Sunday 20 May, 2012- Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday.  The Ascension of our Lord could also be observed on this day. 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 1:15-17, 21-26 Matthias chosen to replace Judas
    PSALM Psalm 1*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 John 5:9-13 God’s testimony about his Son
    GOSPEL John 17:6-19 Jesus prays for his disciples
    The Ascension of our Lord
    FIRST READING: Acts 1:1-11 Jesus’ ascension, promise and commission
    PSALM: Psalm 47 OR 93 *For musical settings of these Psalms, 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
  • 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 David Christian
    Based on Psalm 1: edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 1 – year b – easter 7
    Based on Ascension readings: Pr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • 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
    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.

    Ascension Day
    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.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Easter 7B , Ascension Day Litany
  • Offering Prayer:
    God of comfort,
    your Son prayed for his followers in the world,
    that they might be one.
    Use us and what you have given us
    to serve you and one another.
    Amen.

    Ascension Day
    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.

  • 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 1:15-17,21-26
    LHS

    339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
    AT
    207    The Call
    TIS
    609    May the mind of Christ my Saviour

    Second reading: 1 John 5:9-13
    LHS

    179    Christ alone is our salvation * G3
    748    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came* G7
    763    Now is eternal life (alt tune 176, G9)
    AT
    244    We have seen the Word of life
    TIS
    335    To Christ, the Prince of peace
    385    Now is eternal life
    632    In great thanksgiving

    Gospel: John 17:6-19
    LHS

    169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
    181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
    193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide* G9
    197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
    199    Christ, Thou strong guardian* G9
    260    Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide* G3
    385    With all my heart I love Thee, Lord* G7
    411    If God be my defender* G3
    531    O Christ, who art the light and day
    823    Your strong word broke through the darkness (esp v 3) G5
    845    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands G5 (post-communion)
    AT
    93    Pass my love around
    185    Jesus, Son of God and man
    244    We have seen the Word of life
    TIS
    378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
    436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
    496    Strengthen for service Lord, the hands
    551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus

    Ascension Day
    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
    576    Bless us Lord (benediction)
    TIS
    207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
    404    Lord God, the Spirit blest
    450    Spread, O spread, almighty word

    PSALM 1
    The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 1 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Ellers (LH 514). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Happy are they whose love is in God’s law,
    those who do not walk in ungodly ways,
    those who don’t stand among the sinful crowd,
    those who refuse to sit with those who scoff.

    They meditate on God’s law day and night.
    They are like trees that grow beside a stream;
    they will bear fruit at every harvest time,
    they will not die, but thrive in all they do.

    But the ungodly – they are not like this!
    They are like chaff that scatters in the wind.
    They cannot stand before the Lord their judge
    in the assembly of God’s righteous ones.

    All those will perish who walk in the path
    of the ungodly, following their way.
    But the Lord knows the way of all his saints,
    who love his law and live in righteousness.

    PSALM 47
    The song ‘Clap your hands’, by Jimmy Owens (ATA 166), is based on Psalm 47:1.

    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 1 p1 , Psalm 1 p2 , Psalm 1 p3 , Psalm 1 p4 , Psalm 47 p82 , Psalm 47 p83 , Psalm 47 p84 , Psalm 93 p154 , Psalm 93 p155

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