Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord – 16th May 2021



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All are requested to join in wherever text is GREEN or when instructed by Fr. David.

Where the ✝ is shown, all are encouraged to make the sign of the cross.

Where the ✊ is shown all are encouraged to strike their breast with a closed hand following the actions of Fr. David.

Where the ✋ is shown all are encouraged to tap their breast with an open hand following the actions of Fr. David.

Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!

Glorious to his native skies; Alleluia!

Christ, awhile to mortals given, Alleluia!

Enters now the highest heaven!  Alleluia!

There the glorious triumph waits; Alleluia!

Lift your heads, eternal gates!  Alleluia!

Christ hath vanquished death and sin; Alleluia!

Take the King of Glory in.  Alleluia!

Lord, though parted from our sight, Alleluia!

Far above the azure height, Alleluia!

Grant our hearts may thither rise, Alleluia!

Seeking thee beyond the skies.  Alleluia!

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ✝

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen


From Easter to Pentecost:

Allelulia. Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia


In Lent and other penitential occasions:

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins;

His mercy endures for ever.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Let us pray:

Almighty God, to whom all hearts be open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

This prayer is omitted during Lent and Advent:

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.  Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.  Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

 Holy God, holy and mighty ✝, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles:

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

Psalm 47

Omnes gentes, plaudite

Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
shout to God with a cry of joy.

2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared; *
he is the great King over all the earth.

3 He subdues the peoples under us, *
and the nations under our feet.

4 He chooses our inheritance for us, *
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

5 God has gone up with a shout, *
the Lord with the sound of the ram’s-horn.

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7 For God is King of all the earth; *
sing praises with all your skill.

8 God reigns over the nations; *
God sits upon his holy throne.

9 The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
with the people of the God of Abraham.

10 The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
and he is highly exalted.

A reading from the book of Ephesians

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

All stand for the Acclamation and Gospel reading.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Go, make disciples of all the nations;

I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.


The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to:



Jesus said to his disciples, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you– that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

After the Gospel reading

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Imagine, if you will, the disciples, gazing up into heaven, witnessing yet another miracle, and wondering that exact thing — the same thing that we now wonder about the end of the pandemic.  They, like we, had lived through something awful, whilst at the same time wonderful, traumatic, miraculous, and wholly unprecedented.  And now, who would they be?  Who will we be, after this?

It’s a question that anyone who has ever lived through a significant event has inevitably pondered.  You can even hear the thought echoing through the very pages of the Bible, after every story from the Garden of Eden to the exodus, to the fall, and the destruction of Jerusalem in the Old Testament, to the foot of the cross, and all the way through the Ascension and Pentecost!

Who are we going to be after this?

Who has this event made us?  How has it shaped us?

How is this extraordinary thing that is happening changing us, and fashioning us in ways that we can only begin to imagine right now?   Our parents and grandparents wondered it while wars raged, and plagues took their toll, and other great events occurred.

After all of this ends — who will we be?

As we begin to see the possibility of something like normality on the horizon, at least in certain parts of the world, this is a thing that we wonder, and that we would do well then to consider.

Everyone in crisis turns into a typically moody teenager, in a way.  We think, “No one has ever gone through anything this bad.  No one would understand!”  But it’s never true!

Our history books, and the Bible, tie up all of these monumental stories with these nice endings, and that can be deceptive to us.  How easily we forget that the people who were in those stories didn’t know those endings until they happened.  We are living through history, and we, just like everyone who has ever lived through a significant event, have felt lost and afraid and angry, and really, this whole time, have just wanted a return to normality. Everyone who has ever lived through a war, has dreamed of a time when they could go out in safety and calm again.  We are not living through a war, but there are some parallels.

We, too, dream of normality.  With vaccines being increasingly widely distributed, if not yet here in Thailand, we can finally almost taste it!

Someday, children who have yet to be born, will read their history books and see how all of this ended, but they will not know what we have lived through.  No, not really.  Not as intimately.  In the same way that we do not truly know the events that we did not live through.  We do not know the fears and anxieties of war, until we have lived through one.  We don’t know the hardship of national crisis, until we live through it.  In the same way, children yet to be born will not understand the coronavirus pandemic, when they read about it in their history books!

Yes, they will see the photographs of the angry protestors, and the people in masks in the shops, and on the street.  They will see the photos of outdoor church services.  They will read politicians’ speeches, and learn about famous scientists who developed safety protocols and vaccines.  They will learn of the mistakes and the triumphs of this time.  The ones who are especially emotionally intelligent and empathetic, will be able to imagine the fear and the anger, and the frustration that we feel right now, but they will not know it.  We should pray they never do!

