to Raymond Sundrud, Treasurer at: 35563 300th Street SE, Fosston, MN 56542.


Offering Prayer

Merciful God,

our ordinary gifts seem small for such a celebration,

but you make of them an abundance,

just as you do with our lives.

Feed us again at this table

for service in your name,

in the strength of the risen Christ.

Amen.


Stay - A Poem of Blessing for Ascension Day

by Jan Richardson


I know how your mind rushes ahead trying to fathom what could follow this. What will you do, where will you go, how will you live?

You will want to outrun the grief. You will want to keep turning toward the horizon, watching for what was lost to come back, to return to you and never leave again.

For now hear me when I say all you need to do is to still yourself is to turn toward one another is to stay.

Wait and see what comes to fill the gaping hole in your chest. Wait with your hands open to receive what could never come except to what is empty and hollow.

You cannot know it now, cannot even imagine what lies ahead, but I tell you the day is coming when breath will fill your lungs as it never has before and with your own ears you will hear words coming to you new and startling. You will dream dreams and you will see the world ablaze with blessing.

Wait for it. Still yourself. Stay.


Blessing

May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead

raise you to new life, fill you with hope,

and turn your mourning into dancing.

Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you now and forever.

Amen.


Closing Song: He's Alive - performed by Lauren Tally

I've heard people say that they were trying to find the Lord,

searching for something they can feel.

Trying to figure out if Jesus was the son of God.

Was the resurrection staged or real?

When I'm asked what I think, "did Jesus live or die?",

I just stand and boldly tell them what I think and why.


Well you can go down to a manger in a town of Bethlehem.

Try to find the baby Jesus but he won't be lying there.

Walk the Via Dolorosa to a hill called Calvary.

Look for the Lord, but you won't find him hanging on a tree.

You can go down to a garden where you'll see a borrowed tomb.

Take a look inside and all you'll find is just an empty room.

Jesus died but he's not dead and he's coming one more time.

He's alive. He's alive. He's alive.


Many people share opinions about the life of Christ.

Some believe that Jesus never lived.

There are those who say that he was just an ordinary man.

Others say that he was just a myth.

Well I don't care.

Just let the world stand back and criticize.

Praise the Lord the truth does not depend upon their lies.


CCLI Song # 4348399 Lauren Talley Licensed by UMG, Syntax Creative (on behalf of Horizon Records); Adorando Brazil, WAMA, Inc., BMI - Broadcast Music Inc., LatinAutor, and 9 Music Rights Societies CCLI License # 11430998

Dismissal

Christ is risen, just as he said.

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

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