Posted by Ascension

When:
May 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
2020-05-10T11:00:00+01:00
2020-05-10T12:00:00+01:00

A MORNING ORDER OF SERVICE

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Grace and peace to us from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

We pause to remember:

Two years ago in A Nation’s Tribute on Remembrance Day 2018 remembering ‘Battle’s Over’ the nation remembered, commemorated and prayed a century after ‘the war to end all wars’. Today we remember, commemorate and pray at the end of World War 2 in Europe that generations after us will not repeat the behaviour of the past century and seek peace, justice, equitable health and conditions and prosperity for all rather than a few. And so we again remember, honour, and commit ourselves to learn and to act. Lest we forget.

Let us remember those who so selflessly gave their lives at home and abroad, whose sacrifice enables us to enjoy the peace and freedom we have today.  Let us remember those who came home wounded, physically and mentally, and the friends and family who cared for them.  Let us remember those who returned to restore their relationships and rebuild their working lives after years of dreadful conflict and turmoil.  Let us remember the families that lost husbands, sons and sweethearts; and those who lost the women who served often so invisibly. Let us remember the servicemen, merchant seamen, miners, brave civilians and others from Commonwealth and Allied countries – who fought, suffered and died during the years of war.  Let us remember those in reserved occupation and the brave people who kept us safe on the home front – the doctors and nurses who cared for the wounded, the women and men who toiled in the fields, those who worked in the factories, who all played such a vital role in the war effort at home.

[Silence]

O Lord, our God, as we remember, teach us the ways of peace. As we treasure memories, teach us to hope. As we give thanks for the sacrifices of the past, help us to make your future in this world, until the Lord of all reappears in glory.
Amen.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read –  Christ, Be Our Light

  1.   Longing in light, we wait in darkness.
    Longing for Truth, we turn to you.
    Make us your own, your holy people,
    light for the world to see.

Refrain

Christ, be our light!  Shine in our hearts.  Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!  Shine in your church gathered today.

2.  Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has power to save us.
Make us your living voice.

3. Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us your bread, broken for others,
shared until all are fed.

4. Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us your building, sheltering others
walls made of living stone.

5. Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
making your kingdom come.

(C) 1993. Bernadette Farrell.  Published by OCP.  All rights reserved.
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Opening Sentences:
I will sing to the Lord, because he has won a glorious victory.
The Lord is my strong defender; he is the one who has saved me.
His right hand is awesome in power;
it breaks the enemy in pieces.
Faithful to his promise, he led the people he had rescued;
by his strength he guided them to his sacred land.
He brings them in and plants them on his mountain,
the place that he has chosen for his home, 
the temple that he himself has built.
The Lord will be king forever and ever.
(Exodus 15: 1, 2, 6, 13, 17, 18)

Prayers:
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
 
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his 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 into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Psalm: Psalm 146 Paraphrase

Verses1-4
Praise the Lord, my soul! I’ll praise him all my days.
Trust no human leader – mortals bring no aid.
Their breath departs, their bodies turn to dust,
all their plans will perish, as all creatures must.

Verses 5,6
Blest are those who find their help in Jacob’s God.
Blest are those whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He made the sky, the sea, and all the earth.
He is always faithful, always keeps his word.

Verses 7,8
The Lord feeds the hungry, sets the prisoner free,
by his healing power the blind are made to see,
he gives his justice to all those oppressed,
lifts up those bowed down, and loves all righteousness.

Verses 9.10
Strangers, widows, orphans know his loving grace.
But he brings to ruin every wicked way.
The Lord will reign forever, Zion’s God.
Through all generations, praise the Lord our God!

Words: © David Schütz. Lutheran Church of Australia Worship Resources.  Tune: Nöel Nouvelet (French Carol)

Preparing to hear God’s Word:
Let us pray that we love others… (Silence)
Merciful Father, you have reached out to all people through your Son Jesus, who died for us all. Encourage us to live as your chosen people and give of ourselves to others. We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

The Bible Readings:
First Reading – Acts 6: 1-9a; 7:2a, 51-60
This is the Word of the Lord.            Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – 1 Peter 2: 1-10
This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Third Reading – John 14: 1-14
This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – The Church’s one foundation (644LSB) v.1 &2

1. The Church’s one foundation
is Jesus Christ her Lord,
She is his new creation
by water and the Word.
From heaven he came and sought her
to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her
and for her life he died.

2. Elect from every nation,
yet one o’er all the earth;
her charter of salvation,
one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy name she blesses
partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses,
with every grace endued.

Address:

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – The Church’s one foundation (644LSB) v.3 – 5
3. Though with a scornful wonder
the world sees her sore oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder,
by heresies distressed:
Yet saints their watch are keeping,
their cry goes up, “How long?”
and soon the night of weeping
shall be the morn of song!

4. ‘Mid toil and tribulation,
and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation
of peace for evermore;
till, with the vision glorious,
her longing eyes are blest,
and the great Church victorious
shall be the Church at rest.

5. Yet she on earth has union
with God the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won:
O blessèd heav’nly chorus!
Lord, save us by your grace
that we, like saints before us,
May see you face to face.

Words: Samuel J Stone (1839 – 1900)  Music: Aurelia Samuel S Wesley (1810 – 1876)

Responses:
Lord, I call to you for help. In the morning I pray to you.
I am filled with praise for you, and proclaim your glory all day long.
Close your eyes to my sins, and wipe away all my evil.
Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence; do not take your holy spirit away from me. Give me the joy that comes from your salvation, and make me eager to please you.
Be gracious, Lord, this day,
and keep us free from sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord;
have mercy on us.
Let your goodness and love be with us, as we put our hope in you.
Listen to my prayer, Lord, and hear my cry for help.

The Offering:
Let us pause and thank God for all his gifts to us and then offer ourselves and what we have to him. (Silence)
Gracious Father, we offer with joy and thanks what you have first given us –  ourselves, our time and our possessions –  as signs of your goodness and symbols of our love.  Accept them for the sake of Jesus Christ,  who offered himself for us. Amen.

The Prayers:
Let us pray that the results of Christ’s resurrection may be seen throughout the world.

Amen.

I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have protected me through the night from all harm and danger. I ask you to keep me this day, too, from all sin and evil, so that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may please you. In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.

The Blessing:
Let us praise the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.
Amen.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – I want to walk as a child of the light (411LSB)

1. I want to walk as a child of the light,
I want to follow Jesus
God set the stars to give light to the world,
the star of my life is Jesus.

Refrain
In him there is no darkness at all;
the night and day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God;
shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

2. I want to see the brightness of God,
I want to look at Jesus;
clear sun of righteousness, shine on my path
and show me the way to the Father.

3. I’m looking for the coming of Christ;
I want to be with Jesus.
When we have run with patience the race
we shall know the joy of Jesus.

Words and music: Kathleen Thomerson (1934 – )
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