Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Worship Notes for the Ascension of Our Lord

Tuesday in the week of Easter 6

He is Risen!

This Thursday (May 29) will be the Festival of the Ascension of Our Lord. Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus took his disciples up a mountain and, in front of their eyes, ascended back to Glory. We celebrate this historic event with a joint worship service here in the Upstate. Gathering at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Greenville (1601 Plesantburg Dr) will be members of Good Shepherd (of course) Lamb of God (Spartanburg), Abiding Savior (Anderson) and Immanuel (Simpsonville). The service begins at 7:00 PM. For our liturgy we will use the Divine Service, setting IV. This will be a "new" setting for members of Lamb of God so I'm going to be especially interested in their response. It will have an impact on whether or not we learn it. This is a Communion Service. You may prepare by reading what the Small Catechism teaches on the Sacrament. The assigned lessons are Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23 and Luke 24:44-53. I will be preaching the message, which is titled "Who Needs Another Holiday?" I hope we have a good turn out from all our congregations.

He is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia!

Pastor John Rickert

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