Readings and Prayers for Ascension Day May 21st 2020




Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Woodfield Team prayer. God our Father, you long to draw all people into your love; increase in number your church   throughout the Woodfield Team, deepen us as followers and learners of Christ and give us courage to share the good news of your kingdom. We pray this in the power of your Spirit, to the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Collect.

Risen Christ,

you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven:

help us to seek and serve you,

that we may join you at the Father’s side,

where you reign with the Spirit in glory,

now and for ever. Amen.


The Reading: Acts 1:1-11

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’

Then they gathered round him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’

    A suggestion: read the passage slowly and prayerfully a couple of times. It is a strange scene to imagine. What do you understand by Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit? Perhaps between now and Pentecost, we could ask that the eyes of our hearts are opened to understand more of the gift of the Holy Spirit? And to ask that we may be open to receive that same Spirit who filled the first disciples?

   What do you make of the depiction of the Ascension above? It’s always been hard for artists to capture this event!

Prayer: do pray

  • Spirit of God, you give life to the world:  Breathe on us breath of God
  • Spirit of God, you renew your church: Breathe on us breath of God
  • Spirit of God, you draw all people into the love of Christ: Breathe on us breath of God
  • Spirit of God, you give guidance to all rulers: Breathe on us breath of God
  • Spirit of God, you give comfort to the troubled: Breathe on us breath of God
  • God the Father , bless us; God the Son, take care of us; God the Spirit enlighten us, all the days of our life. Amen