36A – Easter 6A

35A - Easter 5A37A - Ascension Day
 
See also my post from 2014 here …
 
Psalm 66:8-20 (A version for today)
Bless our God far and wide;
let the praise of the LORD be heard;
the LORD, the one who set us among the living,
who has not let our feet slip.
But you tested us, O God;
refining us as silver is refined.
You brought us into the wilderness,
and burdened us with wretchedness.
You let sickness control us;
we went through fire and water,
having been led out from abundance.
I shall enter your house with my burnt offerings
and fulfil my vows to you;
those which my lips promised
which my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.
I shall offer burnt offerings of fat lambs
and the smoke of burning rams.
I shall prepare an ox and goats. 
Come and hear, all you who hold God in holy awe;
I will tell you what the LORD has done for me.
I cried out to God with my mouth,
and high praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished the bad things of life in my heart
my Lord would not have listened.
But God has truly listened,
and has been attentive to the words of my prayer.
Blessed be God,
because the LORD God has not rejected my prayer;
the steadfast love of the LORD I will retell
over and over and over.

OFFERING
Holy and mysterious God,
as the psalmist brought offerings
in gratitude
we too bring an offering;
our lives
and the gifts of our living
that by the power of your Spirit within us,
we may extend your hospitality and generosity
to our neighbour. Amen

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2014.


A CREATIVE MOMENT – READING REF’CE
Continue to use the swathe of white and/or gold/yellow cloth flowing over the front of the worship/communion table and onto the floor as a basis for creativity and symbols during the Easter season.

Click here for some ideas for worship in Lent and Easter gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print), originally published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.


THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer, usually with connection to one or more of the lections for the day, to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession. Sometimes this prayer also borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)

Holy and mysterious God,
in whom we live and move and have our being;
by the gentle breath of your Spirit
strengthen those we name
in word and in silence;
rejoice with the hopeful;
be company to the lonely,
a comfort to all weighed down with grief
and those whose troubles are known only to you;
in Jesus’ name…

         (The Prayers of the People continue)


Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR EASTER 6A
Acts 17:22-31
All creatures of our God and King TIS 100 AHB 3
Bring many names, beautiful and good TIS 182
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing TIS 387 SA 018
For the beauty of the earth TIS 137 AHB 77
God of many names TIS 180
Help us, O Lord, to learn TIS 428
I know that my Redeemer TIS 202 AHB 132
In water we grow TIS 494
Jesus, where’er your people meet TIS 445 AHB 372
Sing, all creation, sing to God in gladness TIS 61 AHB 111
Spirit of truth, essential God TIS 426 AHB 332
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431 AHB 339
Psalm 66:8-20
Joyfully shout, all you on earth TIS 36
O God of Bethel, by whose hand TIS 564 AHB 49
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord TIS 161 AHB 109
1 Peter 3:13-22
By your kingly power, O risen Lord TIS 386 AHB 306
Come, God’s people, sing for joy TIS 391 SA 26
Rejoice, the Lord is king TIS 216 AHB 147
We know that Christ is raised TIS 489
John 14:15-21
Christ, from whom all blessings flow TIS 440 AHB 364
Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove TIS 402 AHB 311
Come down, O Love divine TIS 398
Come now everlasting Spirit TIS 509 AHB 429
Come, Holy Spirit, our souls inspire TIS 396 AHB 308
God sends us his Spirit to befriend TIS 412 AHB 324
Holy Spirit, come confirm us TIS 413 AHB 327
Lord God, the Spirit blest TIS 404 AHB 317
O Holy Spirit, enter in TIS 400
O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God TIS 401
O Spirit of the living God TIS 405 AHB 318
O breath of God, breathe on us now TIS 408 AHB 321

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