Sunday, May 14, 2017

An Ordo for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

The Sixth Sunday of Easter
21 May 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘Truly, He Comes to Us’  Common Praise #204 vv. 1, 4, 5, 6

Introductory Responses

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.

The Hymn of Praise

‘Glory, in the Highest Glory’  Common Praise #366

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Three-fold God of love,
you invite us to abide in you.
May we follow the Spirit of truth,
so that through us your commanding love
may speak to the heart of the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [i]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from the prophet Ezekiel (34.1-7a).

            34.1 The word of the Lord came to me:  2 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?  3 You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep.  4 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.  5 So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd; and scattered, they became food for all the wild animals.  6 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.

            7 Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord.

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

The Psalm

Psalm 115 from Songs for the Holy One.

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

Not to us, O Holy One, not to us
            but to your name give glory
for your faithful love and constancy.
Why should the nations say,
            “Where is their God?”
Our God is in heaven,
            doing whatever God wishes.

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

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
            made by human hands.
They have mouths but do not speak,
            eyes but do not smell,
hands but do not fell,
            feet but do not walk;
            their throats make not a sound.
All who make the idols and trust them
            shall be come like them.

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

O Israel, trust the Holy One,
            who is your help and shield.
O house of Aaron, trust the Holy One,
            who is your help and shield.
All who revere the Holy One,
            trust the Holy One,
            who is your help and shield.
The Holy One is mindful of us,
            blessing the house of Israel
            and the house of Aaron,
blessing those who revere the Holy One,
            from the least to the greatest.

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

May the Holy One increase your numbers,
            both yours and your children’s.
May the Holy One, maker of heaven and earth,
            bless you.
The heavens belong to the Holy One,
            who gave the earth to humanity.
The dead cannot praise the Holy One,
            nor can all who go down into silence.
But we will bless the Holy One,
            now and forever!  Hallelujah!

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

The Second Reading

A reading from the First Letter of Peter (2.13-22).

            2.13 For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, 14 or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.  15 For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish.  16 As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil.  17 Honour everyone.  Love the family of believers.  Fear God.  Honour the emperor.

            18 Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh.  19 For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly.  20 If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that?  But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval.  21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.

            22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #715 (‘Alleluia’ refrain only)

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.

            14.15 [Jesus said,] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.  17 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.

            18 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.  19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.  20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.  21 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.

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Alleluia’  Common Praise #715 (‘Alleluia’ refrain only)

The Homily

The Nicene Creed

Let us confess our faith, as we say,

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

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

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘Come Away to the Skies’  Common Praise #225

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

Blessed are you, O God, ruler of heaven and earth.
Day be 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. [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:

You are holy, you are whole. 
You are always ever more
than we ever understand.
You are always at hand.
Blessed are you coming near.
Blessed are you coming here
to your church in wine and bread,
raised from soil, raised from dead.

You are holy,
you are wholeness,
you are present. 
Let the cosmos praise you, Lord!

Sing hosanna in the highest! 
Sing hosanna!  Sing hosanna to our God! [iii]

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. [iv]

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. [v]

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.

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.


The Hymn after Communion

‘Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless’  Common Praise #85

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

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. [vi]

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

‘Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling’  Common Praise #655 (sung to #536)


The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

[i] Liturgy Task Force (2016), 24.

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

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship #525.

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

[v] Songs for a Gospel People #12.

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

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