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The Collect for Ascension Day 
Risen Christ,
you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven:
help us to seek and serve you,
that we may join you at the Father’s side,
where you reign with the Spirit in glory,
now and for ever.

A Choral Setting of Psalm 47 'God has gone up'

The Gospel for Ascension Day: Luke 24.44–53

Then Jesus said to them, ‘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 worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy and they were continually in the temple blessing God. [NRSV]

Ascension Day Sermon from Archbishop Rowan Williams - click here

Ascension Day Reflection

Lost to sight in the clouds! 
Taking off, 
jet propelled like a human rocket 
to return to – 
Is this how it was,
he Ascension? 

Caught up into all the glory of God 
and so here – 
and everywhere, 
no longer imprisoned by physical limitations: 
but not 
One with the Father, 
Jesus takes 
into the Godhead 
all that it means 
to be human. 

And so I know, 
that I am known, 
by the Almighty; 

Edmund Banyard, in his anthology, Turn But a Stone
Posted on Starters for Sunday, on the Church of Scotland website.