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Epiphany +1C: Baptism of Jesus

 

Jan. 10

 

 

You may wish to use a service of Baptismal Renewal. See post from 2012.

 

Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

 

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

Isaiah 43:1-7 Roman Catholic reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

Psalm 29 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 29:1-5

Acts 8:14-17 Roman Catholic reading: Acts 10:34-38

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Roman Catholic reading: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.

177-What was your vow and vision

176-Sing of God made manifest

104-Of the Father’s love begotten

651-God who stretched the spangled heavens

183-We meet you, O Christ

365-Wash, O God, your sons and daughters

357-We call ourselves disciples

411-For the bread, which you have broken

 

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week: Psalm 29 is on p. 737

 

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Watch site for posting at a later date.

On Acts 8:14-17

 

The word arrives; the water breaks:

new joy invites the rising face

and promise beckons more.

So satisfied upon this joy

that steeps articulated hope,

we linger on some brink.

 

The word supplies; the water bathes,

the name of Jesus adulates

and all is readied hope.

What more there is arrives in prayer,

in faithful hands that press the weight

of Spirit in the soul.

 

Completion lies so suddenly

in rite and echo, leading forth

this buoyancy of heart.

Come quickly, Holy Spirit, come,

upon the seething of the prayer,

the warm caress of God.

 

8.8.6.8.8.6.           Suggested tune: Cornwall

 

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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  

L: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.

P: Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.

L: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.

P: That we may share God’s love and life, may we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.

L: The living Christ is with us.

P: Praise the Lord!

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. Eternal and Almighty God, we praise you that you cause the sun to rise to bring us the light of this new day and that you raised Christ form the dead to bring us new life. May our lives always face his brightness so we may go wherever he leads, serving in gladness and peace (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions

O gracious and loving God, we come to you recognizing the wonders of life that you have given us. As winter falls around us, we pray that you will warm our hearts to your will and guidance in all of life, that we may truly live as your baptized people, continually working for the reign of your kingdom on earth.

Hear our prayers, O God, this day for all who are absent from us. Hear our concerns and hopes for them and all your people. Touch their lives with your grace that they may find healing, and peace, and love. May your Spirit touch us to ever reach out to them and to those around us that all may feel your generous love in their lives.

Hear our prayers for your world. May we see the beauty of creation and work for your peace throughout the world. These and all our prayers we lift to you in the name and Spirit of our life-giving Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Eternal Father,

who at the baptism of Jesus

revealed him to be your Son,

anointing him with the Holy Spirit:

grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,

that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Lord of all time and eternity,

you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father

in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son:

by the power of your Spirit

complete the heavenly work of our rebirth

through the waters of the new creation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Heavenly Father,

at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:

may we recognize him as our Lord

and know ourselves to be your beloved children;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River

Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him

with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his

Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly

confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy

Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

 

The expectation, longing for completion, rides

upon the urgency of your delight.

For as the preparation opens eyes and hearts

so in this reparation we discover life

that rises from the tide

accepts the Spirit’s lilt

and your announcement, O our God.

In this arraignment of the heart, we come

to him who baptizes in Spirit and fire.

 

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God. This is the Lord’s table. Jesus invites all who seek to trust him to share in the feast which he has prepared. Let us come to his table now with hope and confidence as God’s children.

 

Offertory Prayer

Thank you, God of Love, for the promise of this season. We are grateful for the generosity aroused in us by Christ’s coming into the world. May these gifts represent a new spirit of joyous sharing among us, for the sake of all your children everywhere. Amen.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

Gracious, life-giving God, as we who follow Jesus remember his baptism long ago, may our lives be renewed and our baptisms confirmed afresh. And as we gather at his Table, may we receive from your hands the gifts of earth and heaven. May this bread be for us his Body, and this cup his Blood, so that we who seek to live as his body in this world might be empowered by your Holy Spirit to follow him faithfully – from the water and into the world. Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]

 

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2015. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2015 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2015; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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Baptism of Christ C

Jan. 13

 

Scripture  (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

Isaiah 43:1-7
Roman Catholic reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

Psalm 29
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 29:1-5

Acts 8:14-17
Roman Catholic reading: Acts 10:34-38

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Roman Catholic reading: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   177 What Was your Vow and Vision

Hymn of Invitation:   365  Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters

Communion Hymn:   408  Come, Share the Lord

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent).  See Chalice Hymnal p. 737

Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant

Persons who come for  profession of faith for the first time, or to become a member of this congregation, will be received first.

