Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Order for the Eucharist for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (25 May 2014)

Sixth Sunday of Easter
25 May 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘This Is the Day the Lord Hath Made’  Common Praise #373


Alleluia!  Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia!
May his grace and peace be with you.
May he fill our hearts with joy.


‘Alleluia No. 1’  Common Praise #405

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Trinity of love,
you invite us to abide in you:
may we follow the Spirit of truth
through desert wild and city street,
rutted field and snowbound height,
battleground and market square,
so that your demanding love
might speak to the heart of a searching world;
through Jesus Christ, our Brother.  Amen. [i]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Ezekiel (34.1-7a).

            The word of the Lord came to me:  Mortal, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel:  prophesy, and say to them — to the shepherds:  Thus says the Lord God:  Ah, you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves!  Should not shepherds feed the sheep?  You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep.  You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed, you have not sought the lost, but with force and harshness you have ruled them.  So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd; and scattered, they became food for all the wild animals.  My sheep were scattered, they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill; my sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with no one to search or seek for them.  Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 115 with Refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (twice):  All who revere the Holy One, trust God’s faithful love.

1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
but to your name give glory; *
            because of your love and because of your faithfulness.
2 Why should the heathen say, *
            ”Where then is their God?”
3 Our God is in heaven; *
            whatever God wills to do, God does.
4 Their idols are silver and gold, *
            the work of human hands.

Refrain:  All who revere the Holy One, trust God’s faithful love.

5 They have mouths, but they cannot speak; *
            eyes have they, but they cannot see;
6 they have ears, but they cannot hear; *
            noses, but they cannot smell;
7 they have hands, but they cannot feel;
feet, but they cannot walk; *
            they make no sound with their throat.
8 Those who make them are like them, *
            and so are all who put their trust in them.

Refrain:  All who revere the Holy One, trust God’s faithful love.

9 O Israel, trust in the Lord, *
            who is your help and your shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; *
            who is your help and your shield.
11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; *
            who is your help and your shield.
12 The Lord has been mindful of us and will bless us; *
            blessing the house of Israel and the house of Aaron;

Refrain:   All who revere the Holy One, trust God’s faithful love.

13 those who fear the Lord will be blessed, *
            both small and great together.
14 May the Lord increase you more and more, *
            you and your children after you.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord, *
            the maker of heaven and earth.
16 The heaven of heavens is the Lord’s, *
            but the Lord entrusted the earth to its peoples.
17 The dead do not praise the Lord, *
            nor all those who go down into silence;
18 But we will bless the Lord, *
            from this time forth for evermore. 

Refrain:  All who revere the Holy One, trust God’s faithful love.

The Second Reading

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (17.22-31).

            Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.  For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’  What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.  The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.  From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him — though indeed he is not far from each one of us.  For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’

            “Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.  While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Spirit of the Living God’  Common Praise #647 (sung twice)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (14.15-21).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            [Jesus said,] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.  This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

            “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.  In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.  On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.  They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Sermon

An Affirmation of the Resurrection

Let us affirm the message of the resurrection.

Goodness is stronger than evil;
love is stronger than hate;
light is stronger than darkness;
life is stronger than death;
victory is ours through Jesus who loved us. [ii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of the risen Christ be with you all.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘Jesus, Where’re Thy People Meet’  Common Praise #474

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Blessed are you, O God, ruler of heaven and earth.
Day by day you shower us with blessings.
As you have raised us to new life in Christ,
give us glad and generous hearts,
ready to praise you and to respond to those in need,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [iii]

The Thanksgiving at the Table

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
we give you thanks and praise
for the glorious resurrection of your Son
Jesus Christ our Lord;
for he is the true paschal lamb
who has taken away the sin of the world. 
By his death he destroyed death,
and by his rising to life again
he has won for us eternal life. 
Therefore, joining our voices
with the whole company of heaven,
we sing our joyful hymn of praise
to proclaim the glory of your name.

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might. 
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. [iv]

Blessed are you, O God of the universe. 
Your mercy is everlasting
and your faithfulness endures from age to age.

Praise to you for creating the heavens and the earth. 
Praise to you for saving the earth from the waters of the flood. 
Praise to you for bringing the Israelites safely through the sea. 
Praise to you for leading your people
through the wilderness to the land of milk and honey. 
Praise to you for the words and deeds of Jesus, your anointed one. 
Praise to you for the death and resurrection of Christ. 
Praise to you for your Spirit poured out on all nations.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: 
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup,
gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: 
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.

With this bread and cup
we remember our Lord’s Passover from death to life
as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died. 
Christ is risen. 
Christ will come again.

O God of resurrection and new life: 
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us
and on these gifts of bread and wine. 
Bless this feast. 
Grace our table with your presence.
Come, Holy Spirit.

Reveal yourself to us in the breaking of the bread. 
Raise us up as the body of Christ for the world. 
Breathe new life into us. 
Send us forth, burning with justice, peace and love.
Come, Holy Spirit.

With the ever-blessed Virgin Mary,
blessed Joseph, blessed Faith
and your holy ones of all times and places,
with the earth and all its creatures,
with sun and moon and stars,
we praise you, O God,
blessed and holy Trinity,
now and forever.  Amen. [v]

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen. [vi]

The Breaking of the Bread

Lord, we died with you on the cross.
Now we are raised to new life.
We were buried in your tomb.
Now we share in your resurrection.
Live in us, that we may live in you.

The gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.


Hymn after Communion

‘Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song’  Common Praise #635

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

Life-giving God,
in the mystery of Christ’s resurrection
you send light to conquer darkness,
water to give new life,
and the bread of life to nourish your people.
Send us forth as witnesses to your Son’s resurrection,
so that we may show your glory to all the world,
through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.  Amen. [vii]

Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine. 
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

Closing Hymn

‘Come Away to the Skies’  Common Praise #225

The Dismissal

Let us go forth in the name of Christ.  Alleluia, alleluia!
Thanks be to God.  Alleluia, alleluia!

[i] Steven Shakespeare, Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009), 24 alt.

[ii] Desmond Tutu as quoted in Janet Morley, ed., Bread for Tomorrow:  Prayers for the Church Year (1992), 117.

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 64.

[iv] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), #525.

[v] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 111.

[vi] Songs for a Gospel People #12.

[vii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 65.

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