This year Ascension Day falls on Thursday, May 13th. It is the day, forty days after Resurrection Sunday, in which we celebrate Jesus Christ ascending into heaven and sitting at the right hand of the Father, where he rules and reigns as King of heaven and earth.

A couple years ago we happened to be on a staff retreat on Ascension Day. Knowing that this great day was coming, I had a desire to lead our staff in its observance. So I put together a short liturgy with the help of the Book of Common Prayer.

This liturgy is perfect for any small group setting, whether it be your church staff, home group, worship team, whoever. We will be worshiping through the liturgy as a worship team before we begin our regular Thursday band rehearsal on May 13th. It takes about fifteen minutes to go through it and includes prayers, Scripture readings, and songs.

I hope you find this resource helpful. Whether you use it or not, please find a way to celebrate Ascension Day. It would be a pity to skip over this great day without even knowing it. What an opportunity, too, to lead our people into a deeper practice and greater understanding of Christian Year worship!

Note: Feel free to replace the songs with others that better suit your community. Just try to keep the themes consistent with the story that the liturgy is telling. For example, you could replace “Christ Is Exalted” with “Stand in Awe” and “We Fall Down” with “Oh Praise Him.”

PDF: Ascension Day: A Short Liturgy for You

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