Notable Feast Days this Week
May 27 - Augustine of Canterbury (Roman Catholic)
May 27 - John Calvin (Lutheran)
May 27 - Venerable Bede (Eastern)
May 28 - Ignatius, Rostov, 1288
May 29 - Theodosia, Constantinople, 730
May 30 - Ascension Day (Western)
May 31 - Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (Western)
June 1 - Wistan of Repton, 849 
June 2 - Ascension Day (Canada, Roman Catholic)

Revised Common Lectionary

Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17,
John 17:20-26

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings
Liturgical Color - White/Gold

-------- Seventh Sunday of Easter -------- June 2, 2019

Life Through Jesus

Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown in jail for casting out unclean spirits in the name of Jesus. In their suffering, they exhibited joy and trusted God. God saved them. As a result, the jailer and his household believed in Jesus and were baptized (Acts 16:16-34). We can rejoice because this same God, revealed through Jesus, is above all other gods (Psalm 97). He will come again in power and offers life to all that come to him (Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21). Until that time, Jesus desires his children to walk together in unity and love (John 17:20-26). 

Psalm 97
Scripture Readings
"The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles..."
Acts 16:16-34
Paul and Silas are saved from prison and a jailer and his household are baptized

Revelation 22:12-14,
16-17, 20-21

Blessed are those who wash their robes and come to Jesus to receive life

John 17:20-26
Jesus prays that his disciple may live in love and unity

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. -The Book of Common Prayer
 Ascension of the Lord 

May 30 (Western), June 2 (Roman Catholic), June 6 (Eastern)
Ascension Day marks the event in which Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with his disciples and ascended into heaven before their eyes (Acts 1:1-12). The Worship Sourcebook says, "Christ’s ascension means that in heaven there is one who, knowing first-hand the experience of suffering and temptation, prays for us and perfects our prayers. The ascension is a witness and guarantee of our own bodily resurrection, as well as an invitation for us to set our hearts and minds 'on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God' (Col. 3:1-2) to rule over all things in heaven and throughout the universe (Eph. 1:10, 20-23)." 

As theologian NT Wright put it, “The point of the ascension is not that Jesus is going a long way away, but that he is being elevated to the true Lord of the world.” The ascension of Christ is the necessary prelude to Pentecost, “Ascension doesn’t mean absence, it means sovereignty, exercised through the Spirit.” 
Articles and Quotes
Worship Planning
Art and Poetry
Collect for Ascension 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. -The Book of Common Prayer
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn suggestions for The Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year C) from 

Hymns for Psalm 97 from

Hymn resource for those affected by Alzheimer's or Dementia

Eastertide Playlist and Charts from Cardiphonia

Psalm 47 (O For a Shout of Sacred Joy) | Isaac Watts / Luke Hyder | Leadsheet

Mightier (Psalm 93) | by Aaron Strumpel | Leadsheet

The Strife is O'er | Arranged by The Welcome Wagon | Leadsheet 

Rejoice the Lord is King | Charles Wesley, arranged by Tommy Walker| Leadsheet 

See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph| Chord Chart (Tune: Ode to Joy) Leadsheet (Tune: Come Thou Fount)

Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies | Charles Wesley / Luke Morton | Leadsheet 

God Ascended | Easy SATB choral piece by Sarah Majorins, works well as a prelude, offertory, or communion reflection | Full Score

Psalm 97 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet
Psalm 47 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet
Psalm 93 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Metrical Options | Psalm 97, Psalm 93, Psalm 47
Music for Listening
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