Ascension

“Ascension Day (often celebrated on a Sunday), the fortieth day after Easter, marks the day on which Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with his disciples and ascended to heaven before their eyes (Acts 1:1-12). Though often overlooked, the ascension of Christ is filled with theological significance. Christ’s ascension means that in heaven there is one who, knowing firsthand the experience of suffering and temptation, prays for us and perfects our prayers. The ascension is a witness and guarantee of our own bodily resurrection, as well as an invitation for us to set our hearts and minds “on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1-2) to rule over all things in heaven and throughout the universe (Eph. 1:10, 20-23). Finally, the ascension of Jesus serves as the prelude to Pentecost, when the power of the risen Christ came upon all believers through the Holy Spirit.”  – The Worship Sourcebook

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This past Sunday the church celebrated as “Ascension Sunday.”  The Sunday remembers that 40 days after the Resurrection Jesus gathered before his disciples and in their sight ascended up to heaven. (Acts 1: 6-11) “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.”  Zac Hicks reminds us in his recent post on the Ascension that Luke makes a point to both end and begin his two great letters with accounts of the ascension (so we should take note).  The ascension, however, doesn’t get a lot of attention…especially in our worship as sojourn pastor Daniel Montgomery states so succinctly in a recent post.  Yet it is utterly essential…if not inscrutable! Without the ascension there is no pentecost, there is no church, there is no application to our lives of the victorious work of the cross and resurrection!  The Ascension means that Jesus is now reigning, ruling, interceding for us, preparing a place for us, and ultimately planning his return for us.  Under the ascension we can live with hope that Christ will come again.

Continuing on with our series of compilations exploring under-served themes in worship music we have collected texts from various corners of church hymnody and recast them in recent musical garb…many written in the last month!

You can download the album for free at BandCamp (all donations will be given to Jobs for Life).  Included in the download is a PDF songbook of chords and leadsheets.

We also asked theologian Mike Farley to write an ARTICLE for us about the Ascension.  As you are listening to these new songs take a moment to read the article.  With these compilations we are trying to provide robust resources for worship leaders, churches, and all Christians by incorporating visual, musical, and theological perspectives.

Scripture Texts on the Ascension:

Psalm 47 / 97 / 110 / 113 / Daniel 7:9-14
Luke 24:44-53 / John 14:1-14 / Acts 1

Worship Services and Liturgy for Ascension Sunday:

Litany for Ascension Sunday – CICW

 

Recent Posts on the Importance of Ascension:

Michael Farley – Jesus’ Ascension and Christian Worship
Sojourn Pastor Daniel Montgomery – Recent Post
Worship Leader Zac Hicks – Recent Post
Ron Man –  “On the Neglected Ascension
Stephen T. Davis – “The Meaning of the Ascension for Christian Scholars.”
Paxson Jeancake – Rediscovering the Ascended Life of Jesus (Gospel Coalition Blog)
Malcolm Guite – A Sonnet for Ascension Day

More Songs meditating on the Ascension

Songs for Ascension Sunday – Greg Scheer (CICW)

Right Hand of the Father (Paxson Jeancake)
mp3 | leadsheet | Album – Wide Awake

Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise
Leadsheet | Wesley text – use tune of Christ the Lord is Risen

Church of God, Behold Your Savior (Josh Eby Text)
Leadsheet

Come Heaven Down (Bruce Benedict)
chords | demo | blog post

Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor (Evan Mazunik arr)
mp3 | leadsheet | Ascension hymn for communion

Christ Whose Glories Fill the Skies (Luke Morton arr)
MP3
| Chart

Who Shall Ascend the Hill of the Lord (Reggie Kidd and Edmund Clowney)
chart

Before the Throne of God Above (SGM)
Arise, My Soul, Arise (IGM)

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Books

Ascension Theology by Douglas B. Farrow
Space, Time and Resurrection by Thomas Torrance

Tracklist and Hymns from Ascension Hymns album:

1. Mission Athens Music – Jesus Shall Reign 04:09

2. Wes Crawford – For All that Come to God by Him 04:02

3. Wen Reagan – Christ the Lord 04:39

4. Jered McKenna – Jesus Lord Ascend Thy Throne 03:31

5. Bobby Krier & Justin Ruddy – Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies 04:58

6. Zac Hicks – Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor 05:40

7. JG Hymns – And Is He Removed 04:07

8. Rebekah Osborn – Today Our Lord Went Up On High 04:44

9. Wendell Kimbrough – Hosanna to the Prince of Light 02:37

10. Jess Alldredge – Jesus Our Triumphant Head 05:31

11. Red Mountain Music – How Sweet to Wait 02:42

12. All Saints Hymns – Be Thou My Vision 03:12

13. Bruce Benedict – Jesus, My All to Heav’n has Gone 02:07

14. Naaman Wood – Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise (free) 03:37

15. Greg Scheer – Awake, Sweet Gratitude 03:57

16. Bruce Benedict – All His Work Is Ended 03:34

17. Michael Van Patter – Lord, When Thou Didst Ascend 04:07

18. Brett Harris – Music From Gathering Church – Alleluia, Sing to Jesus 03:43

19. Sarah Majorins – God Ascended 02:35

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