Ascension day – Rick asks God that our hearts and minds may ascend to heaven and live there forever. Rick reminds us Christ Jesus is exalted at the right hand of God and asks that he hear us as we pray for the church throughout the world. Rick prays that God make us receptive to the gifts we are given and that we may use them to Christ’s glory. We pray for the world Christ came to redeem – grant that we never stop praying for peace and may we ceaselessly seek reconciliation of all people. Rick prays God will hear us as we pray for those we love and for people in need. Make us joyful and accept that we too go forward with Christ today and within us the fire of Jesus’ love is kindled.