Today is Ascension Day.
Today is Ascension Day. According to the Acts of the Apostles, our Lord Jesus Christ was present to his disciples for forty days after his resurrection. On the fortieth day he ascended to heaven and took his place at the right hand of the Father. Today the Church celebrates this event, the Ascension. In the Episcopal Church it is one of our seven “Principal Feasts.” Easter, the Church’s greatest season, does not end today, but lasts for fifty days and concludes on the Day of Pentecost.
Last Sunday was Episcopal Charities Sunday.
Share your blessings with others who probably had a harder year than most. Episcopal Charities supports 62 feeding programs throughout the diocese, and as we know more people are going hungry during the pandemic than before. You can make a donation to Episcopal Charities HERE or by texting SUNDAY to 91999. You’ll be brought to a secure donation form, where it will only take about a minute to make a real impact. Visit ec-ny.org/ecsunday for more info.
Today’s In Person Worship
- At 5pm on Ascension Day the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated in the Garden of Resurrection. If it rains, we will be in the church. The service is from the red Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355. See below for detailed music information.
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Today’s Propers (Collect & Lections from Holy Scripture)
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.
Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The First Lesson
In 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.”
Omnes gentes, plaudite
1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
shout to God with a cry of joy.
2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared; *
he is the great King over all the earth.
3 He subdues the peoples under us, *
and the nations under our feet.
4 He chooses our inheritance for us, *
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
5 God has gone up with a shout, *
the Lord with the sound of the ram’s-horn.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is King of all the earth; *
sing praises with all your skill.
8 God reigns over the nations; *
God sits upon his holy throne.
9 The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
with the people of the God of Abraham.
10 The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
and he is highly exalted.
1 The Lord is King;
he has put on splendid apparel; *
the Lord has put on his apparel
and girded himself with strength.
2 He has made the whole world so sure *
that it cannot be moved;
3 Ever since the world began, your throne has been established; *
you are from everlasting.
4 The waters have lifted up, O Lord,
the waters have lifted up their voice; *
the waters have lifted up their pounding waves.
5 Mightier than the sound of many waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea, *
mightier is the Lord who dwells on high.
6 Your testimonies are very sure, *
and holiness adorns your house, O Lord,
for ever and for evermore.
I 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.
Jesus 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 following recorded hymns and anthems will be offered by our full choir:
Parish Prayer List
Please note that names are listed alphabetically by last name of the person being prayed for (if it is known). We do not list last names for privacy reasons. For pastoral emergencies call or text one of the clergy: Father Matt (914.471.0260), Deacon Katie Lawrence (914.589.1628), Deacon Chisara Alimole (914.338.5194), or call the parish office (914.738.5515) . If you have any updates (birthdays, prayers additions, etc., please let us know.) Please submit names you wish to be included by Tuesday morning, to Marie at: email@example.com.
Our prayers are asked especially for: Marion, Shane, Rosemary, Rob, Marcia, Mike, Anne, Claudette, Ginny, Beverly, Barbara, Nicholas, Randy, Sonya, Mary, Ralph, Didi, Tom, Sammy, Patrick, Ryan, Monica, Rebecca, Janet, Amina, Ellen, Alexia Grace, Alison, Greg, John, Emma, Hildy, Jason, Shay, Cara, Stephanie, Robert, Susan, Sue, Xandra, Sigi, Joyce, Julie, Scott, Robert, Sherrie, Michelle, Karen, Lisa, Laurelyn, Rob, Drue, Rob, Bill, Andrea, Sue, Lael, M & D, Sandy, and Katie.
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week and in the coming week: John Manfredi (May 3), Grace Bodenmann (May 12), Linda Gerra (May 12), Annette Wiggins (May 12), Nicholas Mead (May 13), Kevin Alexander (May 14), Jack Kaufmann (May 14), Jabea Kisob (May 14) and Kate Zambelli (May 14).
And we give thanks for the Wedding Anniversary of Eileen Peluso and David Hoffer (May 4),
We also give thanks for The Rev. Deacon Katie Lawrence on the 11th anniversary of her Ordination to Diaconate (May 2), and for The Rev. Deacon Chisara Alimole on the 8th anniversary of her Ordination to the Diaconate (May 13).
We pray for those in our Armed Services especially: Joseph, Kevin, Jack, Leopold, Philip, Jake, Matthew, Robert, Philip-Jason, Nicholas, Sam, Jack, Helen, Mitchel, Tia, Tyrese, and Terrence.
We pray that all elected and appointed officials may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world, especially Joseph our President and Andrew our Governor. Grant our nation peace and help us to work together with mutual forbearance and respect.
Our prayers are asked for all medical professionals and staff, for those working towards treatment and a cure for Covid-19, for all first responders and for all providing care during this pandemic, especially: Russ, Jordan, Anna, Nicholas, Amy, Kristine, Jaazmeen, Jennifer, Toni, Peter, Charles, Christine, Sean, Katie, Naima, Sandra, Jim, Claire, Novelette, and Karis.
We remember and pray for the more than half-million Americans who have died from COVID-19, and we pray also for all who mourn.
We pray for those who have died, especially Amy Archbald (May 4, 2021), Thomas Hoxsie (May 9, 2021), and Bob Weeks on the 5th anniversary of his death (May 10).
Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen
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