Worship for Sixth Sunday of Easter Sunday

May 22nd, 2022

Opening Music

Souvenir Opus 10 No. 1

(by G. Karganoff)

Words of Greeting

Invitation to Worship

Alleluia! The Lord is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

May his grace and peace be with you.

May he fill our hearts with joy.

Praise the God of our Lord Jesus.

He gave us new life and hope by raising Jesus from the dead.

Rejoice, then, even in your distress.

We shall be counted worthy when Christ appears.

God has claimed us as his own.

God has called us from our darkness into the light of his day.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

O come, let us worship.

God’s Word for God’s People

The First Reading

A Reading from the Book of Apostolic Acts. (16:9-15)

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. On the Sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Psalm

(67)

The Nations Called to Praise God

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,

That your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

Let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

For you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

Let all the peoples praise you.

The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;

Let all the ends of the earth revere him.

The Second Reading

A Reading from the Book of the Revelation to John. (21:10, 22-22:5)

Then in the spirit one of the seven angels carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day – and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honour of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practises abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there anymore. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Gospel Introduction

The Gospel

A reading from the Gospel of John. (5:1-9)

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids – blind, lame, and paralysed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a Sabbath.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

The Reflection

 

Hymn

Blessed Jesus, At Your Word

(Common Praise 559 – tune: Liebster Jesu by Tobias Clausnitzer)

 

Blessed Jesus, at your word we are gathered all to hear you.

Let our hearts and souls be stirred now to seek and love and fear you.

By your gospel pure and holy, teach us, Lord, to love you solely.

 

All our knowledge, sense, and sight lie in deepest darkness shrouded,

Till your Spirit breaks our night with your beams of truth unclouded.

You alone to God can win us; you must work all good within us.

 

Glorious Lord, yourself impart! Light of Light, from God proceeding,

Open lips and ears and heart; help us by your Spirit’s leading.

Hear the cry your church now raises; Lord, accept our prayers and praises.

Proclaiming Our Faith

The Shema

Together let us proclaim our faith. Hear, O Israel,

the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

This is the first and the great commandment.

The second is like it: love your neighbour as yourself.

There is no commandment greater than these.

 

The Easter Litany

In joy and hope let us pray to the source of all life, saying, “Hear us, Lord of glory!”

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his holy and life-giving resurrection, let us pray to the Lord. Hear us, Lord of glory!

That isolated and persecuted churches may find fresh strength in the Easter gospel, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That he may grant us humility to be subject to one another in Christian love, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That he may provide for those who lack food, work, or shelter, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That by his power wars and famine may cease through all the earth, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That he may reveal the light of his presence to the sick, the weak, and the dying,

that they may be comforted and strengthened, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people,

that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

 

The Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.

Gracious God, Holy One,

you breathe the word of love and the promise of new creation into the deepest places of our lives.

Through a vision you sent forth Paul to preach the gospel

and called the women to a place of prayer on the Sabbath.

Like Paul and Lydia, may our hearts respond to your word and be open to go where you lead us. Amen.

 

Our Prayer for St. Peter’s, Cobourg

Gracious God,

we pray for this our parish church of St. Peter.

We thank you for the richness of our history and all those who have served you through the years.

We thank you also for the future into which you are calling us.

Give us faith to go forward with good courage into that future, not knowing where we go,

but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Praying As Jesus Taught

As Jesus taught us, let us pray.

(Silence is kept.)

Gracious and loving God, 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 forever. Amen.

The Doxology

Glory to God,

whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Jesus the Christ, forever and ever.

Amen.

The Blessing

Creator God you have blessed us with the sun that shines above us,

with the rain that falls upon us, with the earth that sustains us,

with the air that surrounds us, with the love that binds us.

Amen.

The God who has made us, who loves us and who gives us life, blesses and keeps us.

Amen.

The blessing of the God of all creation, Eternal Glory, Incarnate Word and Abiding Spirit

rests upon us always.

Amen.

Going Into the World

Go into the world in the peace of the risen Christ.

We go into the world in the peace of the risen Christ to love and serve the Lord. Amen. May it be so.

 

Concluding Music

Sarabande

(by G. F. Handel)

 

The church of St. Peter’s, Cobourg respectfully acknowledges

that we are in the traditional and treaty territory of the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and Chippewa Nations,

collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include:

Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations.

The people of St. Peter’s respectfully acknowledge that the Williams Treaties First Nations

have been stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters,

and that today they remain vigilant over their health and integrity for future generations.

We are all treaty people.