Paul's Ascension Prayer

May 17, 2012
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: The Mountains Melt Like Wax; 212(1,6-7); 215(1,3,5); 738
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus—my risen and ascended Savior and Lord—I come before You this evening to praise Your saving name!  You have delivered me from my sin and its consequence—death!  You have given me the promise of Your presence here in this life and my presence in Your home throughout eternity.  Be with and bless me and my fellow believers as we worship this night.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 47

First Reading: 

Luke 24:44-53

Jesus spent forty days after His resurrection and before His ascension preparing His disciples for their kingdom work.  After promising them the Holy Spirit, He was “parted from them and carried up into heaven.”