Lectionary - Easter 6 Year B

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 Acts 10:44-48 The Holy Spirit came even on gentiles
Psalm 98 Sing a new song to the Lord
1 John 5:1-6 Everyone who believes in Jesus is a child of God
John 15:9-17 You are my friends

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)

Acts 10: 44-48
Come down, O Love divine TIS.398 AHB.310
Filled with the Spirit's power TIS.411 AHB.328
Fold to your heart your sister and your brother TIS.587 AHB.503
Holy Spirit, come, confirm us TIS.413 AHB.327

Psalm 98

O sing a new song to the Lord TIS.56 AHB.196
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty TIS.111 AHB.28
Sing to the Lord a new song TIS.57 SA.3

1 John 5: 1-6
Lord Jesus, we belong to you TIS.686 AT Everybody.292
Our Father by whose name SA.71
Rock of Ages, cleft for me TIS.222 AHB.157

John 15: 9-17
Help us accept each other TIS.648 SFGP.8
I come with joy to meet my Lord TIS.533 AHB.452
The Son of God proclaim TIS.528 SA.84
This is my will, my one command TIS.641 AHB.401
Where there is charity and love TIS.434 AHB/CS.591

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
SA 90 We are your people
  93 (TIS 153)God is love, let heaven adore him
102 (TIS 166)Sing and new song, sing a new song
105 (TIS 164)The great love of God/ is revealed in his Son
153 (TIS 220)This, this is the God we adore
224 (TIS 268)Joy to the world!
391 (TIS 459)In Christ there is no east or west
401 (TIS 641) This is my will/ my one command
537 (TIS 609) May the mind of Christ my Saviour
571 (TIS 699) A new commandment, I give unto you
576 (TIS 771) Now to him who loved us

Sermon summary (click here for complete sermon)Your are my friends

Friendship. What a wonderful thing it is!

In good mature friendships there is a mutuality of respect in which no one is enslaved or overly dependent upon the other. Whether friends are equal in status, or in age or whatever, is not the main point: their relationship is governed by mutual confidence in the care they have for each other. It was that mature kind of friendship that Jesus offered his disciples (John 15:13-15).

Yet his willingness to serve them did not contradict his leadership (John 13:12-14). He could retain his authority as a servant leader.

That the status question can be set aside is perhaps most clearly illustrated in the way that the ancient leaders of the nation of Israel were called friends of God. Eg Moses, Abraham, Jacob (Exodus 33:11; 2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23). So it is not surprising that when Jesus called the disciples his friends, and was even prepared to die for them, at the same time he said: You are my friends if you do what I command you.

Jesus made a point of saying that he did not expect their loyalty simply because they were his servants who must obey him, but more because they understood what he was about. (John 15:15). His willingness to be friends and share his meals with all sort was one thing that marked him out as different. (Matthew 11:19 cf. Luke 15:6-7, 9, 29).

The wine we share signifies the new relationship with God which he established, and modeled with his friends. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. {14} You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John 15:13-14).

Order of service - Easter 6 Year B - | DB Home | RCL Resources Index | Questions and Comments |
 The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP Let us worship God in the name of his Son Jesus Christ,
our shepherd and our friend.

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God,
and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. -- 1 John 5:1

HYMN 102 Sing and new song, sing a new song

Merciful God, our Maker and our Judge,
We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed:
We have not loved you with our whole heart,
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves;
We repent, and are sorry for all our sins.
Father, forgive us.
Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. -- 1 Timothy 1:15
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: Hymn 576Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Friendship with God: is it possible?
FIRST READING Acts 10:44-48 The Holy Spirit came even on gentiles
HYMN 196 O sing a new song to the Lord [Ps.98]
EPISTLE 1 John 5:1-6 Everyone who believes in Jesus is a child of God
GOSPEL John 15:9-17 You are my friends

HYMN 224 Joy to the world!
SHARING TIME [Notices, Celebrations and requests for intercessions]
Father, we pray for the holy catholic Church;
that we all may be one.

Grant that every member of the church
may truly and humbly serve you;
that your name may be glorified by all people.

We pray for all ministers of the gospel;
that they may faithfully proclaim your Word
and administer your holy sacraments.

We pray for all who govern and hold authority
in the nations of the world;
that there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
that our works may find favour in your sight.

Have compassion on those who suffer
from any grief or trouble;
that they may be delivered from their distress

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
may we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our community
for the life and worship of this congregation
and for those whose needs are known to us.....
Let us pray for ourselves.....

Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you riches beyond imagination. Pour into our hearts such love toward you, that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
 The Lord's Supper

HYMN 452 I come with joy to meet my Lord
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Thanks and praise ..... in the eternal hymn: [SA 100c and 100d]

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
We thank you ....

[The great prayer of thanksgiving continues, recalling God's goodness in caring for his people, the life and saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ, how he commanded his disciples to remember him with the bread and the wine, and we pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit on us and what we do.]

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of hymn book]
THE LAMB OF GOD [Sing Alleluia 100e]
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNIONThe Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 153 This, this is the God we adore [tune ii]
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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