Sunday 13 May, 2012- Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

Mother’s Day

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Some resources for Mother’s Day can also be found below. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. 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.

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Acts 10:44-48 The Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit
    PSALM Psalm 98*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 John 5:1-6 Faith gives us victory over the world
    GOSPEL John 15:9-17 Jesus calls us his friends
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon

    Based on gospel : Pr Tim Stringer ; Pr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 10 44-48 – year b – easter 6
  • Orders of service:
    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)
  • 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.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Easter 6B
  • Offering Prayer:
    Thank you, heavenly Father,
    for showing us your love in your Son Jesus,
    and for making us his friends.
    Help us to love you and obey your commands,
    and to love one another.
    Teach us to accept and serve others
    as you have accepted and served us.
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to download the text file) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Acts 10:44-48

    277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4
    279    He that believes and is baptized* (alt tune 106, G3)
    826    Father welcomes all his children GS
    4    Father welcomes all his children
    479    They that believe and are baptized
    481    Baptized into your name most holy
    491    Father welcomes all his childrenSecond reading: 1 John 5:1-6

    142    We all believe in one true God* G3
    321    Faith is a living power from heaven* G5
    323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
    324    Salvation unto us has come* G5(vv 1,5,6 original, vv 1,4,5 revised)
    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    763    Now is eternal life (alt tune 176, G9)
    68    This is my commandment
    155    We believe
    177    Love one another
    257    Jesus is living, he is here now among us
    301    May the Father of love
    455    All this I believe
    463   Goodness is stronger than evil
    195    Salvation now to us has come (vv 1,4,5)
    257    Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
    385    Now is eternal life
    435    We all believe in God who made
    563    Let him to whom we now belong

    Gospel: John 15:9-17

    62    My song is love unknown (vv 1,2,5) G5 (alt tune A8, G8)
    103    I know that my Redeemer lives* G3
    165    One there is,  above all others* G8
    193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide * G9
    334    Lord, ’tis not that I did choose Thee* G3
    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    68    This is my commandment
    177    Love one another
    553   Jesus, my Lord and my friend
    248    When Christ was lifted from the earth
    251    Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
    257    Alleluia (v 5)
    341    My song is love unknown (vv 1,2,7)
    376    I know that my Redeemer lives
    394    Christ is risen! Shout hosanna
    439    What shall we offer our good Lord
    534    Love is his word, love is his way (vv 1,5,6)
    641    This is my will, my one command
    656    Jesus, my Lord

    PSALM 98
    The chorus of ‘Sing a new song unto the Lord’ (ATA 150) by Dan Schutte is based on Psalm 98. The song could be used for the psalm, although the verses are not really a translation of the psalm itself.

    The following paraphrase of Psalm 98 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Wir pflügen (‘We plough the fields and scatter’, LH 563, TIS 130). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Sing to the Lord a new song,
    great wonders he has done!
    For he has shown the victory
    his mighty power has won.
    The ends of earth have all seen
    the saving acts of God.
    Let all the earth shout praises;
    ring out your song with joy!

    Sing the Lord a new song,
    from earth to heaven above:
    ‘Alleluia, alleluia,

    Sing psalms and play the harp, and
    with music praise the Lord!
    Come, blow the trumpet! Sound the horn!
    Acclaim the Lord your King!
    Let seas and all that fills them,
    with earth rise up and roar,
    let rivers clap their hands, and
    let hills ring out their joy!

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 98 p163 , Psalm 98 p164 , Psalm 98 p165

  • Resources for Mother’s Day
    One of the following petitions may be included in the prayer of the church:

    We thank you for adopting us into your family through the miracle of baptism, and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other through Jesus, the only Son of God.
    Today, loving Father, we pray for our mothers:
    *    who cared for us when we were helpless
    *    who comforted us when we were hurt
    *    whose love and care we usually took for granted, as we often take your love for granted
    Today we pray for:
    *    those who are grieving the loss of their mother, maybe even years after they were separated
    *    those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her
    *    those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother’s love
    *    the families separated in the wars in ___. Lord, give them special blessings.
    Keep us united with Christ, so that we can love in the way he loves us and all people.
    We ask this for Jesus’ sake.

    Loving Father in heaven,
    we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us,
    whose love is so precious that it can never be measured in dollars and cents,
    whose time does not seem to be measured in the hours they put in per week,
    whose patience seems to have no end and can even seem to stretch past breaking point.
    May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them.
    We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love, or time, or patience,
    and ask you to bless them with your own special love and the gifts of more time and more patience.
    And we pray for children and fathers, that they may appreciate, love and support their mothers and wives.
    We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord and brother.

    God our Father, we pray:
    for new mothers, coming to terms with both the joys and demands of motherhood;
    for pregnant mothers, expectant and wondering, or fearful;
    for those mothers who are tired, stressed, ill or depressed;
    for those who struggle to balance the demands of work and children;
    for those who have to struggle with difficult decisions about whether or not to become a mother or to have another child;
    for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
    for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
    for those who have children they do not want;
    for those who raise children on their own;
    for those who have lost a child through death or abortion;
    for those who care for the children of others;
    for those whose children have left home;
    for those whose children have rejected their love;
    and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
    Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,
    and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good, living not for themselves, but for God and for others.

    The following family hymns and songs may be used for Mother’s Day:
    588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available)
    589    O blessed home where man and wife
    141    Mary’s child
    212    Hush now (This lullaby speaks of God’s parenting love)
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

    The following hymn was written by Delores Jenson (alt. by David Schütz). It may be sung to the tune Hyfrydol (LHS 164).

    God gave mothers to protect us,
    and to guide us in love’s way.
    They were with us from our cradle,
    teaching us to watch and pray.
    Precious Saviour, bless our mothers;
    or our mothers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who gave us love so free.

    As we grew they stayed beside us,
    listening, loving constantly.
    They spoke to us words of wisdom,
    though, at times, so hard to see.
    Precious Saviour, bless our mothers;
    or our mothers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who taught us how to be.

    (This verse may be sung by mothers who are present)
    Now as mothers, Lord, we ask you
    be our helper and our guide.
    Give us courage, bless our efforts,
    let us live love deep and wide.
    Precious Saviour, keep us faithful,
    teaching, leading, loving, true.
    Precious Saviour, thanks for children;
    they are precious to you too.

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