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For Week Of Sunday, May 8, 2005

Remembering the ascension of Jesus and celebrating
Mary, the universal mother of humanity.

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Opening Hymn

"Do You Know Jesus?"


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DO YOU KNOW JESUS?  - Lyrics by Bill McGinnis
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      G7       C Am  G7 C 
      Do  you  know  Je-sus? 
      (C)        Em  G7 C 
      Do  you  know  Je-sus? 
      (C)      Am    G7 C 
      Do  you  know  Je-sus, 
      (C)                Am       Dm G7 
      And  the  won-der  of  His  love? 
     (G7)      C Am  G7 C 
      Yes,  I  know  Je-sus! 
      (C)        Em  G7 C 
      Yes,  I  know  Je-sus! 
      (C)     Am    G7 C 
      Yes, I  know  Je-sus, 
      (C)       Dm       G7       C 
      And  the  won-der  of  His  love! 

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             O Lord, we come together in Your name,
             And as You promised, we know You are here.
             We now invite You to reveal Yourself,
             And share with us Your presence, openly,
             In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.

Declaration Of Faith

The Apostles' Creed
   This historic affirmation of faith comes to us from the early
   centuries of the Christian church.
      I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
      Maker of heaven and earth:
      And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
      Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost;
      Born of the Virgin Mary,
      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      Was crucified, dead, and buried;
      He descended into hell;
      The third day he rose again from the dead;
      He ascended into heaven
      And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
      From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
      I believe in the Holy Ghost;
      The holy catholic church;     *
      The communion of saints;
      The forgiveness of sins;
      The resurrection of the body;
      And the life everlasting.
                * Note: "catholic church" here means the entire body of
                  believers in Christ, not just one particular church.

Reading Of The Scriptures

This week, we have two topics: the Ascension of Jesus, and the Annunciation of Mary, the universal mother of humanity.

The Ascension Of Jesus

Acts 1:1-11
1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus
   began both to do and teach,
   1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after he through the Holy
   Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
   1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many
   infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the
   things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
   1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they
   should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the
   Father, which, says he, you have heard of me.
   1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with
   the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
   1:6 When they therefore had come together, they asked of him, saying,
   Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
   1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the
   seasons, which the Father has put in his own power.
   1:8 But you shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon
   you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all
   Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
   1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was
   taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
   1:10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up,
   behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
   1:11 Which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into
   heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall
   so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven.
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The Annunciation Of Mary, The Universal Mother Of Humanity

Luke 1:26-38
1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a
   city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
   1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house
   of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
   1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, you that are
   highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women.
   1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in
   her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
   1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found
   favor with God.
   1:31 And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a
   son, and shall call his name JESUS.
   1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:
   and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
   1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his
   kingdom there shall be no end.
   1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know
   not a man?
   1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall
   come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you:
   therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be
   called the Son of God.
   1:36 And, behold, your cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son
   in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called
   1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
   1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me
   according to your word. And the angel departed from her.
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Guest Hymn From Another Website

"Blessed Assurance"

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A Message From Pope John Paul II Concerning Mary, Mother Of Humanity

     "Jesus also gives his Mother to you so that
      she will comfort you with her tenderness."

               John Paul II 
NOTE: Holy Spirit tells me not to tamper with this message, but rather to copy it intact.

