Sunday 13 May, 2018 – Seventh Sunday of Easter/Ascension, Year B

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. The Ascension of our Lord could also be observed on this day. 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 1:15-17, 21-26 Matthias chosen to replace Judas
PSALM Psalm 1*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 John 5:9-13 God’s testimony about his Son
GOSPEL John 17:6-19 Jesus prays for his disciples
The Ascension of our Lord
FIRST READING: Acts 1:1-11 Jesus’ ascension, promise and commission
PSALM: Psalm 47 OR 93 *For musical settings of these Psalms, 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 disciples

Notes on the readings
ACTS 1:15-17,21-26: The suicide of Judas necessitated restoring the number of apostles to twelve (symbolising the twelve tribes of Israel, and that the church was God’s new Israel). The necessary qualifications for the new apostle included having witnessed the whole ministry of Jesus and the resurrection. The latter established the truth of Jesus’ divinity and therefore also the truth of his message. There were two such men from whom to choose. As the Lord had ascended and the promised Spirit had not yet come, the disciples employed prayer and the Old Testament drawing of lots to choose the candidate God had in mind. The apostles were to be the authoritative keystone to keep the early church well founded on the authority of the truth of Jesus’ teaching.

1 JOHN 5:9-13: There is an inner testimony within a believer in Jesus which makes one sure of Christ’s reality, and of the salvation which he both gives and works into our lives. Many people want to believe only in a god who fits in with their own personal demands of what God should be like. God rather reveals himself when someone has simply believed. In verse 12 we have an echo of John 3, namely that whoever believes is saved, and those who do not believe are condemned because they have not believed.

JOHN 17:6-19: This section is from what is often called the high-priestly prayer of Jesus. It commends the disciples into the Father’s keeping in view of Jesus’ coming death upon the completion of his earthly mission. He prays firstly for their preservation and also for their sanctification. As they have learnt the truth from him concerning the true nature of the Father and his own full authority to reveal the Father, they truly belong to God. Jesus is glorified thereby, and they are separated from the evil world. They will need continued protection, however. This will come about if the unity existing among the Persons of the triune Godhead is established also among them. The joy Jesus has experienced in his own mission will similarly strengthen them as it is given. They will need further to be kept from the attacks of Satan and the evil world because Christ’s work will be continued by their presence in the world. Therefore the Father will consecrate them (sanctify them) for the task as Jesus himself was. The power of the word will effect this. He prays for all these things.

Ascension:
ACTS 1:1-11: The visible ascension was not necessary for Jesus personally, as his glorification and exaltation was in effect actually from after his death and in his resurrection. It showed the disciples though, and the church, the logical culmination of his ministry which commenced in the humble process of a human birth. Now he concludes his work of salvation and earthly appearances in the supernatural ascension of his human person, thus demonstrating his exaltation and heavenly glorification. The cloud which took him from their sight is strongly reminiscent of the cloud which surrounded visibly the special presence of God among his people during his dealings with Israel. The heavenly messengers appeared consistently at other key points of our Lord’s earthly ministry and will appear with him when he comes.

EPHESIANS 1:15-23: There is a power which God works to make Christians what they are as their faith interweaves with their visible love. God further gives wisdom, revelation, enlightenment and the hope of their inheritance by that power. Again, that same power has exalted Christ in his resurrection and enthronement at the right hand of God. Ascended far above all power and dominion, our sovereign Lord Jesus, both fully divine and fully human, knows our human experiences, problems and needs. He directs his rule of all things for the benefit of his church.

LUKE 24:44-53: In this last teaching session with his disciples, Jesus alludes to the importance of all his redeeming activity in God’s sweeping plan carried out over thousands of years. The revelation of law through Moses and prophecy through especially inspired men all had fulfilment in Jesus’ redemption. Therefore his work needs proclamation in terms of repentance and forgiveness of sin. The church will continue this work. The disciples returned with joy after their Lord’s separation, for they knew that what was taken from them was merely his visible presence. He was, in reality, with them always.

