Sermon: Thursday 19th May

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Preached on 18th May 2020
(6th of Easter)
by Antony Oakley

Luke 24:44-53

44Then he said to them, “These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true.”

45Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46and said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, 47and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you.”

Jesus is Taken Up to Heaven

50Then he led them out of the city as far as Bethany, where he raised his hands and blessed them. 51As he was blessing them, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven. 52They worshipped him and went back into Jerusalem, filled with great joy, 53and spent all their time in the Temple giving thanks to God.

Singing the Faith 300

   1      Hail the day that sees him rise,  Alleluia!
        ravished from our wistful eyes!  Alleluia!
        Christ, awhile to mortals given,  Alleluia!
        reascends his native heaven: Alleluia!

   2      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!

   3      Him though highest heaven receives,  Alleluia!
        still he loves the earth he leaves; Alleluia!
        though returning to his throne,  Alleluia!
        still he calls the world his own: Alleluia!

   4      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!

   5      Master, parted from our sight,  Alleluia!
        high above the azure height,  Alleluia!
        grant our hearts to you may rise,  Alleluia!
        following you beyond the skies: Alleluia!

   6      Cast ourselves before your throne,  Alleluia!
        here our heaven of heavens to own,  Alleluia!
        there we shall with you remain,  Alleluia!
        partners of your endless reign: Alleluia!

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 300 .

Psalm 47

The Supreme Ruler

1Clap your hands for joy, all peoples!

Praise God with loud songs!

2The LORD, the Most High, is to be feared;

he is a great king, ruling over all the world.

3He gave us victory over the peoples;

he made us rule over the nations.

4He chose for us the land where we live,

the proud possession of his people, whom he loves.

5God goes up to his throne.

There are shouts of joy and the blast of trumpets,

as the LORD goes up.

6Sing praise to God;

sing praise to our king!

7God is king over all the world;

praise him with songs!

8God sits on his sacred throne;

he rules over the nations.

9The rulers of the nations assemble

with the people of the God of Abraham.

More powerful than all armies is he;

he rules supreme.

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