Invitation to Faith Renewal

Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant

                        (Those who desire this renewal will stand)

Do you in the presence of God and this congregation desire to renew the covenant which you made or which was made for you at your baptism?

I do.

Do you seek to walk in the life of faith as a person who trusts in God alone for life, strength and salvation?

I do.

Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Savior of the world; and do you receive him as your Savior and Lord of your life?

I do.

Thanksgiving

        L:  The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

        L: Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

        L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P:  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

        (Minister leads the prayer of thanksgiving)

Act of Remembering

            Those who desire to remember their baptism are invited to come forward and touch the water, and for a moment recall their baptism into Christ; then return to their seats. 

Concluding Prayer  (unison)

        We give you thanks, Holy One, for the grace we affirm this day in water and in the Holy Spirit.                Enable us as sons and daughters of your love to continue to grow in your grace as we look forward to new life in the Resurrected Christ who makes us one in you.  Amen.

 

Service 2

Introduction to the Rite

The church is of God, and will be preserved to the end of time, for worship and sacramental ministries, for the growth of Christian fellowship and discipleship,  for the missions of mercy and compassion, and for the salvation of the world.  All people stand in need of the grace that God alone can give, and God has chosen through the ministries of the church to provide the means of grace to everyone.

This rite, which is not an act of baptism or re-baptism, is an ancient way to recall for us of the gracious act of God by which we enter into Christ, are raised to walk in newness of life, and become a part of his family.  It is appropriately celebrated by all of you who have been baptized, at any age and in any tradition.  For those especially among our young ones who have not been baptized, I ask them to remain in their seats and to pray for each of us who renew our faith today.  I know of no better people in the world to be praying for us than them.

        In baptism we are welcomed into the family and household of God, raised to new life in Christ and nurtured in the Holy Spirit.  In response to the call of Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit, many of you have given yourself to God through profession of faith and baptism.

As we approach the days of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection, we are especially moved to hear the gospel call again, and are urged to renew our profession of faith—the saving faith that took Jesus to the cross, and brings us to everlasting life.  And we remember our baptism with thankfulness.

I invite you who are baptized to stand where you are, and to join in the Renewal of your Baptismal Covenant, responding as indicated in your order of service.  Those of you who desire to do so, following the thanksgiving, are invited to come forward for a moment of special remembrance—to touch the water and recall the day that Christ entered your life through this sacrament of water and spirit.

Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant

Do you in the presence of God and this congregation desire to renew the covenant which you made or which was made for you at your baptism?                                  I do.

        Do you seek to walk in the life of faith as a person who trusts in God alone for life, strength and salvation?          I do.

        Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Savior of the world; and do you receive him as your Savior and Lord of your life?                             I do.

        L:  The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

        L: Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

        L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P:  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Gracious God, we thank you that in every age you have made water a sign of your presence.  In the beginning your Spirit brooded over the waters and they became the source of all creation.  You led your people through the waters of the Red Sea to their new land of freedom and hope.  In the waters of the Jordan, your Son was baptized by John and anointed with your Spirit for his ministry of reconciliation.  May this same spirit bless this water by which we remember our baptisms today, that we may be refreshed and renewed to walk faithfully as your disciples—buried and raised in Christ, strengthened by his resurrection to rejoice in you.  Defend these who present themselves before you with your heavenly grace, and confirm within them the presence of your Holy Spirit; for we pray in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen

Act of Remembering

Concluding Prayer  (unison)

        We give you thanks, Holy One, for  the grace we affirm this day in water and in the Holy Spirit.  Enable us as sons and daughters of your love to continue to grow in your grace as we look forward to new life in the Resurrected Christ who makes us one in you.  Amen

 

Service 3

Celebration of Baptismal Renewal and Blessing

Invitation to Renewal

Confession of Sin and Words of Assurance

L: Lord Jesus Christ, you come to us in peace, but we shut the door of our

mind against you.  In your mercy:

P:  Forgive us and help us.

L: You come to us in humility, but we prefer our own proud ways.  In your

mercy:

P:  Forgive us and help us.

        L: You come to us in judgment, but we cling to our familiar sins.  In your

mercy:

P:  Forgive us and help us.

        L: You come to us in majesty, but we will not have you to reign over us.  In

your mercy:

P:  Forgive us and help us.  Lord, pardon our empty praise; fill our

               loveless hearts; come to us and make our lives your home forever. 

