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Ascension Sunday, Seventh Sunday of Easter

For the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, The Rev. Karen Bowles is calling her sermon “Heaven Gazing.” “Transitions are tough: tough to accommodate, tough to digest, and tough to live through.  So we look up instead of in, we look up instead of around, we look up instead of down.”   

For the organ prelude, Dr. Patricia Wright will play Prelude and Fugue in G Major by J. S. Bach and "Cantilène" from Suite Brève by Jean Langlais. The organ postlude will be Hymne D’Action de Grâce “Te Deum” by Jean Langlais. The Metropolitan Choir will sing I Will Not Leave You Comfortless by William Byrd. At the Offertory, soprano Gisele Kulak will sing "With Verdure Clad" from Creation by Franz Josef Haydn. The hymns will be No. 327 (All Praise to Thee), No.190 (The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns), No.461 (Bread of the World), and No.507 (Today We All Are Called). The final piece in the carillon prelude played by Roy Lee will be Beverly Buchanan's setting of Crown Him with Many Crowns.  

The Bible readings are Acts 1:1-11 (the Ascension of Jesus), Ephesians 1:15-23 (Paul’s prayer), and Luke 24:44-53 (Jesus appears to his disciples).