May 12, 2024 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Acts 1:15–17, 21–26
Matthias is chosen as one of the twelve apostles, replacing Judas.

Psalm 1
Happy are those who delight in the law of the Lord.

1 John 5:9–13
Whoever believes in the Son of God has the gift of eternal life.

John 17:6–19
Jesus prays for the protection and sanctification of his followers.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

What a blessing!
We gather to listen and to discern God’s will.
What a fellowship!
We join together and share our testimony
in the presence of God.
Our delight in God will be our song of praise.
We come to worship God with our whole hearts.

Prayer of the Day

Saving God,
your goodness supports us
as we learn to hope and trust in it.
As the world moves on, day by day,
we hold onto your promise
of life in the face of death,
your salvation miracle.
We yearn to build a community of faith
in which we can flourish,
so that, embracing this good news,
we might share your grace and mercy with others.
Hear our prayer. Amen.

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving For Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the new life you raise up in us
through the mystery of our baptism—
the sorrow of the heavy cross,
the surprise of the empty tomb,
the love that death could not destroy.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
fill us with the joy of resurrection,
so that we may be a living sign
of your new heaven and new earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
The Spirit of God helps us in our weakness,
interceding with sighs too deep for words.
Romans 8:26

Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

O Christ who prayed for us, died for us, and lives for us,
you taught us that we belong to you,
and your word is our truth.
Forgive us, O Lord, when we live as if
we belonged only to ourselves.
Forgive us, O Lord, when we foolishly think
that power is the ultimate truth.
Speak your words of peace to us this day,
and make our lives a testimony to your grace.
For you are the source of life itself,
and only in you can we truly live.

Lifting water from the font:
Hear the good news of God’s promise:
I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved.
Acts 2:17, 21

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God.

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Living God, with joy we celebrate
the presence of your risen Word.
Enliven our hearts by your Holy Spirit
so that we may proclaim the good news
of eternal and abundant life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings:
O dry bones,
hear the world of the Lord.
Ezekiel 37:4

After the readings:
This is the good news
which we have received,
in which we stand,
and by which we are saved.
Thanks be to God.
1 Corinthians 15:1–2


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
All authority and power and dominion
to the name that is above all names—
Jesus Christ our Lord—
now and in the age to come. Amen.
Ephesians 1:21

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Season of Easter, Day of Pentecost
God the Holy Spirit
fulfills the work of reconciliation in human life.
The Holy Spirit creates and renews the church
as the community in which people are reconciled
to God and to one another.
The Spirit enables people to receive forgiveness
as they forgive one another
and to enjoy the peace of God
as they make peace among themselves.
In spite of their sin,
the Spirit gives people power
to become representatives of Jesus Christ
and his gospel of reconciliation to all.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.20

Prayers of the People

In the blessed hope of the resurrection,
we pray to the Lord of endless life, saying:
By your grace, O God, raise us from death to life.

Life-giving God, we pray for the church . . .
Sanctify us in the truth of your word
so that we may go forth and live in the world
as a joyful sign of your salvation.
By your grace, O God, raise us from death to life.

Life-giving God, we pray for the world . . .
Anoint leaders with a heart for service.
Strengthen them to pursue justice and peace
and seek the welfare of all people.
By your grace, O God, raise us from death to life.

Life-giving God, we pray for this community . . .
Let us be like trees, planted by the water,
delighting in your way of righteousness,
bearing fruit for the good of all.
By your grace, O God, raise us from death to life.

Life-giving God, we pray for loved ones . . .
Speak your word of healing and hope
to those who are struggling or suffering this day.
Strengthen them by your gift of abundant life.
By your grace, O God, raise us from death to life.

Eternal God, show forth in us and in our world
the good news of your saving power and love,
so that all may believe and have life in you;
through Jesus Christ, who is risen indeed. Amen.

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
How does God’s love abide in anyone
who has the world’s goods
yet refuses to help a sister or brother in need?
Remembering God’s great love for the world,
let us offer our lives to the Lord.
1 John 3:16–17

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
Eternal God, take and use these gifts
for your purpose in the world—
giving food to the hungry,
hope to the despairing,
and new life to the dead.
Teach us to live each day for you,
so that future generations
will know your goodness
and praise your glory;
in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.
Psalm 22:25–31

Great Thanksgiving

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.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God:
You watch over the faithful, O Lord: those who keep your word.
They are like trees planted by streams of water;
they yield fruit in due season, and prosper in all things.
Therefore we praise you, joining the song
of the universal church and the heavenly choir:
A Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) is sung.

