Sunday 8 May, 2016 – Seventh Sunday of Easter/Ascension, Year C

Mother’s Day

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.

You may choose to observe the Ascension of our Lord on this Sunday- please see the alternative readings below.

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Acts 16:16-34 Paul and Silas in prison
    PSALM Psalm 97 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Revelation 22:12-14, 16, 17, 20, 21 Jesus is coming soon
    GOSPEL John 17:20-26 Jesus prays for all believers
    OR
    FIRST READING Acts 1:1-11 Jesus ascension, promise and commission
    PSALM Psalm 47 OR Psalm 110 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Ephesians 1:15-23 Christ is the supreme Lord over all things
    GOSPEL Luke 24:44-53 Jesus commissions and blesses the disciple
  • 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 Acts 16 reading: Pr Tim Stringer
    Based on Acts 16 and Revelation 22 readings: Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on Acts 1 reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – acts 1 6-11 – year c – ascension
    Based on Ephesians reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on Luke 24 reading: Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 24 44-53 – year c – easter7 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Opening Sentences:
    Easter 7
    Jesus said: ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega (Alleluia),
    the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’ (Alleluia)  (Rev 22:13 NRSV)OR
    The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ (Alleluia)
    And let everyone who hears say, ‘Come.’ (Alleluia)
    And let everyone who is thirsty come. (Alleluia)
    Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift (Alleluia).  (Rev 22:17 NRSV)Ascension
    God raised Christ from the dead, Alleluia!
    and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places. Alleluia!  (Eph 1:20 NRSV)OR
    When Christ ascended on high,
    he made captivity itself a captive.
    He ascended higher than the heavens,
    in order to fill the whole universe.  (Eph 4:8a,10b composite)
  • 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
    Almighty and eternal God,
    grant that we may always have a will devoted to you,
    and serve you as our king with a pure heart;
    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
    Almighty and eternal God,
    help us always
    willingly to serve you as our king,
    with a pure heart.
    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 (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray for the unity of the Holy Spirit. [silence)]
    Holy Father,
    your Son prayed for his disciples
    that they would be one,
    as you and he are one.
    Keep your whole church harmoniously together
    in faith and love,
    united by the one Spirit.
    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.For Ascension:
    Traditional
    Almighty God,
    grant that we who believe
    in the ascension of your Son, our Lord,
    into heaven
    may also there ascend in heart and mind,
    and dwell with him forever;
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.OR, modernised traditional
    Almighty God,
    we believe in your Son, our Lord,
    who ascended into heaven.
    Lead us also to ascend there in heart and mind,
    and take us to live with him forever.
    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 (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray that Christ will rule over all. [silence])
    Thank you, eternal Father,
    that your Son Jesus ascended to your right hand,
    to rule over all things as Lord.
    Keep your church in the unity
    that the Spirit gives,
    and bring all creation
    to submit to Christ as Lord.
    For he 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 loving us and making us yours.
    May we and all believers be one,
    as you and the Father are one.
    Amen.
    AscensionThis is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
    Lord Jesus Christ,
    thank you for fulfilling the Scriptures and returning to the Father.
    Fill us with the joy of your continual presence.
    Amen.
  • Offering Prayer:
    God of comfort,
    your Son prayed that we may be one.
    Use us and what you have given us
    to serve you and one another.
    Amen.
    AscensionLiving God, your Son Jesus Christ
    at his ascension gave gifts to his church.
    Lead us, as members of his body on earth,
    to use the gifts we have received
    to do your will.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Easter 7C
  • 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.
    After his resurrection he appeared openly to his disciples,
    and before their very eyes was taken up into heaven,
    so that by your grace we may share in his divine nature.
    And so, with angels and archangels,
    and with all the company of heaven,
    we adore and praise your glorious name:COMMUNION INVITATION
    Jesus says: ‘When I am lifted up from the earth,
    I will draw everyone to me.’
    (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 prayers of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. They may be modified as follows:Holy Father,
    your Son prayed for his disciples
    that they would be one,
    as you and he are one.
    As we have eaten of the one bread,
    and drunk from the one cup,
    keep your whole church harmoniously together
    in faith and love,
    united by the one Spirit.
    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.

    Ascension
    Eternal Father,
    your Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven,
    to rule over all things as Lord.
    As we have eaten of the one bread,
    and drunk from the one cup,
    keep your church in the unity
    that the Spirit gives,
    and bring all creation
    to worship at the feet of Christ.
    For he 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) Christ our exalted king
    pour on you his abundant gifts
    and bring you to reign with him in glory; . . .

