Sunday, 26th May, 2019 – Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs.

Altar Colour: White

Orders of service

You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.
Easter Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
Service orders with holy communion

Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ ppt)


The following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading:
Based on John 14 Gospel: Edited for Lay Reading_Pr Vince Gerhardysermon – john 14 25-29 – year c – easter6Pr Vince Gerhardysermon – john 14 23-29 – year c – easter6
Based on John 5 Gospel: Sermon for Easter 6C_Pr Tim Ebbs


Opening Sentences

The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city (Alleluia),
and his servants will worship him (Alleluia);
they will see his face (Alleluia),
and his name will be on their foreheads (Alleluia). 
(Rev 22:3b,4 NRSV)


Christ is risen! [Alleluia!]
He is risen indeed! [Alleluia!]


Christ has trampled down death by his death. [Alleluia!]
And to us he has given eternal life. [Alleluia!]

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following:
O God, the giver of all good things,
inspire us, your humble servants,
to think what is right,
and guide us to do it;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional
Lord God, the giver of all good things,
inspire us to think what is right
and guide us to do it.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, alternative
(Let us pray for the fruit of the Spirit. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
you send your Holy Spirit
to be the light and life of all your people.
Open our hearts to receive his riches,
so that we may produce the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray that we love one another. [silence])
Jesus, our loving friend and Saviour,
you have promised to give us your Spirit
to be with us forever.
Stay within our hearts,
so that we love one another
as you have loved us.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address: Easter 6C

Bible Readings

First Reading: Acts 16:9-15 Paul takes the good news to Philippi
Psalm: Psalm 67 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
Second Reading: Revelation 21:10,22 – 22:5 The new Jerusalem
Gospel: John 14:23-29 “I am going to the father” OR John 5:1-9 Jesus heals a man at the pool

Printable Formatted Readings
Notes on the Readings

Prayer after the Gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).

EITHER (John 14)
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for sending your promised Holy Spirit.
May the Spirit keep us close to you and the Father forever.

OR (John 5)
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for your compassion and healing.
Have mercy on us and make us well.

Offering Prayer
Lord, you have made us yours
and have given us your Spirit to live in us.
Help us to live as your people.
Use us and what you have given us
to do your work among others.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Easter 6C

Additional Prayer Points

Visit the LCA International Mission website to access their prayer points, which you may like to include in the Prayer of the Church, or in your bulletin.

Resources For Services With Holy Communion

It is indeed right and good,
Lord God, holy Father,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
But most of all we praise you
for the glorious resurrection of your Son,
the true Passover Lamb,
who has taken away the sin of the world.
By his death he has destroyed death,
and by his rising again he has restored life.
And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter
and all the other witnesses of the resurrection,
with earth and sea and all their creatures,
and with angels and archangels,
cherubim and seraphim,
we adore and praise your glorious name:

Communion Invitation
Jesus says: ‘Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.’
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.

Prayer After Communion
Heavenly Father,
you gave your Son to die and raised him to give us eternal life.
Grant that we who have received his body and blood
may live in him and serve you as your children.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows:

Almighty and merciful God,
by the gift we have received in this sacrament,
may we produce the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Seasonal Blessing
This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.
(May) the God of peace,
who raised from the dead our Lord Jesus,
provide you with every good thing you need
in order to do his will; . . .

Go in peace. Walk in the light of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.


River and Tree of Life

The second half of the second reading from Revelation (22:1-5) is full of strong visual images that could be recreated as the reading is read. As this part of the reading is read, a length of blue cloth could be unrolled down the aisle, leading to the altar or cross. Twelve children (one for each month) could stand either side of the cloth, carrying branches or stylised cutout leaves and fruit.

You can access excellent examples of church art relevant to each season of the Church year, curated by the Department of Visual Arts.

Easter Season PPT Slides (Widescreen)  General Use/Traditional / Modern
Easter Season PPT Slides (Standard) General Use /Traditional/Modern
Simply download your preferred slides and copy the liturgy and songs into each slide.

Other visual art resources
There are some great sites which have good quality ppt slides and images which you may find helpful:


‘Mega Drama’

See a drama for the day in Mega Drama  resources (Openbook Publishers), originally included in these worship resources when they were released on disks.

 Dramatising the readings

The readings can be read by more than one person to make the dramatic meaning of the text clearer. For instance, the first reading could be read by three readers: narrator, man of Macedonia, and Lydia; and the second alternative gospel could be read by three readers: narrator (the pastor), Jesus, and the sick man.

Play scripts and scores for a range of skits may be downloaded at a small cost from Our Saviour Lutheran Church Aberfoyle Park. There are a number of websites where you can source good quality short films for use in worship service, including: The Skit Guys


Song/Hymn suggestions
* = Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . = Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS = Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
First reading: Acts 16:9-15

227    O Spirit of the living God G5
498    Lord, open Thou my heart to hear G5
500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5


357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord


405    O Spirit of the living God
437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
568    O for a heart to praise my God

Second reading: Revelation 21: 10,22 – 22:5

187    Glorious things of thee are spoken G9
210    Thy word, O God, declareth* G5
251    Only begotten, Word of God eternal* G6
276    Dearest Jesus, we are here* G5 (baptism)
484    Blessed are the heirs of heaven G6
506    Jesus, where’er Thy people meet G5
507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3


315    Drawn to the light
453    The world is waiting


394    Christ is risen! Shout hosanna
445    Jesus, where’er your people meet
446    Glorious things of you are spoken
480    Dearest Jesus, we are here (baptism)
643    I want to walk as a child of the light

Gospel(a): John 14:23-29

116    Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove* G9
121    Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4
122    O Holy Ghost, Thou gift divine* G4
128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
129    Breathe on me, breath of God G5
178    Dearest Saviour, hear my promise G3
188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5
508    Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing*
513    Peace to soothe all grief and woe G5
803    Peace with the Father G7


184    Love is the law
240    My peace I give
264    Spirit of God
406    Peace
487    Make your home in me
496    Don’t be afraid
498    We will take what you offer


185    Alleluia (v 6)
399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
407    Breathe on me, breath of God
413    Holy Spirit, come confirm us
426    Spirit of truth, essential God
434    Where there is charity and love
437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
466    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son
509    Come now, everlasting Spirit (holy communion)
529    By your priestly power, O risen Lord
601    O Master, let me walk with thee
713    Dona nobis pacem
778    Shalom to you now

Gospel(b): John 5:1-9

159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
241    Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old G8
242    Thou to whom the sick and dying (alt tune 157) G4
547    At even when the sun was set G6
821    Where cross the crowded ways of life G7



210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
236    Jesus’ hands were kind hands
608    Where cross the crowded ways of life

LH 216, May God bestow on us his grace, is a paraphrase by Luther of Psalm 67, although the traditional tune is difficult for congregations to sing. TIS 37, our God, be gracious unto us, is also a paraphrase of this psalm.

The following paraphrase by David Schütz may be sung to the tune at ATO 331. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

God be gracious and bless us,
make your face shine upon us,
then the earth will know your way,
nations know your saving.

Let the peoples praise you, God;
all humanity praise you.
Let the nations all rejoice,
let them sing with gladness.

You guide every race on earth,
and you judge us with justice.
Let the peoples praise you, God;
all the peoples praise you.

Earth has yielded its reward,
God, our own God, has blessed us.
May God bless us always and
all the earth revere him.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 67 p110 , Psalm 67 p111 , Psalm 67 p112

While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.
Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
Metrical Psalms
by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

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