38B – Easter 7B

37B - Ascension Day39B - Day of Pentecost
 
(Ascension Sunday)

PSALM 1
Happy is the person who does not follow the advice of the wicked
nor take the way of sinners,
nor sit amongst the scornful.
His or her delight is in the teaching of the LORD,
meditating on it day and night 
Such a person is like a single tree,
planted in the midst of a vast irrigation system;
it bears fruit in its right time,
and its leaves never wither.
And their every endeavour is successful.
This is not how it is for the wicked;
rather, they are like chaff which the wind scatters.
And so, the wicked shall not stand in the judgement (place),
nor the sinners in the assembly of the godly;
for the LORD watches over the way of the godly person,
but the way of the wicked shall pass away.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (From Psalm 1)
Merciful God,
creator of all that is, seen and unseen,
our delight is in your word
and we have a deep sense of your presence
when we allow it to fill our lives night and day,
but there are times when we listen to the advice
of those who rebel against you,
times when we can be found with those who scorn.
We experience your blessings
like a tree that is planted beside a never-failing stream,
but there are times when we do not bear the fruits of your abundance.

Steadfast and loving God, 
renew us by your nurture and blessing,
so that we may prosper in your ways.
Watch over us,
so that the ways of the wicked pass from us. Amen.

Psalm 1 
The person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of the scoffers
is blessed;
such a person experiences delight in the teaching of the LORD,
musing on it, day and night.
They are like a single tree, planted in the midst of a vast irrigation system;
it bears fruit in its right time,
and its leaves never wither.
And his or her every endeavour is successful.
This is not how it is for the wicked;
rather, they are like chaff which the wind scatters.
And so, the wicked shall not stand in the judgement (place),
nor the sinners in the assembly of the godly;
for the LORD cares about the way of the godly person,
but the way of the wicked shall pass away.

REFLECTING ON PSALM 1
Meditating day and night on your instruction, O Lord
I find delight and a sense of completeness,
of satisfaction, after a meal with friends.
There is no joy in the shallow and momentary pleasures
of those who sneer at the misfortune of others,
or scoff and babble in idle chatter,
and disregard the lovingkindness of your ways, O LORD.
To sit under your word, O LORD,
is like being lifted out of the parched soil of my old life,
and replanted in rich soil beside everflowing streams of plentiful, cool water.
It seems that I continue to bear the abundant fruit of your presence
in my life,
and there is fresh growth within me
— like a tree which is always sprouting new leaves —
which rouses delight, even amazement, in others.
There were times when it was not so;
I felt disconnected, chaff-like, blown about by fickle winds.
But the persistent blowing of your Spirit, gracious LORD,
has brought me to new life
under your watching and caring,
within the great congregation of your faithful people.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2012.
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A CREATIVE MOMENT – Psalm 1
This might lend itself to dramatic mime by a group as the psalm is being read by one voice.

Also, 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 to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer will borrow lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
 
God of all grace,
in you is hope which has endured
throughout every age.
In that hope we remember before you now
those we have named on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts.
Help us bring consolation to those known to us,
return to our memory those whom we have forgotten
and be present to those who have no-one
that they may have life …
      (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

EASTER 7 – YEAR B
   
All hail the power of Jesus’ name TIS 224 AHB 159
Blessed be the everlasting God TIS 114
Crown him with many crowns TIS 228 AHB 163
Father, Lord of all Creation TIS 631 AHB 567
Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one accord TIS 411 AHB 328
Happy are they who walk in God’s wise ways TIS 1 SA 43
In the presence of your people TIS 727 SA 52
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun TIS 207 AHB 136
Jesus, lover of my soul TIS 211 AHB 139
May the grace of Christ our Saviour TIS 777 AHB 373
O Spirit of the living God TIS 405 AHB 318
Pour out thy Spirit from on high TIS 451 AHB 378
Praise, my soul, the king of heaven; TIS 134 AHB 68
Son of God, eternal Saviour TIS 606 AHB 529
Ye gates lift up your heads TIS 12 AHB 286
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Holy Spirit, go before us TIS 420
O for a heart to praise my God TIS 568 AHB 476
Spread, O spread, almighty word TIS 450
Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands TIS 496 AHB 417
Psalm 1
Blessed are those whose way is blameless TIS 75
Happy are they who walk in God’s wise ways TIS 1 SA 43
l John 5:9-13
Firmly I believe and truly TIS 140 AHB 78
In great thanksgiving TIS 632
Now is eternal life TIS 385 AHB 305
Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast TIS 502
This is the truth we hold TIS 469
To Christ, the Prince of peace TIS 335
John 17:6-19
Lord, keep us steadfast in your word TIS 436
Now is eternal life TIS 385 AHB 305
O love how deep, how broad, how high! TIS 194 AHB 6
Praise for the Spirit of God TIS 423
Son of God, eternal Saviour TIS 606 AHB 529
We are your people, TIS 468 SA 90

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