Ascension Worship Songs

Q: My pastor has just asked me to put together a few songs for Ascension Sunday. Ummm, what is it?

A: Don’t worry. We’ve got your back.

First up, calling it Ascension Sunday isn’t technically correct. We celebrate Ascension as a reminder of the time when Jesus took his disciples to the Mount of Olives and returned to heaven. Acts 1 is clear that this took place forty days after Jesus’ resurrection. So Ascension Day has traditionally been celebrated on a Thursday. But, you know, we’re all a bit busy these days, so many churches have bumped the celebration to Sunday instead.

Here’s a little extra info:

  • This year Ascension Day is May 30th. It marks the end of the Easter season and takes place ten days before Pentecost
  • It was a pivotal moment for the disciples. Much like the resurrection or Pentecost, it was one of those lightbulb moments when they suddenly saw things more clearly.
  • With Jesus now ascended to heaven and seated at the Father's right hand, it marked the complete and final payment for sin that his life, death and resurrection had made.

So what does all this mean for you when you start planning your worship set (regardless of whether you’re celebrating on a Thursday or Sunday)? What themes should you look for in an Ascension song?

  • Jesus praying for us
  • Our access to the Father
  • Jesus being on the throne
  • Jesus as head of the church
  • Joy - the 100% proof variety that the disciples experienced on the Mount of Olives
  • Hope - we remember that Jesus is in his rightful place
  • Mission - we remember the moment the baton finally passed to us

Because we like you, we’ve got a great list of songs for you to choose from here.

May you have fun as you prep this one. May you gain fresh excitement, insight and passion for the truth that Ascension reminds us of. And may the people you worship with be united in their celebration of the glorious, risen King.

He Is Alive
LIFE Worship

Covenant Worship

In Christ Alone
Stuart Townend & Keith Getty

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