"Behold, your mother!"
Behold, Your Mother 
"Behold, your mother!" (Jn 19,27) 
My dear young people! 
1. It always gives me great joy to address a special message to you on the 
occasion of World Youth Day. It is also a way to show you the extent of my 
affection for you. The vivid recollection of my experiences during our 
World Youth Day meetings is impressed on my memory: young people and the 
Pope together, and a large gathering of bishops and priests, all with our 
gaze on Christ, light of the world, invoking him and proclaiming him to 
the entire human family. While I give thanks to God for the witness of 
faith that you have given once again recently in Toronto, I renew the 
invitation I made to you on the banks of Lake Ontario: "the Church today 
looks to you with confidence and expects you to be the people of the 
Beatitudes!" (Exhibition Place, 25 July 2002; ORE, 31 July 2002, p. 6). 
For the 18th World Youth Day that will be celebrated in dioceses all over 
the world, I have chosen a theme related to the Year of the Rosary: 
"Behold, your mother!" (Jn 19,27). Before his death, Jesus entrusted to 
the apostle John what was most precious to him: his Mother, Mary. These 
are the final words of the Redeemer, and therefore they take on a solemn 
nature and could be regarded as his spiritual testimony. 
Mother of God, Mother of humanity
2. The angel Gabriel's words in Nazareth: "Hail, full of grace" (Lk 1,28) 
also cast light on the scene at Calvary. The Annunciation comes at the 
beginning, the Cross signals the fulfilment. At the Annunciation, Mary 
gives human nature to the Son of God within her womb; at the foot of the 
Cross, she welcomes the whole of humanity within her heart in the person 
of John. She was Mother of God from the first moments of the Incarnation, 
and she became the Mother of humanity during the final moments of the life 
of her Son Jesus on earth. She, who was without sin, on Calvary 
"experienced" within her own being the suffering of sin that her Son had 
taken upon himself to save humankind. At the foot of the Cross on which 
was dying the One whom she had conceived at the moment of her "yes" at the 
Annunciation, Mary received, as it were, a "second annunciation": "Woman, 
behold, your son!" (Jn 19,26). 
The Son upon the Cross can pour out his suffering into his Mother's heart. 
Every child who suffers experiences that need. You too, my dear young 
people, are faced with suffering: loneliness, failures and disappointments 
in your personal lives; difficulties in inserting yourselves in the adult 
world and in professional life: the separations and losses in your 
families; the violence of war and the death of the innocent. Know, 
however, that in difficult times, which everyone experiences, you are not 
alone: like John at the foot of the Cross, Jesus also gives his Mother to 
you so that she will comfort you with her tenderness. 
Take Mary into your lives
3. It says in the Gospel that "from that hour the disciple took her to his 
own home (Jn 19,27). This statement, the subject of many commentaries 
since early Christian times, does not simply point out the place where 
John lived. Beyond the material aspect, it evokes the spiritual dimension 
of this welcome and of the new bond established between Mary and John. 
My dear young people, you are more or less the same age as John and you 
have the same desire to be with Jesus. Today, it is you whom Jesus 
expressly asks to receive Mary "into your home" and to welcome her "as one 
of yours"; to learn from her the one who "kept all these things, pondering 
them in her heart" (Lk 2,19) that inner disposition to listen and the 
attitude of humility and generosity that singled her out as God's first 
collaborator in the work of salvation. She will discharge her ministry as 
a mother and train you and mould you until Christ is fully formed in you 
(cf. Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 15). 
Mary, Teacher of the Person of Christ
4. This is why I now wish to repeat the motto of my episcopal and 
pontifical service: "Totus tuus". Throughout my life I have experienced 
the loving and forceful presence of the Mother of Our Lord. Mary 
accompanies me every day in the fulfilment of my mission as Successor of 
Mary is Mother of divine grace, because she is the Mother of the Author of 
grace. Entrust yourselves to her with complete confidence! You will be 
radiant with the beauty of Christ. Open up to the breath of the Spirit, 
and you will become courageous apostles, capable of spreading the fire of 
charity and the light of truth all around you. In Mary's school, you will 
discover the specific commitment that Christ expects of you, and you will 
learn to put Christ first in your lives, and to direct your thoughts and 
actions to him. 
Dear young people, you know that Christianity is not an opinion nor does 
it consist of empty words. Christianity is Christ! It is a Person, a 
Living Person! To meet Jesus, to love him and make him loved: this is the 
Christian vocation. Mary was given to you to help you enter into a more 
authentic and more personal relationship with Jesus. Through her example, 
Mary teaches you to gaze on him with love, for He has loved us first. 