                        (Silent confession)

        L: In Jesus Christ, God knows and receives us as we are.  Let us listen,

give thanks, and live.

Response:  In the Lord                   

Thanksgiving

Act of Renewal

(All are welcome to come forward, touch the water, remember their

baptism, or look forward to the day when they will be baptized.

The pastor will say a blessing for any unbaptized young children as they come forward.)

 

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Isaiah 43:1-7

Fear not, for I have claimed you,

formed you and redeemed you clear.

By your name I call you near:

I proclaim that you are mine.

In the waters, passing through:

I am with you in the tide.

Through the rivers you will walk:

I refresh you every day.

So our Savior, God our Lord,

does announce – the Holy One

all is ransom for these brought

by our Savior in this tide.

Precious by the bathing love,

so is found the presence here.

All in this abiding flood

is brought near, called close in joy.

7.7.7.7.D    Suggested tune: St. Edmund

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

As your Spirit comes upon Jesus,

the one baptized by John,

send now, O God, your Spirit

upon all baptized

that we may know the Lord,

the thong of whose sandal

we are unworthy to untie.

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

Collect

Eternal Father,

who at the baptism of Jesus

revealed him to be your Son,

anointing him with the Holy Spirit:

grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,

that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Lord of all time and eternity,

you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father

in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son:

by the power of your Spirit

complete the heavenly work of our rebirth

through the waters of the new creation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

Heavenly Father,

at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:

may we recognize him as our Lord

and know ourselves to be your beloved children;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2012.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each
Sunday’s service.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw(Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

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The content of the service below is from the 2012 WV Regional Assembly Friday Evening worship gathering.  It offers opportunities for renewal of baptismal covenants, as well as renewal of covenants for ministry, adapted from the vows used in the Service of Ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  It is available in a Word document or pdf file to those who desire those formats.  Email dchafin@wvdisciples.org for a copy for non-commercial use.  Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

 

Order for Baptismal Renewal and Eucharist

from the 2012 Regional Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia

 

ENTRANCE AND PRAISE

Prelude Music

Procession of the Choir and the Order of Ministry

* Call to Worship

My friends, we gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.  Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.  We, who are many are made one in the love of God made known to us in Jesus the Christ.  This love is for you and for all people everywhere, given to us, so that we might give it away.  May we be renewed in the refreshing presence of Christ in our midst, celebrating our life together as the Church.

* Gathering Hymn:  The Church’s One Foundation       #272

* Invocation of the Holy Spirit

Let us pray:  God whose very nature is wholeness and life, we give you thanks that in this holy assembly you have called together people from different places, of many gifts, and with a multitude of ways of serving and loving.  Make us one, Lord, even as you and your Christ are one, as we hear his clarion call to gather in the one body to feast on the word and receive from your hand the blessed gifts of bread and cup.  Make us ready, Lord – ready to listen, ready to hear, ready to go and do your will, that we all may be one in essence, in intent, and in constitution, so that the world may know you in and among us.  This we pray in the strong name of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.                        

* Gloria Patri                                                                        #35

The Reading from the First Testament: Isaiah 52:7-10   

            L: This is the word of the Lord.

            P:  Thanks be to God.

Psalm 24 (read responsively with sung response)           p. 735   

The Reading from the Epistle: Ephesians 1:15-23    

            L: This is the word of the Lord.

            P:  Thanks be to God.

* Gospel Acclamation (“Alleluia” used from Gather)

* The Reading from the Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19  

            L: The gospel of the Lord.

            P:  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

The Preaching of the Gospel

* Hymn:  I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry              #75

 

SERVICE OF RENEWAL

Remembering Our Baptismal Vows (led by a preside and two assisting ministers)

           Presider:  The church is of God, and will be preserved to the end of time, for worship and sacramental ministries, for the growth of Christian fellowship and discipleship,  for the missions of mercy and compassion, and for the salvation of the world.  All people stand in need of the grace that God alone can give, and God has chosen through the ministries of the church to provide the means of grace to everyone.

                        This rite is an ancient way to recall for us of the gracious act of God by which we enter into Christ, are raised to walk in newness of life, and become a part of his family.  At the time of Communion, after you have received, you are invited to come to one of the stations at each side of the church to touch the water and remember your baptism.  For those especially among our young who have not been baptized, a blessing will be offered looking forward to the time they will receive the grace of baptism.

