Sunday 24 April, 2016 – Fifth 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 11:1-18 Peter explains how God’s salvation is also for Gentiles
    PSALM Psalm 148 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Revelation 21:1-6 God will wipe away all tears
    GOSPEL John 13:31-35 The new commandment: love one another
  • 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 second reading: Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on first reading: Vicar Tristan Klein ; NEW Pr Andrew Brook
    Based on gospel: edited for lay reading sermon – john 13 31-35 – year c – easter5 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 13 31-35 – year c – easter5new
  • Opening Sentences:
    By this everyone will know that you are my disciples (Alleluia),
    if you have love for one another (Alleluia). 
    (John 13:35 NRSV) OR
    The home of God is among mortals (Alleluia).
    He will dwell with them as their God (Alleluia). 
    (Rev 21:3a NRSV)
  • 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)
    Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ 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).
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, for loving us.
    Lead us to love one another,
    so that everyone will know that we are your disciples.
    Amen.
  • Offering Prayer:
    God of love,
    you have shown us how you love us and all people.
    Lead us to love one another
    through our lives and our gifts.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Easter 5C
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    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
    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.

    Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used 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 11:1-18
    LHS
    769    With high delight let us unite G7
    773    Filled with the Spirit’s power G7
    AT
    421    Born forever
    TIS
    411    Filled with the Spirit’s power

    Second reading: Revelation 21:1-6
    LHS
    164    Love divine, all loves excelling G3
    168    O blessed Sun, whose splendour G4
    248    Christ is made the sure foundation
    464    Songs of praise the angels sang G6
    489    Rejoice, rejoice, believers* G4
    494    Jerusalem the golden G6
    AT
    181    Faith, hope and love
    212    Hush now
    215    My hiding place
    254    I give you my joys and my sorrows
    302    Soon and very soon
    453    The world is waiting (vv 4-6)
    479    For living, for dying
    512    All things new
    TIS
    217    Love divine, all loves excelling
    432    Christ is made the sure foundation
    562    I’m not ashamed to own my LordGospel: John 13:31-35
    LHS
    118    O Holy Ghost, to Thee we all pray* G3
    295    O Lord we praise Thee, bless Thee and adore Thee* G3
    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    381    O God our Father, throned on high (alt tune 391, G9)
    853    A new commandment GS
    AT
    65    A new commandment
    177    Love one another
    310    Yesu, Yesu
    561    Community
    571    On that final night (Communion)
    TIS
    403    Come, Holy Spirit, Lord of grace
    433    Where there is charity and love
    440    Christ, from whom all blessings flow
    534    Love is his word, love his way
    630    The law of Christ alone can make us free
    640    Kneels at the feet of his friends
    648    Help us accept each other
    697    All the sleepy should have a place to sleep
    699    A new commandment

    PSALM 148
    A paraphrased version of Psalm 148 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 57 (also available in TIS 94). As the tune will be new to most people, consider having the congregation sing the chorus as an antiphon and a cantor or choir sing the verses. Another song version is ‘Great in power’, ATW 426.

    There are also two hymns based partly on this psalm: ‘O praise ye the Lord’, LH 468 / ‘Sing praise to the Lord’, TIS 96; and ‘Praise the Lord, ye/you heavens adore him’, sung to Austria (LH 458, TIS 93). However, the second verse of the latter is not a paraphrase of the psalm. The Psalter (1912) gives two extra verses that are true paraphrases of the psalm, which are provided here in a modernised form. The first verse below is the modernised text from TIS.

    Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him;
    praise him, angels in the height;
    sun and moon, rejoice before him,
    praise him, all you stars and light.
    Praise the Lord, for he has spoken,
    worlds his mighty voice obeyed:
    laws, that never shall be broken,
    for their guidance he has made.

    On the earth let all things praise him:
    seas and all that they contain,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
    hail and lightning, snow and rain.
    Hills and mountains, praise your Maker;
    praise him, all you flocks and herds.
    Fields and orchards, sing his glory;
    praise him, creeping things and birds.

    All you nations, come before him:
    earthly rulers and all kings,
    men and women, parents, children,
    join with all created things.
    Praise the God of our salvation,
    who restores from sin and shame.
    Heaven and earth and all creation,
    praise and glorify his name.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 148 p247 , Psalm 148 p248

  • 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.
    Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
    Metrical Psalms
    by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

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