Sunday 1 May, 2016 – 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 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 14 23-29 – year c – easter6
    Based on John 5 gospel: Pr Peter Ghalayini
    Based on Acts reading: NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
  • Opening Sentences:
    The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city (Alleluia),
    and his servants will worship him (Alleluia);
    they will see his face (Alleluia),
    and his name will be on their foreheads (Alleluia). 
    (Rev 22:3b,4 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
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).

    EITHER (John 14)
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for sending your promised Holy Spirit.
    May the Spirit keep us close to you and the Father forever.

    OR (John 5)
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for your compassion and healing.
    Have mercy on us and make us well.
  • 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.
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Easter 6C
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    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.

    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.

    Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows:

    Almighty and merciful God,
    by the gift we have received in this sacrament,
    may we 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.

    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; . . .

    Go in peace. Walk in the light of the Lord.
    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 16:9-15
    227    O Spirit of the living God G5
    498    Lord, open Thou my heart to hear G5
    500    Blessed Jesus, at Thy word* G5
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    405    O Spirit of the living God
    437    Blessed Jesus, at your word
    568    O for a heart to praise my GodSecond reading: Revelation 21: 10,22 – 22:5
    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
    315    Drawn to the light
    453    The world is waiting
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

    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

    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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