Lectionary -- Epiphany 6 (Ordinary 6) Year C
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Jeremiah 17:5-10 Blessed is anyone who trusts in the Lord.
Psalm 1 Happy is the one who does not take the counsel of the wicked
1 Corinthians 15:12-20 ...if Christ was not raised, your faith has nothing to it
Luke 6:17-26 Blessed are you when you are in need.
Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
|Hymns for Epiphany 6, Yr.C|
|O/Ps||All my hope on God is founded||560||465|
|G||Blessed Jesus at your word||513||352|
|G||Blest are the pure in heart||448||376|
|E||Christ is risen, shout hosanna!||394|
|G||Christ is the world's light||246||191|
|O||Christ is the world's Redeemer||192||123|
|E||Christ the Lord is risen today||370||290|
|G||Come God's people, sing for joy||191||26|
|O/G||Come we that love the Lord||356|
|G||Come ye faithful, raise the strain||278|
|G||Give thanks with a grateful heart||717|
|E||Hail the day that sees him rise||369||291|
|Ps||Happy are they who walk in God's wise way||1||43|
|G||I sing a song of the saints of God||551|
|O/Ps||If we will trust in God to guide us||554||459|
|O||In heavenly love abiding||588||504|
|G||Jesus calls us! O'er the tumult||589||505|
|E||Jesus Christ is risen today||362||280|
|E||Jesus lives! Your terrors now||372||294|
|E||Jesus the name high over all||218||150|
|E||Lift up your hearts unto the Lord||732|
|E||Now is eternal life||385||305|
|G||O changeless Christ, forever new||254||69|
|E||O Christ our hope our heart's desire||124|
|G||O Christ the healer we have come||638|
|O/G||O day of God draw near||616||547|
|G||O happy day that fixed my choice||406|
|G||O love how deep how broad how high||194||6|
|G||Put all your trust in God||555||464|
|G||Rejoice the Lord is King||216||147|
|There's a spirit in the air||414|
|E||This joyful Eastertide||381||302|
|We are your people||468||90|
|E||We know that Christ is raised||489|
|E||Ye choirs of new Jerusalem||279|
More suggested Hymns (numbers refer to the Australian Hymn Book, SA = Sing Alleluia, TIS = Together in Song)
14 (TIS 106) Now thank we all our God
287 (TIS 367) The strife is o'er, the battle done
303 (TIS 380) Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son
306 (TIS 386) By your kingly power, O risen Lord
322 (TIS 409) O breath of life, come sweeping through us
553 (TIS 620) O Jesus Christ, to thee may hymns be rising
Sermon summary (Click here for complete Sermon)
Resurrection of the Body
As all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. -- 1 Corinthians 15:22
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-20. Apostles Creed:- ... I believe ...the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Nicene Creed:- `resurrection of the dead'. Such belief was essential for Christians; not only for our hope of new life beyond death, but also because the Gospel was about the resurrection of Jesus. 1 Cor. 15:13-22.
Should we talk about these things today?
There are lessons to learn from census data. Catholic and evangelical churches grow [and the Uniting Church is supposed to be `catholic, evangelical and reformed']: consider teaching with authority from scripture and tradition; devotions with belief in the spiritual world and the hereafter; willingness to be different, even holy and pure; and unencumbered with worldly power and success.
The great resurrection debate
At the time of Jesus the resurrection of the dead was a topic of great debate. Jesus took issue with Sadducees who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. Mark 12:26-27 .. he interpreted the story in Exodus in quite a new way. Resurrection was not found in the Bible until the vary last part of the Old Testament of be written: see Daniel 12:1-2. [Also 2 Macc. 7:9, 23 etc. compare with Paul's experience 1 Cor. 15:32; and 2 Esdras 7:32, 37; 4:35, 40-43 in Apocrypha] So the Christian hope inspired the kind of life they led: 1 Peter 1:3.
Immortality of the Soul and Resurrection of the Body
There is no natural immortality in the Biblical understanding of human personality. So a human being is thought of as fully integrated personality; 1 Corinthians 15:44-45. Body can mean soul and soul can mean body: both are earthly. The holistic view of human personality is seen when Jesus quoted You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. -- Deuteronomy 6:5. at Mark 12:29-30. By man also came resurrection. The body that is raised is changed into a spiritual body, like the plant that grows from a seed, but that depends upon a positive action by God. [1 Cor. 15:27-29; 35-49]
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The Gathering of the People of God
CALL TO WORSHIP
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, ... and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead. -- Revelation 1:4-5
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. -- 1 Corinthians 15:20
HYMN Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son AHB 303 TIS 380
PRAYER OF ADORATION
We have failed to love you with all our heart and to be good stewards of your creation: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
We have failed to take up the cross of discipleship and to be good stewards of your gospel: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
We have failed to be faithful members of your church and to be good stewards of your spiritual gifts: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
The good news is that all who trust in Christ will have their sins forgiven and receive eternal life. As you hold this faith, I declare that you are set free from all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Thanks be to God.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER
Service of the Word
INTRODUCTION OF THEME: [A word to the children]
OLD TESTAMENT Jeremiah 17:5-10 Blessed is anyone who trusts in the Lord.
Psalm 1 Happy are they who walk in God's wise way HYMN SA 43
EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 15:12-20..if Christ was not raised, your faith has nothing to it
GOSPEL Luke 6:17-26 Blessed are you when you are in need.
HYMN O breath of life, come sweeping through us AHB 322 TIS 409
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's 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 to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
HYMN Now is eternal life AHB 305 TIS 385
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations and requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
.....Lord in you mercy,
Hear our prayer.
The Freedom of Serving God
O loving God,
you are the light of the minds that know you,
the life of the souls that love you,
and the strength of the hearts that serve you.
Help us to know you
that we may truly love you;
and so to love you
that we may faithfully serve you,
whom to serve is perfect freedom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Gelasian Sacramentary, 7th Century
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Almighty and everliving God, whose Son Jesus Christ healed the sick and restored them to wholeness of life: look with compassion on the anguish of the world, and by your power make whole all peoples and nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amens.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
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.
The Sending Forth of the People of God
HYMN In heavenly love abiding AHB 504 TIS 588
WORD OF MISSION
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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