Sunday 18 May, 2014 – Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A

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 7:55-60 The death of Stephen
    PSALM Psalm 31:1-5,15,16*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Peter 2:2-10 God’s chosen people, a royal priesthood
    GOSPEL John 14:1-14 Jesus the way to the Father
  • 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 second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – 1 peter 2 9 – year a – easter 5
  • 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,
    since you make the minds of the faithful
    to be of one will:
    Grant that your people
    may love what you command
    and desire what you promise,
    that among the many changes of this world
    our hearts may there be fixed
    where true joys are to be found;
    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,
    you make the minds of the faithful
    to be of one will.
    Lead us to love what you command
    and desire what you promise,
    so that, among the changes of this world,
    our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found.
    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 that we may remain in Christ. [silence])
    Loving heavenly Father,
    you sent your Son Jesus Christ
    to reconcile the world to yourself.
    Strengthen our faith,
    so that we remain united with him
    and bear the fruit of love.
    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 others. [silence])
    Merciful Father,
    you have reached out to all people
    through your Son Jesus,
    who died for us all.
    Encourage us to live as your chosen people
    and give of ourselves to others.
    We ask this through Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

  • Prayer after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
    Lord Jesus,
    thank you for being the way to the Father for us.
    Help us always to believe in you.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, kind and loving God,
    for choosing us to be your own holy people.
    Make us more and more like Jesus,
    giving of ourselves to serve you and others.
    Use our gifts to build up your kingdom.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Easter 5A
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • 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 7:55-60
    LHS

    99    Welcome, Thou Victor in the strife* G6
    158    Jesus, lover of my soul G4
    632    Once in Royal David’s city
    (though a Christmas hymn, vv 3,4 fit this reading well – sing to LH 95 G3)
    763    Now is eternal life (alt tune 176, G9
    767    This joyful Eastertide G7
    770    Yours is the glory G6
    AT

    TIS
    211    Jesus, lover of my soul
    312    Once in royal David’s city (vv 4,5)
    380    Yours be the glory
    381    This joyful Eastertide
    385    Now is eternal life

    Second reading: 1 Peter 2:2-10
    LHS

    188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
    191    The Church’s one foundation G4
    248    Christ is made the sure foundation G6
    249    Christ is our cornerstone
    392    How firm a foundation G6
    494    Jerusalem the golden G6
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    831    O baptised people, one and all G3
    AT
    1    Lord of our days
    12    We are heirs of the Father
    119    Come and praise him, royal priesthood
    140    The building block
    144    No longer strangers
    213    I go to the Rock of my salvation
    313    Christ, be our light
    315    Drawn to the light
    404    Let nothing trouble you
    446    Mercy
    TIS
    74    This is the day the Lord has made
    219    Jesus comes with all his grace
    432    Christ is made the sure foundation
    433    Christ is our cornerstone
    436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
    446    Glorious things of you are spoken
    457    The church’s one foundation
    468    We are your people
    493    Wash, O God, our sons and daughters
    578    How firm a foundation, you people of God
    636    God has spoken to his people

    Gospel: John 14:1-14
    LHS

    103    I know that my Redeemer lives* G3
    111    Hail the day that sees Him rise G5
    147    O Morning Star so bright and fair* G3
    161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
    175    Thou art the way* G6
    176    We come, O Christ, to Thee G9
    297    Thine forever, God of love G6
    355    May we thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    424    Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire* G5
    479    Jesus, my Redeemer lives* G5
    761    Christ is alive! Let Christians sing G3
    783    Christ is the world’s light
    786    In faith and hope and love GS
    AT
    23    The blind man
    199    I know where I’m going
    239    Listen to him
    250    Glorify your name
    314    We believe you are the way
    329    This kingdom
    363    Jesus is greater
    404    Let nothing trouble you
    505    Whatever you do
    533    I am the way
    TIS
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
    223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
    226    Thou art the way
    241    So God loved the people of the world
    246    Christ is the world’s light
    254    O changeless Christ, for ever new
    366    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives
    369    Hail the day that sees him rise
    376    I know that my Redeemer lives
    387    Christ is alive! Let Christians sing
    395    Alleluia, Christ is risen!
    408    O breath of God, breathe on us now
    469    This is the truth we hold
    552    Come my way, my truth, my life
    579    The blind man sat by the road and he cried
    624     Christ be my leader by night as by day
    628    In faith and hope and love
    643    I want to walk as a child of the light
    695    Fare well. We come to send you on the way

    PSALM 31
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 31:1-5,14-16 by David Schütz is preferably sung to the tune Von Gott will ich (Erfurt), LH 400, or if that tune is too difficult, Von Gott will ich (Crüger), LH 130. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    In you, Lord, I seek refuge;
    don’t let me be ashamed.
    In righteousness, Lord, save me,
    incline your ear to me.
    Come quickly to my help,
    and be my rock of refuge,
    a fortress to protect me,
    for you’re my rock and fort.

    For your own name’s sake, lead me
    and guide me in your paths.
    From hidden traps, Lord, free me,
    for you are my defence.
    Into your open hands,
    Lord, I commit my spirit,
    for you, in grace, redeemed me,
    O Lord, my faithful God.

    O Lord my God, I trust you,
    I say, ‘You are my God.’
    My life and times and future
    are all held in your hand.
    Deliver me, O Lord,
    from those who seek to harm me,
    and let your face shine on me,
    and rescue me in love.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 31 p54

    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.

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