Jesus Ascended into Heaven!

May 9, 2002
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Ascension
Hymns: 217; 212; 216:3; 738
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, as we consider the words You spoke to Your disciples leading up to Your ascension into heaven, give us hearts desirous to hear and wills determined to act. You have called us to the great work, O Lord, of sharing Your Gospel with precious souls everywhere. Help us to see our opportunities to speak of Your love and lead us always to make a good confession of our faith. In Your saving name, we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 24

First Reading: 

Acts 1:1-11

Luke here records for us the events and words of Jesus leading up to His ascension. We are to be His witnesses “to the end of the earth” until that time when He returns in glory—a return which is certain as the angelic messengers testified.

Second Reading: 

Ephesians 1:15-23

Paul prays that the Ephesians might receive spiritual wisdom, even as he describes the glorification of Jesus. Our Lord Jesus Christ is seated “at His (God the Father’s) right hand in the heavenly places” exercising all authority in heaven and on earth as the head of His Church.