Sunday 14 May, 2017 – Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A

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.

Here are some resources for Mother’s Day which you may like to include as part of your service:
Prayer of the Church
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.

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.

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:
588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available)
589    O blessed home where man and wife

141    Mary’s child
212    Hush now (This lullaby speaks of God’s parenting love)

581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

The 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.

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

Notes on the readings:
ACTS 7:55-60: Stephen, ‘a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit’, had in the course of his witness for Christ become embroiled in arguments with some Jerusalem synagogue leaders. His references to the Jews’ hard-heartedness throughout their history, despite the grace of God towards them, so enraged them that they seized him to execute him for blasphemy. Saul had an active role in this stoning. In high contrast to the fanatical and angry violence of his persecutors, Stephen’s Christlike death reflected the Lord’s last words on the cross. The glory which once had been part of the temple was seen by Stephen now, and Jesus at God’s right hand.

1 PETER 2:2-10: Peter’s abundant use of Old Testament texts referring to the temple, the priesthood, the people of God show that the church is the New Testament Israel which is to serve as God’s light in the world. There is constant ongoing growth into salvation, a living sacrificial service that emanates from Christ himself the cornerstone. Thus each stone (believer) in the building (church) takes its correct position from him. Anyone who leaves Christ out of their building will stumble over him to their own destruction, which eventuality was foreseen by God. Christ wants those called into his marvellous light to take that light out into the world by their proclamation.

JOHN 14:1-14: The Lord had been foreshadowing his impending betrayal, suffering and death to the disciples. Their hearts were depressed and heavy. His reassurance that the way of the cross would be the way to God’s presence not only for him but also for them, through him, was met by their mere confusion. In answer to Philip’s question Jesus promised that the way to the Father was through the truth and life which he makes and gives. No one receives any other entrance. Anyone who has seen Jesus has seen the Father because of the mysterious unity of the persons of the Godhead. The believer, being united with him by faith, will therefore share in the works of God.

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 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 14 1-14 – year a – easter 5
Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – 1 peter 2 9 – year a – easter 5

Opening sentences:
Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, Alleluia!
so that by it you may grow into salvation. Alleluia!  
(1 Peter 2: 2 NRSV)

The stone that the builders rejected, Alleluia!
has become the chief cornerstone. Alleluia!  
(Psalm 118:22 NRSV)

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, God’s own people,
in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him
who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.  
(1 Peter 2:9 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,
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.

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.

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.

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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
(Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
(Jesus said:) ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.’  (John 14:6 NRSV)

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.

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.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Easter 5A

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:

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.

Let us pray.
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 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.


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. You are the chosen race, God’s own holy people.
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 7:55-60

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

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

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
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
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

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
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
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

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

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.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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