Blessed is Jesus Christ, our Savior:
You sent Jesus Christ into the world to save us, to sanctify us in the truth.
Still, Christ prays for us, to guard and protect us from evil.
We belong to Christ, and in Christ we belong to you.
The words of institution are included here.
Remembering your goodness and grace,
we offer ourselves to you with gratitude
as we share this joyful feast.
A Memorial Acclamation (e.g., “Christ has died”) is sung.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and cup;
make us one in the body and blood
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Keep us faithful in all that we say and do.
Fill our hearts with your truth, so that we may testify to the good news:
that you have given us the gift of eternal life.
Through the Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Spirit,
we bless you, God of glory,
now and forever.
An Amen is sung.

Lord’s Prayer

Breaking the Bread

Communion of the People

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Prayer after Communion

At the communion table:
Thank you, O God, for giving us communion
with our risen and glorious Lord.
Now send us out to be a sign
of the new life that has come into the world;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
May the love of the holy triune God—
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—
abide with you forever. Alleluia!
1 John 4:13–16

Now go forth in Jesus’ name,
remembering his new commandment
to love one another,
just as he has loved us. Amen.
1 John 3:23

Olive Orchard

Vincent van Gogh, 1889

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (G) AZMON GTG 610
  • Come Sing, O Church, in Joy! (A) DARWALL’S 148TH GTG 305
  • To God Be the Glory (G) TO GOD BE THE GLORY GTG 634
  • We Are One in Christ Jesus (G) SOMOS UNO GTG 322


  • God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian (A) CHURCH UNITED GTG 303
  • I Believe in God the Father (E) GENEVAN 42 GTG 481
  • Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak (A) CANONBURY GTG 722
  • What a Friend We Have in Jesus (EG) CONVERSE GTG 465


  • Break Thou the Bread of Life (G) BREAD OF LIFE GTG 460
  • Lord, We Have Come at Your Own Invitation (EG) O QUANTIA QUALIA GTG 503
  • Search Me, O God (A) KÀM-CHHAT GTG 426
  • There Is a Redeemer (E) GREEN GTG 443


  • Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine! (AEG) ASSURANCE GTG 839
  • Come, Labor On (A) ORA LABORA GTG 719
  • Hope of the World (G) DONNE SECOURS GTG 734
  • I Want Jesus to Walk with Me (G) WALK WITH ME GTG 775

Psalms and Canticles


  • How Happy Are the Saints of God [WAREHAM]; GTG 457
  • This Is the First of Songs [LES COMMANDEMENTS]; SP 1
  • Happy Are They Who Walk in God’s Wise Way [SRI LAMPANG]; PAS 1C
  • Happy Is the One [BENEDICTUS PRIMUS]; PAS 1F


  • Happy Are They Who Delight; PSA 1
  • Happy Are They Who Trust; PAS 1B, SSS 567/8 (with Spanish translation)
  • Feliz será / How Blest They Are [FELIZ EL HOMBRE]; PAS 1E, SSS 274

Organ Music

  • “To God Be the Glory,” Be Thou My Vision, Lloyd Larson, LOR (ME)
  • “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” God Gave a Song, Mary McDonald, LOR (E)
  • “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” God of Grace, Paul Manz, MSM (M)
  • “VICTORY,” Augsburg Organ Library: Easter, Michael Helman, AF (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Awake, My Heart,” Jane Marshall, ALF, SATB, org (E)
  • “Let God Arise,” Chandos Anthems, No. 11-2, G. F. Handel, KAL, SATB, org (A)
  • “Jesus Shall Reign,” Jeremy Bankson, MSM, SATB, brass, timp, cym, org (M)
  • “A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing,” David Ashley White, SEL, SATB, org (M)
  • “O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High,” Fedak, SEL, SATB, org, opt brass, timp (E)
  • “My Eternal King,” Jane Marshall, CF, SATB, org (M)

Handbell Music

  • “Fanfare on Darwall’s 148th,” Hart Morris, 2–5 oct, CON, 977639 (4–5 oct), 977640 (2–3 oct), Level 2+
  • “To God Be the Glory,” Cynthia Dobrinski, 1 or 2 hb choirs (3–5 oct), opt org/brass/timp, HOPE, 1683 (hb), 1684 (FS/org), 1686 (brass), Level 3+
  • “Blessed Assurance,” Ron Mallory, 3–5 oct, SFP, 201952SF, Level 3-


  • He Who Is of God Hears the Word of God, James Tissot (VDL)
  • Olive Orchard, Vincent Van Gogh (VDL)
  • Stories and Circles, Jan Richardson (JR)
  • The Two Commandments, Jan Richardson (JR)