Sunday 6 May, 2018 – Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

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 10:44-48 The Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit
PSALM Psalm 98*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 John 5:1-6 Faith gives us victory over the world
GOSPEL John 15:9-17 Jesus calls us his friends

Notes on the readings
ACTS 10:44-48: Peter was directed through a Spirit-given dream to break with his Jewish thinking about the uncleanness of non-Jewish people. No conscientious Jew could associate with heathen people, let alone go into their houses. In obedience, however, Peter sought out Cornelius (a Roman army officer) and his household. Here he preached the gospel to eager searchers after the truth. When the same phenomena occurred among these people as had occurred with the apostles on Pentecost day, Peter saw this as a clear indication that Christ was reaching out to them also with his kingdom. Accordingly Peter baptised them, inaugurating a ‘Gentile’ church.

1 JOHN 5:1-6: To believe in God means that we also love him. Loving God means without any doubt keeping his commandments. Keeping God’s commandments assuredly includes loving one’s fellow children of God. God’s commandments actually put love into practice. Pleasing the beloved Lord in this way overcomes the evil of the surrounding world. As God’s Son, Jesus came to us both by his baptism (water) and by his death (blood). Without his life and death we would have no new life or victory.

JOHN 15: 9-17: As the Father has loved his Son, so is there no restraint in the love Christ has for his believing disciples. His love brought him to the incarnation and took him to death so that he might save his disciples. There is infinite joy in sacrificial service. Our love for each other is to be based on the model of his ultimate sacrifice. Properly understanding the choice and friendship he has laid on us, we go out to obey his commands, love as he loved, and thus bear much fruit. Asking God in harmony with that revelation also yields a rich harvest, namely of answered prayers.

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 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Andrew Brook ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 15 9-17 – year b – easter 6
Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 10 44-48 – year b – easter 6
Based on second reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 john 5 1-8 – year b – easter 6

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)

Opening Sentences
(Jesus said:) ‘This is my commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’
(John 15:12,13 NRSV)

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.

(Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
(Jesus said:) You did not choose me but I chose you.
And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.  (John 15:16 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 loving us
and making us your friends.
Help us to obey you and to love one another.

Children’s Address: Easter 6B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, heavenly Father,
for showing us your love in your Son Jesus,
and for making us his friends.
Help us to love you and obey your commands,
and to love one another.
Teach us to accept and serve others
as you have accepted and served us.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:  Prayer of the Church – Easter 6B  OR  Prayer of the Church – Easter 6B alt

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.

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.

Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) 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. You have been chosen by God.
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 10:44-48

277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4 (mod TIS 481)
279    He that believes and is baptized* (alt tune 106, G3) (mod TIS 479)
826    Father welcomes all his children GS
4    Father welcomes all his children
479    They that believe and are baptized
481    Baptized into your name most holy
491    Father welcomes all his children

Second reading: 1 John 5:1-6

142    We all believe in one true God* G3
321    Faith is a living power from heaven* G5
323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
324    Salvation unto us has come* G5(vv 1,5,6 original, vv 1,4,5 revised) (mod TIS 195)
344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
763    Now is eternal life (alt tune 176, G9)
68    This is my commandment
155    We believe
177    Love one another
257    Jesus is living, he is here now among us
301    May the Father of love
455    All this I believe
463   Goodness is stronger than evil
195    Salvation now to us has come (vv 1,4,5)
257    Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
385    Now is eternal life
435    We all believe in God who made
563    Let him to whom we now belong

Gospel: John 15:9-17

62    My song is love unknown (vv 1,2,5) G5 (alt tune A8, G8) (see TIS 341)
103    I know that my Redeemer lives* G3 (see TIS 376)
165    One there is,  above all others* G8
193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide * G9
334    Lord, ’tis not that I did choose Thee* G3
344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
359    Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* G6
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
68    This is my commandment
177    Love one another
553   Jesus, my Lord and my friend
638   Love overflows
682   Servant’s Song
248    When Christ was lifted from the earth
251    Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
257    Alleluia (v 5)
341    My song is love unknown (vv 1,2,7)
376    I know that my Redeemer lives
394    Christ is risen! Shout hosanna
439    What shall we offer our good Lord
534    Love is his word, love is his way (vv 1,5,6)
641    This is my will, my one command
656    Jesus, my Lord

The chorus of ‘Sing a new song unto the Lord’ (ATA 150) by Dan Schutte is based on Psalm 98. The song could be used for the psalm, although the verses are not really a translation of the psalm itself.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 98 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Wir pflügen (‘We plough the fields and scatter’, LH 563, TIS 130). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
great wonders he has done!
For he has shown the victory
his mighty power has won.
The ends of earth have all seen
the saving acts of God.
Let all the earth shout praises;
ring out your song with joy!

Sing the Lord a new song,
from earth to heaven above:
‘Alleluia, alleluia,

Sing psalms and play the harp, and
with music praise the Lord!
Come, blow the trumpet! Sound the horn!
Acclaim the Lord your King!
Let seas and all that fills them,
with earth rise up and roar,
let rivers clap their hands, and
let hills ring out their joy!

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 98 p163 , Psalm 98 p164 , Psalm 98 p165

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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