Sunday 28 May, 2017 – Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A

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 1:6-14 Waiting in prayer for the Spirit
PSALM Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 Suffering as a Christian
GOSPEL John 17:1-11 Jesus prays for his disciples in the world

Notes on the readings:
ACTS 1:6-14: Pious Jews knew the often repeated theme of Old Testament prophecy that Israel would one day be restored to be at the centre of a world-wide kingdom of God. The question the eleven asked Jesus as to the timing of this was answered by Jesus with the direction to await the promised coming of the Holy Spirit. Then they would take the gospel out into all the world. After the visible ascension of the Lord they returned to Jerusalem to await his promise in constant prayer.

1 PETER 4:12-14; 5:6-11: The Christians to whom Peter was writing were experiencing a ‘fiery ordeal’ of reactive persecution to their active Christian testimony and witness. He comforts them with the truth that the ‘glory’ (the presence of God among the Old Testament Israelites) would follow their suffering not only when Christ returned, but would be made clear by the witness of the Holy Spirit amid their present trouble. God’s care would most assuredly follow upon their trust. Resistance to the wiles and traps of the devil would be followed by restoration and strengthening by the hand of God himself.

JOHN 17:1-11: This high-priestly prayer of our Lord reflects his certain knowledge of his Father’s will. The Father was glorified in Christ’s incarnation, his earthly ministry, his death and resurrection. His work on this earth is now complete, in which the Father has been glorified. He asks for glorification in his return to the presence of the Father as it always was in eternity. The words of Jesus, both which he taught to his disciples and which they in turn will teach, will make the name of the Father known. In this prayer Jesus prays that they we may be protected and also that they may be one.

 

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 David Christian; Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 1 6-14 – year a – easter 7
Based on second reading : NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 peter 4 12-14 5 6-11 – year a – easter 7
Based on all readings: Pr Tim Stringer

Opening sentences:
This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, Alleluia,
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Alleluia!  
(John 17:3 NRSV)

OR
Jesus said: ‘The heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit, Alleluia,
to those who ask him!’ Alleluia!  (Luke 11:13 NRSV alt)


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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia.
(Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
Alleluia.)
Jesus said: ‘When I go, you will not be left all alone.
I will come back to you.’  (John 14:18 TEV)
Alleluia.

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 making the Father known to us.
May we and all believers be one,
as you and the Father are one.
Amen.

 

Offering Prayer
God of comfort,
your Son prayed for his followers in the world,
that they might be one.
Use us and what you have given us
to serve you and one another.
Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Easter 7A

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
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.
Amen.

OR use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It 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.

 

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. Cast all your anxiety on God, because he cares for you.
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 1:6-14
LHS

106    Since Christ has gone to heaven, his home* G3
107    Lo, God to heaven ascendeth G4
108    The Lord ascendeth up on high G3
109    Draw us to Thee* G5
110    Conquering Prince and King of glory
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!
169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
219    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun G3
771    Hallelujah! sing to Jesus G3
782    At the name of Jesus G7
AT
26    He is Lord
73    Where two or three are gathered
146    They knew who he was
161    Majesty
163    Hymn of glory
165    He is the King of kings
166    Clap your hands all you people
177    Love one another
217    Shine, Jesus, shine
226    All is nearness
252    He is exalted
257    Jesus is living
370    You are glorious
TIS
207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
228    Crown him with many crowns
231    At the name of Jesus
369    Hail the day that sees him rise
371    God is gone up on high
373    Hail, our once despised Jesus
378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
419    Like the murmur of the dove’s song
517    Hallelujah! sing to Jesus
520    Lord, enthroned in your heavenly splendour
675    Lord, the light of your love is shining

Second reading: 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
LHS

147    O Morning Star so bright and fair* G3
156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
195    A mighty fortress is our God* G3
308    ‘Come unto me, ye weary’* G6
352    Fight the good fight with all thy might* G4
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
384    Who trusts in God, a strong abode G9
392    How firm a foundation G6
407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* G6
417    Submissive to Thy will* G6
426    What a friend we have in Jesus G, STJ 26
443    Through all the changing scenes of life G7
479    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives* G5
790    O Lord of light, who made the stars
862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
865    God will take care of us all through the day G6
873    Safe in the shadow of the Lord
AT
101    As we step from the edge of morning
185    Jesus, Son of God and man
281    Nothing in all creation
339    In you, O Lord, I find refuge
384    If we will trust in God to guide us
408    May the Lord bless you today
490    When human voices cannot sing
496    Don’t be afraid
TIS
103    A mighty fortress is our God
112    Through all the changing scenes of life
127    Holy God, we praise your name (esp v 5)
146    God, who made the earth
198    I greet you my Redeemer sure, who lives
199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
366    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives
444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
478    I bind unto myself today
554    If we will trust in God to guide us
578    How firm a foundation, you people of God
590    What a friend we have in Jesus
594    Fight the good fight with all thy might
644    Safe in the shadow of the Lord

Gospel: John 17:1-11
LHS

21    Of the Father’s love begotten (vv 1,4,5) G7
116    Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove* G9
117    Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
185    Sun of righteousness divine* G3
186    I love Thy kingdom, Lord G4
193    Jesus, with Thy church abide* G9
197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
199    Christ, Thou strong guardian, e’er Thy church defending* G9
228    Lord Jesus Christ, the cause is thine* G3
239    Son of God, eternal Saviour G4
800    May we be one
803    Peace with the Father
AT
172    May we be one
244    We have seen the Word of life
250    Glorify your name
265    Take us now, we are yours (suitable for offering song)
370    You are glorious
TIS
127    Holy God, we praise your name
290    Of the Father’s love begotten (vv 1,4)
396    Come, Holy Spirit, our souls inspire
436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
466    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son
551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
606    Son of God, eternal Saviour
PSALM 68

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 68 p114 , Psalm 68 p115


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

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