5/26/19 6th Sunday of Easter Morning Prayer

The congregation is invited to stand, as able, at those times marked with an *

Bold print, the community speaks as one. +, people may make the sign of the cross

 

Morning Prayer + 6th Sunday of Easter

 

INTRODUCTION

Visions abound in the readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter. Paul has a vision of what to do. John has a vision of what will be. The risen Lord Jesus provides visions of peace that passes human understanding and power beyond human imagination.

 

NOTES ABOUT WORSHIP TODAY

This morning’s order of service is Morning Prayer. The Christian discipline of daily prayer goes back to the ancient Church practices, as well as the set times of prayer in Judaism. At morning prayer, we give thanks for the gift of new life in Christ and seek God’s grace for the day ahead. The Thanksgiving for Baptism highlights our common baptismal patter of daily prayer, with its rhythm of dying and rising with Christ. Also, the services of daily prayer in the community may be led by any baptized member. For more on the importance of Daily Prayer and the Presbyterian understanding and practice, see the Book of Order’s Directory for Worship, W-5.0102.

 

Today’s ordering is a version of Morning Song where the hymns move us into the presence of God in praise and worship and open us up to hear the Word and then be sent.

 

Ordinarily, an offering is not received during Daily Prayer. Hence, the ushers will be in the Narthex (great entrance hall) to collect any tithes or offerings.

 

PRELUDE: Prelude on THAXTED (based on Jupiter, from The Planets)Gustav Holst; setting by Christine Sullivan Robbins

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

As a matter of hospitality, we invite everyone to fill out the information in the red fellowship pad found on each pew at the center aisle and pass it down so everyone may be greeted by name during the passing of the peace. Written announcements can be found at the back of the bulletin.

*OPENING SENTENCE AND PRAYER OF THE DAY (John 14:23)

Alleluia. “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them,

and we will come to them and make our home with them.” Alleluia.

Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your word, that empowered by your Spirit we may love one another and the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

*GATHERING HYMNS

# 386           Come, Worship God

# 364           Lift Up the Gates Eternal

# 12             Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

 

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

 

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the new life you raise up in us
through the mystery of our baptism—
the sorrow of the heavy cross,

the surprise of the empty tomb,

the love that death could not destroy.

By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
fill us with the joy of resurrection,
so that we may be a living sign

of your new heaven and new earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Friends, let us remember your baptism and be thankful.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

THE PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

 

The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace

and reconciliation.

 

OFFERING OF MUSIC: Healer of Our Every Ill- words & music by Marty Haugen

Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.

You who know our fears and sadness, grace us with your peace and gladness. Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts.

In the pain and joy beholding how your grace is still unfolding, give us all your vision, God of love.

Give us strength to love each other, every sister, every brother. Spirit of all kindness, be our guide.

You who know each thought and feeling, teach us all your way of healing. Spirit of compassion, fill each heart.

Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.

 

CHILDREN’S TIME

ALL SING # 853   We Are Marching in the Light of God

THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION

 

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

Eternal God,

we praise you that your glory has dawned on us,
and brought us into this Day of Resurrection.

We rejoice that the grave could not hold your Son,

and that he has conquered death,

risen to rule over all powers of this earth.

We praise you that he summons us into new life,
to follow him with joy and gladness.

By your Spirit,

lift us from doubt and despair,

and set our feet in Christ’s holy way,
that our lives may be signs of his life,

and all we have may show forth his love.
Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Trusting God’s promise of new life, we pray for the renewal of the church, the world, and all of creation.

 

A brief silence.

 

Prevail upon us with your Spirit. Convince us daily that you have called us to proclaim the good news of your grace. Let all who love you proclaim your word of life. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Feed us with the bounty of your creation. Bless the earth with enough rain and sunshine for the flourishing of orchards, gardens, and fields. Give us thankful hearts as we share the fruit of the land with all who hunger. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

The leaves of your tree of life are for the healing of the nations. Bring an end to civil war, genocide, terrorism, and violence. Overcome divisions of race, politics, and religion. Mend relationships across borders and across oceans (especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Our hearts are troubled and afraid. Visit us again with your peace. Comfort those facing uncertain futures: those who are unemployed or underemployed, those in difficult relationships, those with chronic pain, those waiting for news about their health, and those who are sick (especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

We give you thanks for all who have died in service to nation. Inspire us to walk in your light and to live for the sake of freedom and justice for your children. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

Here other intercessions may be offered.

 

Open the gates of salvation to all who are written in your book of life. This week we commemorate Augustine of Canterbury; John Calvin; Bernard of Menthon; Maximinus of Trier; Joan of Arc; Watchman Nee; Mary, the Mother of Jesus; Reinhold Niebuhr; and Justin Martyr. We also commemorate the signing of the Barmen Declaration of 1934, which is part of our Presbyterian Confessions of Faith. Lead us into the city that needs no light of sun or moon, where you will be our light forever. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

 

We commend these and all our prayers to you, O God. Come near to us with your saving help, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord, who taught us to pray:

Our Father

who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power

and the glory, forever.

 

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION # 688 Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart (verses 1 & 5)

 

FIRST READING: Acts 16:9-15

A vision compels Paul to move his ministry into Greece. There he meets Lydia, an important person in the business community, whose heart has been opened by God to receive the gospel. Her conversion and baptism provide the impetus for the founding of the church at Philippi.

 

9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

11We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. 13On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. 14A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. 15When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

PSALM 67, Hymn # 341                    O God, Show Mercy to Us

 

SECOND READING: Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5

John’s vision of a new Jerusalem coming out of heaven provides continuity with God’s past actions. Yet in this new city, God’s presence replaces the temple, and the glory of God and the Lamb supplant sun and moon.

 

10And in the spirit [one of the angels] carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. 22I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25Its gates will never be shut by day and there will be no night there. 26People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22:1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; 4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

GOSPEL: John 5:1-9

Jesus performs a healing miracle on the sabbath. In doing so he both reveals divine creative power and teaches a richer, deeper meaning for the sabbath as a healing and creative time.

 

1After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. 3In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” 8Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” 9At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a sabbath.

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

BRIEF MEDITATION  

 

*HYMNS                                          # 490           Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters

                                                           #293             Loving Spirit

 

*SENDING HYMN # 295                  Go to the World!

 

*BLESSING & DISMISSAL

 

POSTLUDE: SINE NOMINE- Ralph Vaughan Williams, setting by John Purifoy

 

MUSIC CONTRIBUTORS:

NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year C) and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018). Commemoration of Saints is from the 2018 Book of Common Worship, starting on pg 1145.

 

Calendar of Commemorations:

MAY

26      Augustine of Canterbury (d. 604)

27      John Calvin (1509– 1564)

28      Bernard of Menthon (c. 923– 1008)

29      Maximinus of Trier (d. c. 349)

30      Joan of Arc (1412– 1431)

Watchman Nee (1903– 1972)

31      Mary, the Mother of Jesus: The Visitation (Luke 1: 39– 56)

The signing of the Barmen Declaration (1934)

JUNE

1        Reinhold Niebuhr (1892– 1971)

Justin Martyr (c. 100– c. 165)

 

Presbyterian Church. Book of Common Worship. Presbyterian Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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