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 ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 17 6-19 – year b – easter 7 ; Pr Tim Stringer
Based on 1 John reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 john 5 11-13- year b – easter 7
Based on Psalm 1: edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 1 – year b – easter 7
Based on Ascension readings: Pr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Vince Gerhardy

Orders of service:
Easter Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
NEW Ascension Day Word and Prayer (pdf / doc)
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
God gave us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son.
Whoever has the Son has life;
whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
(1 John 5:11,12 NRSV)

OR
Now I am no longer in the world,
but they are in the world.
They do not belong to the world,
just as I do not belong to the world.
As you have sent me into the world,
so I have sent them into the world.
(John 17:11a, 16, 18 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)

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.

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.

ALLELUIA VERSE
Alleluia.
(Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
Alleluia.)
Sanctify us in your truth;
your word is truth.  (based on John 17:17 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Ascension:
Alleluia.
(Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
Alleluia.)
(Jesus said:) ‘Go and make disciples of all nations;
and I am with you always, to the end of the age.’  (Matt 28:19,20 NRSV alt)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
Lord Jesus Christ,
thank you for making the Father known to us.
May we and all believers be one,
as you and the Father are one.
Amen.

Ascension Day
This 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.

Children’s Address: Easter 7B , Ascension

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.

Ascension Day
Living 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 7B , Ascension Day Litany

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.
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.

Alternatively, use the third prayers of the day at this point. They may be modified as follows.

Easter 7:
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. God has given you eternal life in his Son.
Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

Ascension Day
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 1:15-17,21-26
LHS

339    Praise to Thee and adoration* G4
AT
207    The Call
TIS
609    May the mind of Christ my Saviour

Second reading: 1 John 5:9-13
LHS

179    Christ alone is our salvation * G3
748    When Christ our Lord to Jordan came* G7
763    Now is eternal life (alt tune 176, G9)
AT
244    We have seen the Word of life
TIS
335    To Christ, the Prince of peace
385    Now is eternal life
632    In great thanksgiving

Gospel: John 17:6-19
LHS

169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5 (see TIS 378)
181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5 (mod TIS 551)
193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide* G9
197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5 (mod TIS 436)
199    Christ, Thou strong guardian* G9
260    Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide* G3
385    With all my heart I love Thee, Lord* G7
411    If God be my defender* G3
531    O Christ, who art the light and day
823    Your strong word broke through the darkness (esp v 3) G5
845    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands G5 (post-communion) (see TIS 496)
AT
93    Pass my love around
185    Jesus, Son of God and man
244    We have seen the Word of life
622  Out of this world
TIS
378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
436    Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
496    Strengthen for service Lord, the hands
551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus

Ascension Day
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 (see TIS 369)
112    Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3 (mod TIS 373)
113    Crown Him with many crowns G5 (see TIS 228)
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 (see TIS 231)
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 (see TIS 378)
528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5 (see TIS 212)
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 (see TIS 207)
221    Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word* G5 (mod TIS 450)
AT
103    Send your servant down the road
576    Bless us Lord (benediction)
TIS
207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
404    Lord God, the Spirit blest
450    Spread, O spread, almighty word

PSALM 1
The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 1 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Ellers (LH 514). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Happy are they whose love is in God’s law,
those who do not walk in ungodly ways,
those who don’t stand among the sinful crowd,
those who refuse to sit with those who scoff.

They meditate on God’s law day and night.
They are like trees that grow beside a stream;
they will bear fruit at every harvest time,
they will not die, but thrive in all they do.

But the ungodly – they are not like this!
They are like chaff that scatters in the wind.
They cannot stand before the Lord their judge
in the assembly of God’s righteous ones.

All those will perish who walk in the path
of the ungodly, following their way.
But the Lord knows the way of all his saints,
who love his law and live in righteousness.

PSALM 47

The song ‘Clap your hands’, by Jimmy Owens (ATA 166), is based on Psalm 47:1.

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 1 p1 , Psalm 1 p2 , Psalm 1 p3 , Psalm 1 p4 , Psalm 47 p82 , Psalm 47 p83 , Psalm 47 p84 , Psalm 93 p154 , Psalm 93 p155

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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