                        We are taught in holy scripture that in baptism we are welcomed into the family and household of God, raised to new life in Christ and nurtured in the Holy Spirit.  In response to the call of Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit, many of you have given yourself to God through profession of faith and baptism. 

                        In occasions such as this assembly, we are especially moved to hear the gospel call again, and are urged to renew our profession of faith—the saving faith that by God’s gracious act brings us to everlasting life. 

                        I invite you who are baptized to stand as you are able, and to join in the Renewal of your Baptismal Covenant, responding as indicated (in the projection). 

            Do you in the presence of God and this congregation desire to renew the                          covenant which you made or which was made for you at your baptism? 

                        I do.

            Do you renounce evil and seek to walk in the life of faith as a person who trusts              in God alone for life, strength and salvation? 

                        I do.

            Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Savior of                the world; and do you declare him Lord of your life?   

                        I do.

            L:  The Lord be with you.

            P:  And also with you.

            L: Lift up your hearts.

            P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

            L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

            P:  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

                   (POUR WATER into all 3 bowls)

Gracious God, we thank you that in every age you have made water a sign of your presence.  In the beginning your Spirit brooded over the waters and they became the source of all creation.  You led your people through the waters of the Red Sea to their new land of freedom and hope.  In the waters of the Jordan, your Son was baptized by John and anointed with your Spirit for his ministry of reconciliation.  May this same spirit bless this water by which we remember our baptisms today, that we may be refreshed and renewed to walk faithfully as your disciples—buried and raised in Christ, strengthened by his resurrection to rejoice in you.  Defend these who present themselves before you with your heavenly grace, and confirm within them the presence of your Holy Spirit; for we pray in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen

            Assisting Minister 1:  Together, let us renew our faith as we unite our voices in this profession of faith:  (cite Chalice Hymnal number for chosen affirmation)

            Assisting Minister 2:  Let us pray:  We give you thanks, Holy One, for  the            grace we affirm this day in water and in the Holy Spirit.  Enable us as sons and        daughters of your love to continue to grow in your grace as we look forward to            new life in the Resurrected Christ who makes us one in you.  Amen.

            You may be seated.

                (Presider hands bowls to assisting ministers, and as they depart, be seated. 

                 Assisting ministers go to the pedestal on your side of church with the bowl,                        then be seated. Later, when communion begins, be first for communion, and             stand at your basin with towel to affirm baptismal remembrances with       

               appropriate words (“Remember your baptism and be thankful”) or give

              blessings to non-baptized  (“God bless you, child of God, as you look forward  

              to the day of your baptism.”) 

Remembering Vows of Ministry 

Leader: Come, let us worship God. There are different gifts,
People:  but it is the same Spirit who gives them.
Leader: There are different ways of serving God,
People:  but it is the same God who is served.
Leader: Each one is given a gift by the same Spirit,
People:  to use for the common good.
Leader: Together we are the Body of Christ,
People:  and individually members with one another.

            Regional Minister:  This time of thanksgiving and praise expresses the unity of the Church and celebrates God’s continuing care for the Church and the world, through the anointing of God’s servants in ministry.   Ordination and Commissioning to Christian ministry are built upon a life of study, work, and prayer, guided by the Spirit of God. Will those who are ordained and commissioned ministers, please stand.

Leader:  My sisters and brothers in the faith, do you believe that you are truly called by God and the Church to the life and work of ministry in the name of Jesus Christ?

Ministers:  I do.

Leader: Paul the apostle testified, “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” Will you endeavor to be diligent in your practice of the Christian life: reading the Bible, continuing steadfastly in prayer, and taking up your cross daily to follow Christ?

Ministers:  I will, with the help of God.

Leader: Scripture teaches that the Church was devoted to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Will you endeavor faithfully to fulfill your calling among the people committed to your care: by preaching the word of God and the apostolic faith; and by presiding at the celebration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper?

Ministers:  I will, with the help of God.

Leader: In scripture, ministers are exhorted to tend the flock of God committed to their care, not by constraint but willingly, not for selfish gain but eagerly, not by domineering over those in their charge but by example. Will you endeavor to care for the people of God: nourishing, teaching, and encouraging them; giving direction to the life of the congregation; counseling the troubled; declaring God’s forgiveness of sin; and proclaiming victory over death?

Ministers:  I will, with the help of God.

