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Ascension Sunday and the Politically Subversive Message of Jesus

The Ascension gets political. During today’s service we will celebrate the Ascension of Jesus. It’s not Christmas. It’s not Easter. But the Ascension is a critical aspect of the story of Jesus. Why? Because the Ascension is not about Jesus flying away somewhere into outer space. The Ascension is about Jesus rising up to subvert the corrupt political systems of the world. So join us this morning as we rise together for a more just and loving world.

Sunday, May 24, 2020
Ascension Sunday: The Politically Subversive Message of Jesus
Adam: God be with you.
All: And also with you.

Welcome and Announcements – Adam Ericksen

Lighting of the Peace Candle – Jeff Pratt, Adam, Reed, and Willow
Adam: Our tradition at CUCC is to light a peace candle at the beginning of each worship service to center ourselves around the Peace of God. Jeff will lead us in the liturgy as Reed and Willow light the candle…
Jeff: I invite you to join us in lighting the peace candle…
 All: We pray for peace
in our hearts,
in our homes,
in our community,
in our nation,
and in our world.

Scripture Readings
John 17:1-5; 11
Acts 1:6-11

*Call to Worship – Jeff
 Jeff: Please join us in the call to worship…
 Jeff: We are separated by many miles, states, countries, and even continents.
 All: And yet we hope for an experience of togetherness.
 Jeff: Our physical separation does not mean that we are truly separated from one another.
 All: For Jesus prays that we may be one, as he and God are one.
 Jeff: Even as we are physically separated during this time, let us be one in the Spirit of love.
 All: May we be united in a shared desire for more love and justice and hope in God’s good world. Amen.

Children’s Moment

*Passing of the Peace – Jeff
Jeff: Friends, although we are physically separated as we practice social distance, in reality we are all connected. And so we come to the point in our service where we pass the peace with one another. I invite you to open your palms up like this and imagine yourself connected to everyone watching this livestream as we pass the peace to one another.
 Jeff: Beloved of God, may the peace of Christ be with you.
 All: And also with you.
 Invitation to the Offering – Adam

 Song: Bright Morning Star – Sung by Debbie, Jeff, Rhonda, and Dave

Prayers of the People – Adam
(After each prayer, Adam will say, “God in your love” and you are invited to respond with “hear our prayers.”)

Community Prayer and Lord’s Prayer - Jeff
Our God,
Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

Sermon – The Politics of Sharing in the Glory of God.

*Unison Benediction – Jeff
 May God bless you and keep you.
May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
May God look upon you with kindness and bring you peace.
This day and forever more. Amen
-Numbers 6:24-26