“Jesus was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘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.’”
Acts 1:9-11 (NIV)

Many Christians celebrate or mark the Ascension of Jesus and this year the date was Thursday 21st May. We can all be very thankful for the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus out of love for each of us to give us eternal life. He sits on the throne and intercedes on our behalf and at the appointed time will return to reign as King of Kings, Crowned with many crowns!

HYMN NO. 1 – CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS – WCG 294
(A youtube link to this Hymn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuMh_ept-Js )

PRAYER
We rejoice, Father in Heaven,
that Jesus died and rose on high,
triumphing over the grave so that
we can have life. We thank you
for a day of rest to remember,
to praise and worship and to learn
how to follow His example and,
led by the Spirit, to become more like You.
Please bless and lead us through
the troubled waters to peace
in your green pastures.
AMEN

Hebrews 9:24
“For Christ…entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.”
Praise Him who saves you by his grace ~All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name!

HYMN NO. 2 – ALL HAIL THE POWER – WCG 272
(A youtube link to this hymn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itUNSwS4q9E )

He triumphed o’er the grave, he died and rose on high, and Dr. Greg Williams in SPEAKING OF LIFE says ‘I Believe’
Click on this link to watch: https://archive.gci.org/media/videos/1015-i-believe/

We believe because Jesus has proven His love for us by his life, death, resurrection and ascension; therefore Rejoice, The Lord Is King!

HYMN NO. 3 – REJOICE THE LORD IS KING! – WCG 260
(A youtube link to this hymn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N0iVysrykU )

We rejoice in our Praise and worship, In our Christian lives In our love for one another And now, in our desire to learn more from God’s Word:

SERMON LINKS FOR THE LIVE-STREAMED MESSAGES (if you cannot join to watch at 11am, they can be viewed at any time later):

SATURDAY 23 May 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvYgsN6kA6Q

SUNDAY 24 May 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StdN26qsU_I

As Jesus ascended into heaven around 2000 years ago, so he will come again, and at the name of Jesus every knee will bow!

HYMN NO. 4 – AT THE NAME OF JESUS – MP 41ii
(A youtube link to this hymn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4d4UXSJXig

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
John 14:3 (NKJV)

PRAYER
We are humbled, Father in Heaven,
at the great love,
the monumental sacrifice and
amazing grace that gives us hope to
press onward towards the mark
of our high calling,
to that time when at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow.
Please give us the faith and the courage
to share that name in our lives today
through another week of Christian living.
AMEN

“Holy water is not hand sanitizer and prayer is not a vaccine…But for believers, religion is a fundamental source of spiritual healing and hope. It’s a remedy against despair, providing psychological and emotional support that is an integral part of well-being. (It’s also an antidote to loneliness, which several medical experts point to as one of the most worrisome public health issues of our time.)”
Mattia Ferraresi, New York times 2020-03-10 as quoted in the book sent to all GCI members in the UK recently, Where Is God In A Coronavirus World? By John C. Lennox

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