Ascension Resource Guide

A helpful planning and resource guide for Ascension Day.

Ascension II © Jan Richardson.

Worship Celebrating Christ's Ascension

Ascension Day is the crowning event of the ministry of our Lord.  On the fortieth day after Easter, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with his disciples and ascended to heaven before their eyes (Acts 1:1-12).

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. His 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.

Some churches observe Ascension Day with a service on that Thursday. Others observe Jesus’ ascension on the preceding or following Sunday. As during the celebration of Easter, the liturgical colors are white and gold.

 (adapted from The Worship Sourcebook)

Story about Reclaiming the Promise of Ascension

Featured Resources

The Worship Sourcebook

Part O of The Worship Sourcebook Second Edition, pp. 661-678, offers sample prayers and other worship resources for each act of worship celebrating Christ’s Ascension; Part P of The Worship Sourcebook Second Edition, pp. 679-691, focuses on Christ the King. These resources include suggestions for the Call to Worship, Opening Responses, Confession and Assurance, Prayers for Illumination, the Lord's Supper, and Blessing/Benediction.

Reformed Worship magazine

Browse all Ascension resources from our ministry partner, Reformed Worship magazine.

Coop's Column

Read about Christ's Ascension in Coop's Column.

Center for Excellence in Preaching

Browse resources related to the Ascension from our ministry partner, Center for Excellence in Preaching

Ascension Conference: “With a Shout”

Peruse the first plenary session from "With a Shout," a day-long conference held in 2006 exploring the meaning of the Ascension Day which culminated in a community worship service at Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church. The conference and service were co-sponsored by the Dean of the Chapel, Calvin College and the Center for Excellence in Preaching. The above-linked plenary page includes further links to almost all of the conference proceedings.