Through her intercession, she forms in you a disciple's heart able to 
listen to her Son, who reveals the face of his Father and the true dignity 
of the human person. 
Make the Rosary a companion so Mary can lead you into the mystery of 
5. On 16 October 2002 I proclaimed the "Year of the Rosary", and I invited 
all the children of the Church to make of this ancient Marian prayer a 
simple and profound exercise in contemplation of the face of Christ. To 
recite the Rosary means to learn to gaze on Jesus with his Mother's eyes, 
and to love Jesus with his Mother's heart. Today, my dear young people, I 
am also, in spirit, handing you the Rosary beads. Through prayer and 
meditation on the mysteries, Mary leads you safely towards her Son! Do not 
be ashamed to recite the Rosary alone, while you walk along the streets to 
school, to the university or to work, or as you commute by public 
transport. Adopt the habit of reciting it among yourselves, in your 
groups, movements and associations. Do not hesitate to suggest that it be 
recited at home by your parents and brothers and sisters, because it 
rekindles and strengthens the bonds between family members. This prayer 
will help you to be strong in your faith, constant in charity, joyful and 
persevering in hope. 
With Mary, the handmaiden of the Lord, you will discover the joy and 
fruitfulness of the hidden life. With her, disciple of the Master, you 
will follow Jesus along the streets of Palestine, becoming witnesses of 
his preaching and his miracles. With her, the sorrowful Mother, you will 
accompany Jesus in his passion and death. With her, Virgin of hope, you 
will welcome the festive Easter proclamation and the priceless gift of the 
Holy Spirit. 
Proclaim Christ in today's society
6. My dear young people, only Jesus knows what is in your hearts and your 
deepest desires. Only He, who has loved you to the end (cf. Jn 13,1), can 
fulfil your aspirations. His are words of eternal life, words that give 
meaning to life. No one apart from Christ can give you true happiness. By 
following the example of Mary, you should know how to give Him your 
unconditional "yes". There is no place in your lives for selfishness or 
laziness. Now more than ever it is crucial that you be "watchers of the 
dawn", the lookouts who announce the light of dawn and the new springtime 
of the Gospel of which the buds can already be seen. Humanity is in urgent 
need of the witness of free and courageous young people who dare to go 
against the tide and proclaim with vigour and enthusiasm their personal 
faith in God, Lord and Saviour. 
You are also aware, my dear friends, that this mission is not easy. It 
becomes absolutely impossible if one counts only on oneself. But "what is 
impossible with men is possible for God" (Lk 18,27; 1,37). 
True disciples of Christ are conscious of their own weakness. For this 
reason they put all their trust in the grace of God and they accept it 
with undivided hearts, convinced that without Him they can do nothing (cf. 
Jn 15,5). What characterises them and distinguishes them from others is 
not their talents or natural gifts. It is their firm determination to 
proceed as followers of Jesus. May you be imitators of them as they were 
of Christ! "May the eyes of your heart be enlightened, that you may know 
what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in 
his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness 
of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great 
might" (Eph 1,18-19). 
Next World Meeting, Cologne 2005
7. My dear young people, the next World Meeting will be held, as you know, 
in Germany in 2005 in the city and diocese of Cologne. The road is still 
long, but the two years that separate us from that appointment can serve 
as a time of intense preparation. To help you on this path, I have chosen 
the following themes for you: 
 2004: 19th World Youth Day: "We wish to see Jesus" (Jn 12,21); 
 2005: 20th World Youth Day: "We have come to worship him" (Mt 2,2). 
Meanwhile, you will meet in your local Church on Palm Sunday: live this 
experience with commitment, in prayer, in attentive listening and joyful 
sharing in these opportunities for "ongoing learning", and showing your 
lively devout faith! Like the Magi, you too should be pilgrims stimulated 
by the desire to find the Messiah and to adore Him! Courageously proclaim 
that Christ, who died and is risen, has vanquished evil and death! 
In these times threatened by violence, hatred and war, you must witness 
that he and he alone can give true peace to the heart of individuals, 
families and peoples on this earth. Commit yourselves to seeking and 
promoting peace, justice and fellowship. Do not forget the words of the 
Gospel: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of 
God" (Mt 5,9). 
As I entrust you to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and Mother 
of the Church, I accompany you with a special Apostolic Blessing, sign of 
my trust and demonstration of my affection for you all. 
From the Vatican, 8 March 2003. 
John Paul II
 L'Osservatore Romano, Editorial and Management Offices, Via del 
Pellegrino, 00120, Vatican City, Europe, Telephone 39/6/698.99.390. 



