Sunday, 2 June 2019 – Seventh Sunday of Easter/Ascension Day, Year C

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You may choose to observe the Ascension of our Lord on this Sunday- please see the alternative readings below.

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)

Bible readings

For Easter 7:
First Reading:  Acts 16:16-34 Paul and Silas in prison
Psalm: Psalm 97 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
Second Reading: Revelation 22:12-14, 16, 17, 20, 21 Jesus is coming soon
Gospel: John 17:20-26 Jesus prays for all believers

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings

OR

For Ascension:
First Reading: Acts 1:1-11 Jesus ascension, promise and commission
Psalm: Psalm 47 OR Psalm 110 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23 Christ is the supreme Lord over all things
Gospel: Luke 24:44-53 Jesus commissions and blesses the disciples

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings

Sermons

Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading.

For Easter 7:
Based on first reading: Sermon for 7C_Pr Adrian Kitson ;
Based on first and second reading: Sermon for Easter 7C_Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on Gospel:  Sermon for Easter 7C_Pr Tim EbbsSermon for Easter 7C_Pr Joshua Pfeiffer

OR

For Ascension:
Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 1 6-11 – year c – ascension
Based on second reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ;
Gospel: Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 24 44-53 – year c – easter7 ;
Based on all three readings: Sermon for Ascension_Pr Joshua Pfeiffer

Liturgy

Opening Sentences

Easter 7
Jesus said: ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega (Alleluia),
the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’ (Alleluia)  (Rev 22:13 NRSV)

OR

The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ (Alleluia)
And let everyone who hears say, ‘Come.’ (Alleluia)
And let everyone who is thirsty come. (Alleluia)
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift (Alleluia).  (Rev 22:17 NRSV)

Ascension
God raised Christ from the dead, Alleluia!
and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places. Alleluia!  (Eph 1:20 NRSV)

OR

When Christ ascended on high,
he made captivity itself a captive.
He ascended higher than the heavens,
in order to fill the whole universe.  (Eph 4:8a,10b composite)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following:

Easter 7

Traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
grant that we may always have a will devoted to you,
and serve you as our king with a pure heart;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
help us always
willingly to serve you as our king,
with a pure heart.
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.
Amen.

OR, new (revised alternative)
(Let us pray for the unity of the Holy Spirit. [silence)]
Holy Father,
your Son prayed for his disciples
that they would be one,
as you and he are one.
Keep your whole church harmoniously together
in faith and love,
united by the one Spirit.
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.
Amen.

For Ascension
Traditional
Almighty God,
grant that we who believe
in the ascension of your Son, our Lord,
into heaven
may also there ascend in heart and mind,
and dwell with him forever;
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty God,
we believe in your Son, our Lord,
who ascended into heaven.
Lead us also to ascend there in heart and mind,
and take us to live with him forever.
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.
Amen.

OR, new (revised alternative)
(Let us pray that Christ will rule over all. [silence])
Thank you, eternal Father,
that your Son Jesus ascended to your right hand,
to rule over all things as Lord.
Keep your church in the unity
that the Spirit gives,
and bring all creation
to submit to Christ as Lord.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Children’s Address, Ascension OR Children’s Address, Easter 7C

Prayer after the Gospel

Easter 7

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us and making us yours.
May we and all believers be one,
as you and the Father are one.
Amen.

Ascension

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
Lord Jesus Christ,
thank you for fulfilling the Scriptures and returning to the Father.
Fill us with the joy of your continual presence.
Amen.

Offering Prayer

Easter 7

God of comfort,
your Son prayed that we may be one.
Use us and what you have given us
to serve you and one another.
Amen.

Ascension

Living God, your Son Jesus Christ
at his ascension gave gifts to his church.
Lead us, as members of his body on earth,
to use the gifts we have received
to do your will.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Easter 7C

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

Preface

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.
After his resurrection he appeared openly to his disciples,
and before their very eyes was taken up into heaven,
so that by your grace we may share in his divine nature.
And so, with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we adore and praise your glorious name:

Communion Invitation

Jesus says: ‘When I am lifted up from the earth,
I will draw everyone to me.’
(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.
Amen.

