Sunday 5 May, 2013- 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. 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 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
  • 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 John 14 gospel: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 14 25-29 – year c – easter6
    Based on John 5 gospel: Pr Peter Ghalayini
  • 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
    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Easter 6C
  • 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.
    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 16:9-15
    LHS

    227    O Spirit of the living God G5
    498    Lord, open Thou my heart to hear G5
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5
    AT
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    TIS
    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
    LHS

    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
    AT
    315    Drawn to the light
    453    The world is waiting
    TIS
    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
    LHS

    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
    AT
    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
    TIS
    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
    LHS

    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
    AT

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

    PSALM 67
    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

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