Sunday School, May 24, 2020 7 Easter A
Have a discussion about what prayer means. Discuss communication and relationship.
The longest prayer of Jesus in the Gospel is found in the 17 chapter of John.
Who did Jesus pray to?
Why did Jesus pray?
Prayer is talking and we talk to the people that we want to know. Talking is how we express our relationship.
What did Jesus pray about?
He prayed for his disciple. He prayed that his disciples might have the same close relationship with God as Father as he did.
What is prayer?
Prayer is an important indication of our belief in God. We talk to those whom we believe to exist. And we have special conversation with our friends.
Jesus prayed and so should we.
What does the Ascension mean?
The Ascension means that we believe that after Jesus Rose again, he went to the parallel place of heaven. This this place we believe that Christ still prays for us and with us. When we pray we want to join our prayers with the prayers that Jesus offers for us.
What are some of most important things that happen in a baby’s that let us know that the baby is growing up? What about when the baby starts eating cereal and vegetables? What about when the baby starts to shows some teeth? What about when a baby starts to crawl? What about when a baby starts to walk? And one of the most special things is when a baby starts to talk. And what is the first word that a baby says? Well all fathers know…a baby’s first word is Da Da. Or at least that is what we hear. Moms and brothers and sisters and grandparents may hear something else.
And why is it important that a baby talks? Because we can know our baby and our children better when they talk. When a baby cannot talk and is just crying; we don’t always know why a baby is crying? Is a baby tired, or hungry, or sick or does he need his diaper changed or is the baby just sad?
But when a baby and child can talk, we can ask the baby what she wants. We can ask her if she has a tummy ache. And when a child can talk we can know more about a child. So when a child talks to us
it is a great thing for us.
Did you know that God likes us to talk too? And when we talk to God, we call that prayer.
Jesus was God’s Son. And Jesus talked to God, his Father. And we have read a part of the prayer of Jesus to his Father today.
Jesus talked with his Father about things that made him happy. He thanked his Father. And he asked for some special favors from God for his friends.
Your mom and dad and family are very happy when you talk to them. When you tell them how you feel. When you tell them that you love them. When you ask for help. When you thank them. When you tell them about the fun you are having. When you tell them why you are sad.
God is our Father too. And God likes for us to talk to him. When we talk to God with our prayers, we a growing up in the big family of God. When we talk to God with our prayers, we are showing that we are a part of this large family of God. And if we act like we are member of this big family of God, then we will treat everyone as a special brother and sister.
Just as our parents are happy when we first started talking to them. So God is happy when we talk to him. That is what Jesus showed when he prayed to God his Father.
We come to church on Sunday to prayer together and talk to God. And we do this to remember that we can talk to God anywhere. We don’t have to be in church to prayer. We come to church to remember to pray.
Can you remember to prayer? Talk to God. If you do that you can be sure that God is very happy to hear and listen to you. Amen.
Intergenerational Family Service with Holy Eucharist
May 24, 2020: The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Gathering Songs: Hallelu, Hallelujah!; Majesty!, Father, I Adore You; Awesome God
Liturgist: Alleluia, Christ is Risen.
People: The Lord is Risen Indeed. Alleluia.
Liturgist: Oh God, Our hearts are open to you.
And you know us and we can hide nothing from you.
Prepare our hearts and our minds to love you and worship you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Song: Hallelu, Halleluah (Christian Children’s Songbook, # 84)
Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord.
Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah, Praise ye the Lord.
Praise ye the Lord! Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord! Hallelujah!
Praise ye the Lord! Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord!
Liturgist: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Liturgist: Let us pray
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
First Litany of Praise: Chant: Alleluia
O God, you are Great! Alleluia
O God, you have made us! Alleluia
O God, you have made yourself known to us! Alleluia
O God, you have provided us with us a Savior! Alleluia
O God, you have given us a Christian family! Alleluia
O God, you have forgiven our sins! Alleluia
O God, you brought your Son Jesus back from the dead! Alleluia
A reading from the First Letter of Peter
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert.
Liturgist: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
Liturgist: Let us read together from Psalm 68
But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; * let them also be merry and joyful.
Sing to God, sing praises to his Name; exalt him who rides upon the heavens; * YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him!
Litany Phrase: Thanks be to God! (chanted)
For the good earth, for our food and clothing. Thanks be to God!
For our families and friends. Thanks be to God!
For the talents and gifts that you have given to us. Thanks be to God!
For this day of worship. Thanks be to God!
For health and for a good night’s sleep. Thanks be to God!
For work and for play. Thanks be to God!
For teaching and for learning. Thanks be to God!