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

Easter 7
Holy Father,
your Son prayed for his disciples
that they would be one,
as you and he are one.
As we have eaten of the one bread,
and drunk from the one cup,
keep your whole church harmoniously together
in faith and love,
united by the one Spirit.
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.
Amen.

Ascension
Eternal Father,
your Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven,
to rule over all things as Lord.
As we have eaten of the one bread,
and drunk from the one cup,
keep your church in the unity
that the Spirit gives,
and bring all creation
to worship at the feet of Christ.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Seasonal Blessing

This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.
(May) Christ our exalted king
pour on you his abundant gifts
and bring you to reign with him in glory; . . .

Dismissal

Go in peace. Live in the love of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

OR

In the name of Christ. Amen.

OR
Go in peace, to witness in the power of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. 

OR 

In the name of Christ. Amen.

VISUAL ARTS

Paschal Candle

In the old one-year lectionary, when the Sundays of Easter were called Sundays after Easter, and the Seventh Sunday of Easter was the Sunday after the Ascension, it was customary to extinguish the paschal candle after the gospel at Ascension. Because the emphasis of the new lectionary is on the whole seven weeks as a celebration of the presence of the risen Christ, it is more appropriate to leave the candle burning at the services of all seven Sundays of Easter.

Ascension Banner – Symbols

Make a poster or banner of the Ascension using images of Christ’s kingship, such as a crown, sceptre, or even palm branches (the theme of Palm Sunday is very similar to the theme of the Ascension). Other symbols sometimes used for the Ascension are an eagle, Elijah’s fiery chariot, and a raised hand of blessing. The Ascension banner could be displayed until Pentecost. It may replace an Easter banner in order to show that a new phase of the Easter celebrations has arrived.

 Flowers

A tall thin arrangement in mainly white could be displayed, with perhaps a crown on top.

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 SlideGeneral Use/Traditional / Modern
PPT Slides formatted for older versions of PPT: 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:

DRAMA

‘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 Easter 7, the first reading could be read by five readers: narrator, slave girl, Paul, slave owner, and jailer; and the second reading could be read by two readers: the narrator and Jesus.For Ascension, the first reading from Acts could be read by four readers: narrator, Jesus, disciple, angel.

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

MUSIC AND SONG

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

For Easter 7

First reading: Acts 16:16-34
LHS

139    We all believe in one true God*
142    We all believe in one true God* G3
407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6
411    If God be my defender (esp v 5)* G3

AT

155    We believe
362    I believe, I do
384    If we will trust in God to guide us
455    All this I believe

TIS

140    Firmly I believe and truly
435    We all believe in God who made
554    If we will trust in God to guide us
646    God is our song, and every singer blest

Second reading: Revelation 22:12-14,16,17,20,21
LHS

147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3
156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver (esp vv 1,4)* G3
187    Glorious things of thee are spoken G9
210    Thy Word, O God, declareth* G5
306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
308    ‘Come unto Me, ye weary* G6
327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
330    Rock of ages, cleft for me G6
489    Rejoice, rejoice, believers* G4
847    The Lamb’s high banquet called to share G8 (alt tune 839, G7)

AT

137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
220    There’ll be peace
302    Soon and very soon
309    When the Lord returns
315    Drawn to the light
345    Nothing but the blood
453    The world is waiting eagerly

TIS

199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
222    Rock of ages, cleft for me
446    Glorious things of thee are spoken
585    I heard the voice of Jesus say

Gospel: John 17:20-26
LHS

176    We come, O Christ, to Thee G9
239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
510    May the grace of Christ our Saviour G7
783    Christ is the world’s light, he and no other G6
798    Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
800    May we be one GS
803    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son G7

AT

172    May we be one
462    Hand in hand

TIS

179    Praise with joy the world’s creator
246    Christ is the world’s light, he and no other
258    Praise to you, O Christ our Saviour (esp v 4)
434    Where there is charity and love
466    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son
467    We are your people
521    Lord Christ, at your first eucharist you prayed
606    Son of God, eternal Saviour
623    Lord Christ, true peace of all above
631    Father, Lord of all creation
777    May the grace of Christ our Saviour