    DISMISSAL

    Go in peace. Live in the love of the Lord.
    Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

    OR
    Go in peace, to witness in the power 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 16:16-34
    LHS
    139    We all believe in one true God*
    142    We all believe in one true God* G3
    407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6
    411    If God be my defender (esp v 5)* G3
    AT
    155    We believe
    362    I believe, I do
    384    If we will trust in God to guide us
    455    All this I believe
    TIS
    140    Firmly I believe and truly
    435    We all believe in God who made
    554    If we will trust in God to guide us
    646    God is our song, and every singer blestSecond reading: Revelation 22:12-14,16,17,20,21
    LHS
    147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3
    156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver (esp vv 1,4)* G3
    187    Glorious things of thee are spoken G9
    210    Thy Word, O God, declareth* G5
    306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
    308    ‘Come unto Me, ye weary* G6
    327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
    330    Rock of ages, cleft for me G6
    489    Rejoice, rejoice, believers* G4
    847    The Lamb’s high banquet called to share G8 (alt tune 839, G7)
    AT
    137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    220    There’ll be peace
    302    Soon and very soon
    309    When the Lord returns
    315    Drawn to the light
    345    Nothing but the blood
    453    The world is waiting eagerly
    TIS
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
    208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
    222    Rock of ages, cleft for me
    446    Glorious things of thee are spoken
    585    I heard the voice of Jesus sayGospel: John 17:20-26
    LHS
    176    We come, O Christ, to Thee G9
    239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
    510    May the grace of Christ our Saviour G7
    783    Christ is the world’s light, he and no other G6
    798    Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
    800    May we be one GS
    803    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son G7
    AT
    172    May we be one
    462    Hand in hand
    TIS
    179    Praise with joy the world’s creator
    246    Christ is the world’s light, he and no other
    258    Praise to you, O Christ our Saviour (esp v 4)
    434    Where there is charity and love
    466    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son
    467    We are your people
    521    Lord Christ, at your first eucharist you prayed
    606    Son of God, eternal Saviour
    623    Lord Christ, true peace of all above
    631    Father, Lord of all creation
    777    May the grace of Christ our SaviourFor Ascension:
    First reading: Acts 1:1-11
    LHS
    90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
    106-115, esp:
    106    Since Christ is gone to heaven, His home* G3
    111    Hail the day that sees Him rise G5
    112    Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3
    113    Crown Him with many crowns G5
    114    See the Conqueror mounts in triumph G4
    115    Rejoice, the Lord is King
    285    To Thy most holy supper, Lord * G5
    761    Christ is alive! Let Christians sing G3
    771    Hallelujah! sing to Jesus G3
    782    At the name of Jesus G7
    788    Lord, who left the highest heaven G8
    843    Saviour, to the Father’s side (holy communion)
    AT
    26    He is Lord
    161    Majesty
    162    King of kings and Lord of lords
    163    Hymn of glory
    166    Clap your hands, all you people
    226    All is nearness
    252    He is exalted
    257    Jesus is living
    370    You are glorious
    TIS
    185     Alleluia (v 5)
    192    Christ is the world’s redeemer
    216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
    228    Crown him with many crowns
    231    At the name of Jesus
    365    Christ the Lord is risen again
    369    Hail the day that sees him rise
    373    Hail, our once despised Jesus
    387    Christ is alive! Let Christians sing
    415    Praise the Spirit in creation
    517    Hallelujah! sing to Jesus
    520    Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (holy communion)Second reading: Ephesians 1:15-23
    In addition to those suggested for the first reading:
    LHS
    169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
    528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5
    AT

    TIS
    212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
    224    All hail the power of Jesus’ name
    237    Hail Redeemer! King divine
    371    God is gone up on high
    378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
    685    Lord, I come to you (The power of your love)Gospel: Luke 24:44-53
    In addition to those suggested for the first reading:
    LHS
    219    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun G3
    221    Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word* G5
    AT
    103    Send your servant down the road
    TIS
    207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
    404    Lord God, the Spirit blest
    450    Spread, O spread, almighty wordPSALM 97
    The following metrical paraphrase by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Nun danket all (LH 99). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    The Lord is king! Let earth rejoice,
    let every shore be glad!
    His throne is based on righteousness,
    his word is fair and just.

    Thick clouds and darkness cover him,
    and lightning flashes forth;
    his fire will cause the world to fear
    and lighten all the earth.

    Before the Lord of all the earth
    the mountains melt and fall.
    The heav’ns proclaim his righteousness,
    his power is seen by all.

    For all false gods bow down to him,
    and all who worship them.
    But Judah and Jerusalem
    are glad to hear his word.

    For you are high above all gods,
    and high above the earth.
    The Lord will guard his people’s lives,
    the faithful whom he loves.

