Sunday 3 May, 2015 – Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B

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 8:26-40 Philip and the Ethiopian
    PSALM Psalm 22:25-31*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 John 4:7-21 Love one another, as God loved us
    GOSPEL John 15:1-8 The true vine and the fruitful branches
  • NEW! Opening sentences:
    Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God;
    everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 
    (1 John 4:7 NRSV)
  • 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 Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 15 1-8 – year b – easter 5 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 15 1-8 – year b – easter 5 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on first reading: Pr Tim Stringer
    Based on second reading: Pr David Christian
  • 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)
    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)
  • 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 true vine
    and making us your branches.
    Keep us united to you
    and help us to bear much fruit.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Loving heavenly Father,
    thank you for giving us new life through your Son.
    Make us fruitful branches of the true vine.
    Help us to keep trusting in him
    and to show your love
    by loving other people.
    Lead us to live in harmony with one another
    and to help others in need.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Easter 5B
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    SEASONAL 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.
    But most of all we praise you
    for the glorious resurrection of your Son,
    the true Passover Lamb,
    who has taken away the sin of the world.
    By his death he has destroyed death,
    and by his rising again he has restored life.
    And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter
    and all the other witnesses of the resurrection,
    with earth and sea and all their creatures,
    and with angels and archangels,
    cherubim and seraphim,
    we adore and praise your glorious name:

    COMMUNION INVITATION
    Jesus says: ‘Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.’
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
    The following variation of the post-communion prayer may be used during Easter.

    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.

    Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Loving heavenly Father,
    you sent your Son Jesus Christ
    to reconcile the world to yourself.
    As we have received his body and blood,
    keep us united with him
    so that we may 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.

    SEASONAL BLESSING
    This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.

    (May) the God of peace,
    who raised from the dead our Lord Jesus,
    provide you with every good thing you need
    in order to do his will; . . .

    DISMISSAL

    Go in peace, and love one another.
    Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

  • 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 8:26-40
    LHS

    217    O Christ, our true and only light* G5
    221    Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word* G5 mod TIS 450
    228    Lord Jesus Christ, the cause is Thine* G3
    271    The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
    833    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ G5
    AT
    118    The Baptism Song
    421    Born forever
    TIS
    450    Spread, O spread almighty word
    486    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ

    Second reading: 1 John 4:7-21
    LHS

    334    Lord, ’tis not that I did choose Thee* G3
    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    394    God is love; let heaven adore Him G9 mod TIS 153
    783    Christ is the world’s light G6
    791    O love how deep, how broad, how high (esp v 1,2,6,7) G5 see TIS 194
    800    May we be one GS
    853    A new commandment GS see TIS 699
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord
    AT
    24    God’s love
    47    O, how I love Jesus
    65    A new commandment
    172    May we be one
    177    Love one another
    297    Let us talents and tongues employ (post-communion)
    482    His love within the world
    491    You call me to love
    606   Nothing is lost on the breath of God
    627   Unconditionally
    TIS
    139    O love of God, how strong and true
    152    Joyful, joyful we adore you
    153    God is love, let heaven adore him
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high (esp v 1,2,6,7)
    241    So God loved the people of the world
    246    Christ is the world’s light
    248    When Christ was lifted from the earth
    305    Let earth and heaven combine
    335    To Christ, the prince of peace
    434    Where there is charity and love
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
    526    Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us
    533    Love is his word, love is his way (vv 1,6,7)
    587    Fold to your heart your sister and your brother
    676    A spendthrift lover is the Lord
    678    God beyond glory (marriage)
    685    Lord. I come to you (The power of your love)
    693    Come as you are
    699    A new commandment

    Gospel: John 15: 1-8
    LHS

    337    God from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
    519    While yet the morn is breaking* G4 (vv 1,6) mod TIS 104
    833    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ G5 (baptism)
    844    Sent out by God’s blessing G6 (holy communion) see TIS 531
    AT
    297    Let us talents and tongues employ
    304    Stay with me, I’ll stay with you
    311    Be still and know (v 2) (see also extra verses based on this reading)
    382   I am the vine
    487   Make your home in me
    TIS
    104    While morning still is breaking (vv 1,4)
    393    Christ is alive, with joy we sing
    486    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ (baptism)
    487    Lord Jesus Christ, on this your day of light (baptism)
    531    Sent forth by God’s blessing
    537    Let us talents and tongues employ

    SONG BASED ON GOSPEL
    This song is related to the gospel reading. It is by Claire Kleinig, based on ‘Be still and know’ (AT0 311) ©1988 the Iona Community. By permission from Willow Connection.

    I am the Vine; in me there is life,
    and there is none beside me. (Repeat)

    I am the Vine; I keep you alive,
    and there is none beside me. (Repeat)

    I am the Vine; in me you bear fruit,
    and there is none beside me. (Repeat)

    I am the Vine; remain in my love,
    for there is none beside me. (Repeat)

    PSALM 22
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 22:25-31 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Vine and fig tree’, ATN 36 (note that in the second last bar the second crochet must be played as two quavers). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Now when I stand in the congregation,
    there all my praise will come from God.
    And in the presence of those who fear him,
    there I will pay my vows to him.
    Then there will be food for the poor,
    then they will all be satisfied.
    Praise him, all those who seek the Lord,
    and may your spirit never die.

    Then shall the ends of the earth remember
    and ev’ry land turn to the Lord,
    and all the fam’lies of ev’ry nation
    shall worship him and hear his word.
    For all dominion is the Lord’s,
    power and might belong to him.
    He rules the nations as their king,
    he brings his love and grace to them.

    Then even those who have died will worship,
    and I will always live for him.
    And generations to come will serve him,
    for they will all be told of him.
    They will proclaim his saving love
    to those who have not yet been born.
    They will be told what we have learnt
    that, by the Lord, it has been done.


    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 22 p33 , Psalm 22 p34

  • 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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