Who are we going to be after this?

We, too, don’t know what it must have been like to live through Christianity’s first days.  In this story, with Jesus floating off into the sky, the disciples must have wondered, “Who are we going to be after all this?”

After all they’ve seen and been through, they can now no longer go back, to the lives which they were living before they met the carpenter turned rabbi from Galilee.  They wanted answers, too!  Before Jesus ascended, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”

In much the same way, for the past many months now, we have asked anyone who might know, when some semblance of normality might be restored to us!

We are lucky enough to have the story of Jesus, and the disciples nicely bound in the pages of our Bibles, and in our history books.  We know how everything turned out: the Church got started, the Gospel spread, and Christians ended up doing some really great things, and some really awful things in Jesus’ name for the next 2,000 years.  And now, in 2020 and 2021, we were also not the first to be kept away from our church worship by the threat of communicable disease!

The disciples, for their part, knew none of that history.  All they knew, was that they were now part of something extraordinary, and something hard, that had yet to work itself out.  They didn’t yet fully understand their part in it, or its impact on them.   They just knew that their lives were changed forever!

Who are we going to be after this?

The answer was up to them.  And the answer, now, is up to us!

As we imagine Christ, floating far up into the sky, on this Ascension Day, we wait with the disciples for the coming of Pentecost.  In our 1st Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we heard:

While Jesus was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.  They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven?  This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

This moment is perhaps vaguely amusing.  We imagine the disciples, gazing up in amazement, mouths open wide, and some angels coming by, and saying those words.

“This Jesus, who has been taken up into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Don’t stand there and wait for something to happen.  Trust us, the angels say, you’ll know it when it happens.  For now, you’ll just have to trust that it will happen, and that his promise is true:  Christ is with you until then.  That will have to be enough!

We will indeed know when the pandemic is fully over.  There’s no need to stand staring at the sky, or at the news bulletins, for that matter.  For now, we’ll just have to trust that it will happen, and is already happening — this will end, and is ending — and the promise is still true.  No plague in the whole of history has lasted forever!

We are one in Christ Jesus.  We are bound together in love – Christ is with us still, and that is enough.  You are enough!

No, we don’t know how this all ends.  But we are not the first to feel uncertain.  So, “who are we going to be after this?”

We are, were, and will be God’s own, beloved people, fully human, and fully loved.  That’s all we’ve got, and luckily, pandemic or not, that’s all we’ll ever need.  Amen.

Please stand for the Nicene Creed.

Let us together affirm the faith of the Church. ✝

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

✝ and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

Let us pray for the world and for the Church:

With hearts and minds lifted to Christ who has ascended on high, let us pray.

As we join with all Christian people in giving praise for the Ascension of our Lord Jersus Christ, we pray for the Church that he left to continue his work on earth….

We pray for the welfare of your church here on earth; guide and govern it by your Spirit, so that all Christians may be led in the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.

We ask your blessing on Vsevolod our Bishop, on this, our parish of St. George – for its work, its worship and its witness.  We pray particularly for Fr. David in his ministry to us, and for all members of our congregation, be they near or far. 

Faithful to her calling, may she witness to his glory by declaring and practising his saving love.

Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

We pray that through the glorified humanity of Jesus all people may be brought to a better understanding of our human nature… 

We pray for the leaders of the nations of this world, and especially for the King and Government of Thailand, and also in the countries from which we come. 

We remember in particular the people of India and Isreal-Gaza, Myanmar and Northern Ireland, Ukraine, Afganistan and Latin America.

Grant wisdom to those in authority in every land, and give to all people a desire for righteousness and peace, the will to work together in trust, to seek the common good, and to share with justice and equity the limited resources of the earth.

By your power, renew this world that is upheld in your love……Teach all to respect the dignity and rights of others as children of one Father.

Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

Grant that in our daily lives our vision may not be limited to present concerns…

We pray for all who are prevented from, or persecuted for practising their faith, especially for Christians in North Korea, China, Pakistan, Iran, Sudan and Nigeria. We pray for our fellow Christians both here in Thailand and also in our own home countries.   

May all that we do, in our families and in our work, be seen in the light of Christ and offered to him as the Master of all our service.

Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for those who suffer; the sick; the poor; the depressed; the lonely; the unloved; the persecuted; the unemployed and those who care for them. Those who grieve; and those who have nobody to pray for them.  

We remember especially at this time those who find it necessary to self isolate who may be known to us; and the difficulties this will enevitably produce.

Visit with new life the outcast and neglected in our society.

Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

Have mercy on all who suffer in body and mind….

We remember all those whose lives have been touched by the COVID 19 pandemic; particularly for all those here in Pattai-Ya whose livelihoods have been destroyed; where so many depend on the hotel and hospitality industry, now given added urgency as the outbreak increases in intensity.

Amongst the sick we remember;

Fr. Tom, Robert, Colin, Mavis, Patricia, Eric, Kent, Graham, Elizabeth, Conrad, Issabelle, and Jun…..and any others known personally to each and every one of us… 

Give them a trust in your goodness and help those who minister to them.

Give them strength and hope in the Ascended Christ…

May his passage from suffering to glory lift them out of their troubles into new life.

Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

We pray for all who have gone where Christ has led, whose human nature has been transformed in his presence…

We pray for all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, especially the millions who have died in the COVID pandemic and all whose anniversary falls at this time 

We remember also Alan l whose anniversary falls at this time and anyone else names are on our hearts. 

Teach us to be ready to follow them, confident in his love and guided by his example.

We offer these prayers through the divine power of Christ, shed abroad in all the world.

Lord hear us – Lord graciously hear us.

At the conclusion of the prayers the priest says:

Almighty God, who has promised to hear our prayers.

Grant that what we have asked in faith we may by your grace receive, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.


God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord’s table.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God’s forgiveness.

Merciful God, our maker and our judge, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, and in what we have failed to do: we have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves; we repent and are sorry ✊ for all ✊ our sins ✊, Father forgive us, strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

**(Note: all are encouraged to strike their breast 3 times following the lead of Fr. David as he utters the words: ‘sorry for all our sins’)**

Almighty God, who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith, pardon you ✝ and set you free from all your sins, strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The congregation stands.

We are the Body of Christ.

His Spirit is with us.


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Please greet each other with a sign of peace.

Rejoice, the Lord is King,

Your Lord and King adore;

Mortals, give thanks and sing,

And triumph evermore:

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;

Rejoice, again I say, rejoice.


Jesus, the Saviour reigns,

The God of truth and love;

When he had purged pour stains,

He took his seat above:

Lift up…………..


His kingdom cannot fail;

He rules o’er earth and heaven;

The keys of death and hell

Are to our Jesus given:

Lift up ………….

He sits at God’s right hand

Till all his foes submit,

And bow to his command,

And fall beneath his feet:

Lift up………….


Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have these gifts to share. Accept and use our offerings for your glory and the service of your kingdom.

Blessed be God forever.

 Let us pray

We do not presume to come to your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies.  We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table, but you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us.  Amen.


The Lord be with you.

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.

Proper Preface

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. ✝  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body ✝ which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood ✝ of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice, made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.


Let us pray with confidence to the Father, as our Saviour has taught 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. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.  

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

**(Note:  All are encouraged to tap their breast three times following the example of Fr. David as he utters the words ‘…have mercy, …have mercy and …grant us peace’)**

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

This is the Lamb of God ✝, who takes away the sins of the world;

Happy are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy ✊ to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

**(Note:  All are encouraged to strike breast following the example of Fr. David as all utter the words ‘not worthy’)** 

After Communion the celebrant and the congregation say


Let us pray.

Father of all we give you thanks and praise that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory. May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. 

Keep us in this hope that we have grasped; so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name.

Father, we offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice through Jesus Christ our Lord. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit ✝, be amongst you and remain with you always.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour,

First-begotten from the dead,

Thou alone, our strong defender,

Liftest up thy people’s head.

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Jesu, true and living bread.

Pascal lamb, thine Offering, finished

Once for all when thou wast slain;

In its fullness undiminished

Shall for evermore remain,

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Cleansing souls from every stain.

Life-imparting, heavenly Manna,

Stricken Rock, with streaming side,

Heaven and earth with loud hosanna

Worship thee, the Lamb who dies,

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Risen, ascended, glorified!


Here is the music for this week’s hymns, if you would like to practice beforehand.

Performed by Fr. David Price

NOTE: The introductory music is Chorale Prelude: Heut’ triumphiret Gottes Sohn (BWV 630) – Bach.