    A new light dawns for all the just,
    and joy fills upright hearts.
    Rejoice, you righteous, in the Lord,
    and give thanks to his name.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 97 p161 , Psalm 97 p162

    PSALM 47
    TIS 29, Clap your hands all you nations, is a paraphrase of the psalm. The song ‘Clap your hands’, by Jimmy Owens (ATA 166), is based on Psalm 47:1.

    The Iona collection Psalms of Patience, Protest and Praise contains a metrical version of Psalm 47 that could be used on this day (page 24).

    Note that the Iona Community is willing to allow a church or worship assembly to reproduce the words only of a song from these publications on a service sheet or overhead transparency that is to be used once only on a non-commercial basis, provided that the title of the song and the name of the copyright holder is clearly shown.

    The following metrical version of Psalm 47 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Aus meines Herzens Grunde (LH 107). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    O clap your hands, all peoples
    and shout to God with joy.
    The Lord Most High is awesome,
    the King of all the earth.
    He gives us victory,
    and puts us over nations.
    He chose a good land for us,
    for Jacob, whom he loves.

    See now, our God ascending
    upon his throne with shouts!
    See how our Lord arises
    to heaven with trumpet blast!
    Sing praises to our God.
    Sing praises, O sing praises,
    to God, the king of nations,
    sing praises with a psalm.

    Our God rules over nations
    upon his holy throne.
    The leaders of the peoples,
    now gather all around,
    with all God’s holy saints
    who own the God of Abram.
    Their forces are surrendered,
    and God is Lord of all.
    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings:Psalm 47 p82 , Psalm 47 p83 , Psalm 47 p84

  • Resources for Mother’s Day
    PRAYERS FOR MOTHER’S DAY
    One of the following petitions may be included in the prayer of the church:We thank you for adopting us into your family through the miracle of baptism, and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other through Jesus, the only Son of God.
    Today, loving Father, we pray for our mothers:
    *    who cared for us when we were helpless
    *    who comforted us when we were hurt
    *    whose love and care we usually took for granted, as we often take your love for granted
    Today we pray for:
    *    those who are grieving the loss of their mother, maybe even years after they were separated
    *    those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her
    *    those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother’s love
    *    the families separated in the wars in ___. Lord, give them special blessings.
    Keep us united with Christ, so that we can love in the way he loves us and all people.
    We ask this for Jesus’ sake.OR
    Loving Father in heaven,
    we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us,
    whose love is so precious that it can never be measured in dollars and cents,
    whose time does not seem to be measured in the hours they put in per week,
    whose patience seems to have no end and can even seem to stretch past breaking point.
    May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them.
    We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love, or time, or patience,
    and ask you to bless them with your own special love and the gifts of more time and more patience.
    And we pray for children and fathers, that they may appreciate, love and support their mothers and wives.
    We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord and brother.OR
    God our Father, we pray:
    for new mothers, coming to terms with both the joys and demands of motherhood;
    for pregnant mothers, expectant and wondering, or fearful;
    for those mothers who are tired, stressed, ill or depressed;
    for those who struggle to balance the demands of work and children;
    for those who have to struggle with difficult decisions about whether or not to become a mother or to have another child;
    for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
    for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
    for those who have children they do not want;
    for those who raise children on their own;
    for those who have lost a child through death or abortion;
    for those who care for the children of others;
    for those whose children have left home;
    for those whose children have rejected their love;
    and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
    Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,
    and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good, living not for themselves, but for God and for others.HYMNS AND SONGS FOR MOTHER’S DAY
    The following family hymns and songs may be used for Mother’s Day:
    LHS
    588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available)
    589    O blessed home where man and wife
    AT
    141    Mary’s child
    212    Hush now (This lullaby speaks of God’s parenting love)
    TIS
    581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord JesusThe following hymn was written by Delores Jenson (alt. by David Schütz). It may be sung to the tune Hyfrydol (LHS 164).God gave mothers to protect us,
    and to guide us in love’s way.
    They were with us from our cradle,
    teaching us to watch and pray.
    Precious Saviour, bless our mothers;
    or our mothers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who gave us love so free.

    As we grew they stayed beside us,
    listening, loving constantly.
    They spoke to us words of wisdom,
    though, at times, so hard to see.
    Precious Saviour, bless our mothers;
    or our mothers’ memory.
    Precious Saviour, help us honour
    those who taught us how to be.

    (This verse may be sung by mothers who are present)
    Now as mothers, Lord, we ask you
    be our helper and our guide.
    Give us courage, bless our efforts,
    let us live love deep and wide.
    Precious Saviour, keep us faithful,
    teaching, leading, loving, true.
    Precious Saviour, thanks for children;
    they are precious to you too.

  • 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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