Devotional Reflection

Friday, May 22, 2020


The sign of the cross + may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen!

Alleluia. Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Holy God, holy and most gracious Father,

Have mercy and hear us.

Our Father, 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.                      (Mt. 6:9-13)

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Psalm 130 (responsive reading)

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! 2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. 8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Luther’s Morning Prayer from the Small Catechism

I thank you my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that you would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please you. For into your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Acts 1:1-11 The Promise of the Holy Spirit

1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

The Ascension

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes,11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

The Gospel of our Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Meditation for today: “The Ascension of Our Lord”  - Brief Meditation from Treasury of Daily Prayer

Prayers

Lord Jesus, your kingdom continues to be in our midst as you come to us now through holy water, holy words, and holy food. Help us to see that your kingdom is a kingdom of suffering, but that through suffering, we will be prepared to enter into glory when you return on that final day; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing LSB 493:1-3, 5

Verse 1 – A hymn of glory let us sing! New hymns throughout the world shall ring: Alleluia, alleluia! Christ, by a road before untrod, ascends unto the throne of God. Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Verse 2 – The holy apostolic band upon the Mount of Olives stand. Alleluia, alleluia! And with his faithful foll’wers see their Lord ascend in majesty. Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Verse 3 – To them the shining angels cry, “Why stand and gaze upon the sky?” Alleluia, alleluia! “This is the Savior,” thus they say; “This is his glorious triumph day!” Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Verse 5 – Be now our joy on earth, O Lord, and be our future great reward. Alleluia, alleluia! Then, throned with you forever, we shall praise your name eternally. Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Alleluia. Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Let us bless the Lord.                                                                                                (Psalm 103:1)

Thanks be to God.