For Ascension:

First reading: Acts 1:1-11
LHS

90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
106-115, esp:
106    Since Christ is gone to heaven, His home* G3
111    Hail the day that sees Him rise G5
112    Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3
113    Crown Him with many crowns G5
114    See the Conqueror mounts in triumph G4
115    Rejoice, the Lord is King
285    To Thy most holy supper, Lord * G5
761    Christ is alive! Let Christians sing G3
771    Hallelujah! sing to Jesus G3
782    At the name of Jesus G7
788    Lord, who left the highest heaven G8
843    Saviour, to the Father’s side (holy communion)

AT

26    He is Lord
161    Majesty
162    King of kings and Lord of lords
163    Hymn of glory
166    Clap your hands, all you people
226    All is nearness
252    He is exalted
257    Jesus is living
370    You are glorious

TIS

185     Alleluia (v 5)
192    Christ is the world’s redeemer
216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
228    Crown him with many crowns
231    At the name of Jesus
365    Christ the Lord is risen again
369    Hail the day that sees him rise
373    Hail, our once despised Jesus
387    Christ is alive! Let Christians sing
415    Praise the Spirit in creation
517    Hallelujah! sing to Jesus
520    Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (holy communion)

Second reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
In addition to those suggested for the first reading:
LHS

169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5

AT

TIS

212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
224    All hail the power of Jesus’ name
237    Hail Redeemer! King divine
371    God is gone up on high
378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
685    Lord, I come to you (The power of your love)

Gospel: Luke 24:44-53
In addition to those suggested for the first reading:
LHS

219    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun G3
221    Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word* G5

AT

103    Send your servant down the road

TIS

207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
404    Lord God, the Spirit blest
450    Spread, O spread, almighty word

PSALM 97
The following metrical paraphrase by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Nun danket all (LH 99). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

The Lord is king! Let earth rejoice,
let every shore be glad!
His throne is based on righteousness,
his word is fair and just.

Thick clouds and darkness cover him,
and lightning flashes forth;
his fire will cause the world to fear
and lighten all the earth.

Before the Lord of all the earth
the mountains melt and fall.
The heav’ns proclaim his righteousness,
his power is seen by all.

For all false gods bow down to him,
and all who worship them.
But Judah and Jerusalem
are glad to hear his word.

For you are high above all gods,
and high above the earth.
The Lord will guard his people’s lives,
the faithful whom he loves.

A new light dawns for all the just,
and joy fills upright hearts.
Rejoice, you righteous, in the Lord,
and give thanks to his name.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 97 p161 , Psalm 97 p162

Psalm 47
TIS 29, Clap your hands all you nations, is a paraphrase of the psalm. The song ‘Clap your hands’, by Jimmy Owens (ATA 166), is based on Psalm 47:1.

The Iona collection Psalms of Patience, Protest and Praise contains a metrical version of Psalm 47 that could be used on this day (page 24). Note that the Iona Community is willing to allow a church or worship assembly to reproduce the words only of a song from these publications on a service sheet or overhead transparency that is to be used once only on a non-commercial basis, provided that the title of the song and the name of the copyright holder is clearly shown.

The following metrical version of Psalm 47 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Aus meines Herzens Grunde (LH 107). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

O clap your hands, all peoples
and shout to God with joy.
The Lord Most High is awesome,
the King of all the earth.
He gives us victory,
and puts us over nations.
He chose a good land for us,
for Jacob, whom he loves.

See now, our God ascending
upon his throne with shouts!
See how our Lord arises
to heaven with trumpet blast!
Sing praises to our God.
Sing praises, O sing praises,
to God, the king of nations,
sing praises with a psalm.

Our God rules over nations
upon his holy throne.
The leaders of the peoples,
now gather all around,
with all God’s holy saints
who own the God of Abram.
Their forces are surrendered,
and God is Lord of all.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings:Psalm 47 p82 , Psalm 47 p83 , Psalm 47 p84

OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC

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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