Tuesday, April 12, 2016

An Ordo for Easter 4 (17 April 2016)

Please note that Saint Faith's is using the Hebrew Bible reading suggested by the English Language Liturgical Consulation for the first reading and Psalm in Easter.

The Collect is taken from the Trial Use Texts prepared by the Liturgy Task Force of the Anglican Church of Canada.

The Fourth Sunday of Easter
17 April 2016

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain’  Common Praise #215


Alleluia!  Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia!
May his grace and peace be with us.
May he fill our hearts with joy.
There is one body and one Spirit;
there is one hope in God’s call to us;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God, the Source of all being.


‘Gloria, Gloria, in Excelsis Deo’  Common Praise #376 (thrice in English)

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Eternal God,
from whose gentle hands
none can snatch us away:
give us faith to believe
that we are known and loved
with a passion strong enough
to bring the whole world back to you;
through Jesus Christ, who is one with you,
the Source of life.  Amen. [i]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Isaiah (53.1-6).

            Who has believed what we have heard?  And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.

            Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

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

The Psalm of the Day

Psalm 114 with Refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (twice):  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

1 Hallelujah! 
When Israel came out of Egypt, *
            the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
2 Judah became the sanctuary of the Lord *
            and Israel the dominion of God.
3 The sea beheld it and fled; *
            Jordan turned and went back.
4 The mountains skipped like rams, *
            and the little hills like young sheep.

Refrain:  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

5 What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
            O Jordan, that you turned back?
6 You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
            You little hills like young sheep?
7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *
            at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *
            and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

Refrain:  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

The Second Reading

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (9.36-43).

            Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas.  She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.  At that time she became ill and died.  When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs.  Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.”  So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs.  All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them.  Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed.  He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.”  Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up.  He gave her his hand and helped her up.  Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive.  This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.  Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say’  Common Praise #508 vv. 1, 2

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (10.22-30).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem.  It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.  So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”  Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe.  The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.  My sheep hear my voice.  I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.  No one will snatch them out of my hand.  What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand.  The Father and I are one.”

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

Hymn after the Gospel

‘I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say’  Common Praise #508 v. 3

The Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God,  the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? 
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead. 
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? 
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen.

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

‘The King of Love My Shepherd Is’  Common Praise #520

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of loving care,
you spread before us the table of life,
and give us the cup of salvation to drink.
Keep us always in the fold of your Son Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and our shepherd.  Amen. [ii]

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.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,
for the glorious resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
the true Paschal Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin,
who in dying has destroyed death, and in rising has brought us to eternal life. 
And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection,
with earth and sea and all their creatures,
and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn: [iii]

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]

Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father: 
Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign. 
You have filled all creation with light and life;
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

We praise you for the grace shown to your people in every age: 
the promise to Israel, the rescue from Egypt,
the gift of the promised land, the words of the prophets;
and, at this end of all the ages, the gift of your Son,
who proclaimed the good news in word and deed
and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

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.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

Therefore, O God, with this bread and cup
we remember the life our Lord offered for us. 
And, believing the witness of his resurrection,
we await his coming in power
to share with us the great and promised feast. 
Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.

Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,
so that we who share in Christ’s body and blood
may live to the praise of your glory
and receive our inheritance with all your saints in light. 
Amen.  Come, Holy Spirit.

Join our prayers with those of your servants of every time and every place,
and unite them with the ceaseless petitions of our great high priest
until he comes as victorious Lord of all. 
Through him, with him, in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours, Creator of all,
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

‘Command Your Blessing from Above’  Common Praise #452 (sung to #96)

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

God of steadfast love,
watch over the Church redeemed by the blood of your Son.
May we who share in these holy mysteries
come safely to your eternal kingdom,
where there is one flock and one shepherd.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.  Amen. [vii]

May the light of God illumine your hearts.
May the flame of Christ kindle your love.
May the fire of the Spirit free you to live boldly.
And the blessing of holy and undivided Trinity:
Source of all being, Word of redemption and Spirit of wisdom,
be with you all, now and for ever.  Amen. [viii]

Closing Hymn

‘Through the Red Sea Brought at Last’  Common Praise #226

The Dismissal

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

[i] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects and Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion for Year C:  Easter during the Day through Pentecost’ (2015), 4.

[ii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 339.

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition (2006), 275.

[iv] Common Praise #719.

[v] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 66 alt.

[vi] Songs for a Gospel People #12.

[vii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 340.

[viii] J. Philip Newell, Celtic Benediction:  Morning and Night Prayer (2000), 5 alt.

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