For the happy events of our lives. Thanks be to God!
For the celebration of the birthdays and anniversaries of our friends and parish family.
Thanks be to God!
Liturgist: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. "I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. "
Liturgist: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Sermon – Father Phil
We did not make ourselves, so we believe that God the Father is the maker of the world.
Since God is so great and we are so small,
We believe God came into our world and was born as Jesus, son of the Virgin Mary.
We need God’s help and we believe that God saved us by the life, death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe that God is present with us now as the Holy Spirit.
We believe that we are baptized into God’s family the Church where everyone is
We believe that Christ is kind and fair.
We believe that we have a future in knowing Jesus Christ.
And since we all must die, we believe that God will preserve us forever. Amen.
Litany Phrase: Christ, have mercy.
For fighting and war to cease in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For peace on earth and good will towards all. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety of all who travel. Christ, have mercy.
For jobs for all who need them. Christ, have mercy.
For care of those who are growing old. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety, health and nutrition of all the children in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For the well-being of our families and friends. Christ, have mercy.
For the good health of those we know to be ill. Christ, have mercy.
For the remembrance of those who have died. Christ, have mercy.
For the forgiveness of all of our sins. Christ, have mercy.
Youth Liturgist: The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People: And also with you.
Song during the preparation of the Altar and the receiving of an offering
Offertory Song: Majesty, (Renew # 63)
Majesty, worship His majesty. Unto Jesus be all glory, honor, and praise.
Majesty, kingdom authority flow from His throne unto His own;
His anthem raise.
So, exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus.
Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus the King.
Majesty, worship His Majesty; Jesus who died,
now glorified, King of all kings.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Prologue to the Eucharist
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, for to them belong the kingdom of heaven.”
All become members of a family by birth or adoption.
Baptism is a celebration of our birth into the family of God.
A family meal gathers and sustains each human family.
The Holy Eucharist is the special meal that Jesus gave to his friends to keep us together as the family of Christ.
The Lord be with you
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is very good and right to give thanks, because God made us, Jesus redeemed us and the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts. Therefore with Angels and Archangels and all of the world that we see and don’t see, we forever sing this hymn of praise:
Holy, Holy, Holy (Intoned)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and Might. Heav’n 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. Hosanna in the Highest.
(All may gather around the altar)
Our grateful praise we offer to you God, our Creator;
You have made us in your image
And you gave us many men and women of faith to help us to live by faith:
Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachael.
And then you gave us your Son, Jesus, born of Mary, nurtured by Joseph
And he called us to be sons and daughters of God.
Your Son called us to live better lives and he gave us this Holy Meal so that when we eat
the bread and drink the wine, we can know that the Presence of Christ is as near to us as
this food and drink that becomes a part of us.
And so, Father, we bring you these gifts of bread and wine. Bless and sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. Sanctify us by your Holy Spirit so that we may love God and our neighbor.
On the night when Jesus was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."
After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, "Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."
Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. When we eat this holy Meal of Bread and Wine, we are telling the entire world about the life, death and resurrection of Christ and that his presence will be with us in our future.
Let this holy meal keep us together as friends who share a special relationship because of your Son Jesus Christ. May we forever live with praise to God to whom we belong as sons and daughters.
By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory
is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.
And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now sing,
Our Father: (Renew # 180, West Indian Lord’s Prayer)
Our Father who art in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done: Hallowed be thy name.
Done on earth as it is in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Give us this day our daily bread: Hallowed be thy name.
And forgive us all our debts: Hallowed be thy name.
As we forgive our debtors: Hallowed be thy name.
Lead us not into temptation: Hallowed be thy name.
But deliver us from evil: Hallowed be thy name.
Thine is the kingdom, power, and glory: Hallowed be thy name.
Forever and ever: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!
Words of Administration
Communion Song: Father I Adore You (Christian Children’s Songbook, # 56)
Father, I adore you, lay my life before you. How I love you.
Jesus, I adore you, lay my life before you. How I love you.
Spirit, I adore you, lay my life before you. How I love you.
Everlasting God, we have gathered for the meal that Jesus asked us to keep;
We have remembered his words of blessing on the bread and the wine.
And His Presence has been known to us.
We have remembered that we are sons and daughters of God and brothers
and sisters in Christ.
Send us forth now into our everyday lives remembering that the blessing in the
bread and wine spreads into each time, place and person in our lives,
As we are ever blessed by you, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Closing Song: Awesome God (Renew! # 245).
Our God is an awesome God, he reigns from heaven above.
With wisdom, power and love, our God is an awesome God.
(Sing three times)
Liturgist: Alleluia! Alleluia! Let us go forth in the Name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!