Lyrics by Edwin Hatch (1835-1889), music is the hymn tune TRENTHAM by Robert Jackson (1842-1914). MIDI sequence by Bill McGinnis, (1943-20xx) Public Domain

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BREATHE ON ME, BREATH OF GOD - by Edwin Hatch (1835-1889)
                                   Public Domain
           Breathe on me, Breath of God,
           Fill me with life anew,
           That I may love what Thou dost love,
           And do what Thou wouldst do.
           Breathe on me, Breath of God,
           Until my heart is pure,
           Until my will is one with Thine,
           To do and to endure.
           Breathe on me, Breath of God,
           Till I am wholly Thine,
           Until this earthly part of me
           Glows with Thy fire divine.
           Breathe on me, Breath of God,
           So shall I never die,
           But live with Thee the perfect life
           Of Thine eternity.
Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord,

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"Take This Day And Live It For The Lord"
                    Take this day, and live it for the Lord;
                    In everything you do, give praise to Him.
                    The Lord is mighty, merciful and just.
                    He gives us all the strength we ever need.
                    We have no reason ever to complain,
                    For we are His, and He is in control.

Prayer For You

"I Pray That You Will Take The Time Today"
NOTE: When you read this prayer, try to imagine my voice as I
      speak it to you.  In this way, the prayer is reactivated,
      and it is the same as if I were actually praying for you
      at that moment.
       I pray that you will take the time today
       To open up your eyes, and clearly see
       And open up your heart, and surely feel
       And open up your mind, and understand
       Your place within the Universe of God.
       For He created you, and not yourself;
       And He created others, just like you,
       With needs and feelings just the same as yours.
       They may seem insignificant to you,
       But God may love them more than He loves you!
       And if you love them as you love yourself,
       Then He will love you greatly in return.
       But if you treat them harshly, with contempt,
       Then He will treat you harshly in return.
       For this is Justice, clear as it can get:
       "You will receive exactly as you give."
       The Lord is not impressed with who you are.
       In fact, He hates the arrogant and proud.
       The boastful warrior with a mighty sword
       Will surely fall and surely turn to dust.
       In Jesus' name I pray for you today.
          by Rev. Bill McGinnis, Public Domain


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Closing Hymn

"When Jesus Comes Into Your Heart"

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Words, Music, Arrangement and MIDI sequence by Bill McGinnis, 1995, Public Domain.

                  "When Jesus Comes Into Your Heart"
                 1. When Jesus comes into your heart,
                    What a wonderful joy you will find!
                       Your burdens He bears, 
                       Your sorrows He shares,
                    He comforts your soul and your mind.
                       Chorus: When Jesus, when Jesus,
                               When Jesus comes into your heart.
                               When Jesus, when Jesus,
                               When Jesus comes into your heart.
                 2. When Jesus comes into your heart,       
                    All your doubt and despair will be gone!
                       He leads you to see
                       The way you should be,
                    He shows you the path to go on.
                3. I want my dear Savior to be
                   Together forever with me.
                      I want Him to stay
                      And show me the way
                   From here to eternity.
                by William E. McGinnis, 1995
                      Public Domain
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      "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in
       all ways. The Lord be with you all." (2 Thessalonians 3:16 RSV)

Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord!

This worship service is now completed. Go in peace.

Rev. Bill McGinnis

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