Sunday 8 May, 2016

7th Sunday of Easter

Sunday in Ascensiontide

Readings for Ascension Day may be used – see Thursday 5 May for Ascension Day readings and suggested hymns

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Additional notes on the readings and choices of hymns are offered below by the Revd Phillip Poyner, this month’s compiler.

Acts 16:16-34

And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour's blood? (StF 345)
Away with our fears! (StF 458)
* Go to the world! Go into all the earth (StF402)
Great is the darkness that covers the earth (StF405)
Sing for God's glory that colours the dawn of creation (StF 116)
To God be the glory, great things he has done! (StF 94)

Psalm 97

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord (StF 293)
God is love: let heaven adore him (StF 103)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! (StF 11)
Over all the earth, you reign on high (StF 63)

Revelation 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20-21

Crown him with many crowns (StF 347)
I'll praise my Maker while I've breath (StF 79)
King of Kings, majesty (StF 331)
Of the Father's love begotten (StF 181)
Rejoice, the Lord is King! (StF 335)

John 17: 20-26

As we gather, Father, seal  us (StF 570)
Because the Saviour prayed that we be one (StF 675)
Christ is the world's light, Christ and none other (StF 346)
* Go to the world! Go into all the earth (StF402)
God, whose love is all around us (StF 585)
One is the body and one is the Head (StF 688)
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? (StF 673)

Although Christ took his leave of the disciples in his Ascension he is still mindful of them and us. In the Gospel we read that in our unity we experience the closeness of the Trinity, but that has a dual purpose: 1) we experience God’s glory and love, which 2) results in the world being led to believe. The psalm speaks of the preservation and deliverance of the saints, exemplified in the Acts reading. Both saints and those who testify are mentioned in the Revelation reading.
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