Leader: The Spirit of God led Jesus to preach good news to the poor, proclaiming release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, setting at liberty the oppressed, and proclaiming the time of God’s good favor. Will you endeavor to lead the people of God in their obedience to the global mission of the Church: guiding their concern for justice, peace, and freedom for all people; and taking a responsible place in the governance of the Church and in service to the world?

Ministers:  I will, with the help, of God.

Leader: The apostle Paul proclaims the Church to be one body with many members. Will you endeavor to live and work in unity with all Christians: witnessing to the visible unity of the Church; cooperating with Disciples colleagues in the ministry of the congregational, regional, general and ecumenical church; and leading the Church in fulfilling its ministry of reconciliation?

Ministers:  I will, with the help of God.

Leader: Paul also wrote, “For me to live is Christ.” Will you endeavor to conduct yourself so that your life is shaped by Jesus Christ, who took the form of a servant for our sake; and will you, with the help of the Holy Spirit, continually rekindle the gift of God that is in you, to make known to all people the gospel of the grace of God?

Ministers:  I will, with the help of God.

Leader: May God who has given you the will to do these things give you grace to perform them. God who called you is faithful and will not fail you.  Will the Church now stand with these servants of God. 

(to the Congregation)  You have heard the promises of our brothers and sisters. Will you as members of God’s Church affirm this call and accept these brothers and sisters as ministers of the Gospel?

People:  We accept you as those called to public leadership in the Church and affirm your continued ministries.  We pledge our love and offer our prayers that together we may glorify God and make Christ known in the world.

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

Regional Minister:  Let us pray: Eternal God, you are worthy of our thankful praise.   In your love you called your church to be a holy people and a royal priesthood.  Through your Holy Spirit you have given a variety of gifts, making some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry and for the building up of Christ’s body, the Church. 

            We pray that you will send your Spirit upon these brothers and sisters who serve in the ministry of your Church.   Confirm in them the grace and power to proclaim the gospel and celebrate worship, to lead the church in its faith, life and mission, and to be an example to your people in love, patience, and holiness of life.  Grant that through this ministry your name will be glorified in all the earth and your people strengthened. This we ask through Jesus Christ, with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

                        You may be seated.

Hymn:  Be Thou My Vision                                               #595

Prayers of the People    

            Almighty God, maker of all, with joy we give thanks for all your goodness.  We praise you for the love which has created and sustained us to this day, and for the gift of your Christ who brings us into covenant with you and with all your people of faith.  Help us to treasure your gifts and to show our thankfulness by lives wholly given to your service.

            We pray for your church whom you have redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus.  Bless its members and ministers, especially our General Minister Sharon, and our Regional Minister Thaddaeus, with your wisdom and a spirit of joy in serving.  Fill us  with your spirit, and strengthen us to serve by the guidance of your word.  Perfect us with love and compassion, and establish us in the faith of your saints.  Unite all your people that one holy church may bear witness to you and your glory.

            We pray that you would move our nation toward the justice of your peace.  Bless our national, state and local leaders to serve all people with integrity.  Purge from us all hatred and prejudice, and build within us your love, that even in our dealings with the other nations of earth we may be servants of peace, truth and justice.

            Bless our homes with the joy of your presence.  Strengthen our covenants of family and of faith, that our children may grow into fullness of faith, that together we may show forth your praise in our world through deeds and words of love and compassion—especially with those who are alone and lonely.

            Let your grace be seen in seed-time and harvest, in labor and business, in leisure and rest, in the arts and culture of our people.  May all who do work find fulfillment of their vocations, and all who are in need of work find the relief of new endeavors.

            Comfort those who sorrow and are in need, sickness or adversity.  Have mercy on those to whom death draws near.  Bring consolation to those in mourning, and to all give your peace, for these and all our prayers we bring to you in the name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.

SERVICE OF THE TABLE

A Call to Generosity

God has shown us the meaning of generosity in the beautiful diversity of creation, in the overflowing love of Jesus Christ, and in the never-ending gift of the Holy Spirit.  God has blessed us abundantly and called us to be a community that blesses others through the sharing of our love, our talents and our material possessions.  Let us rejoice now in what we have been given and in what is ours to give as we prepare the Table of the Lord with bread and wine and offerings that show our gratitude to the Giver of All.

The Offering

* The Doxology 

      Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

            praise God all creatures here below.

            O praise God, alleluia!

      Praise God above ye heavenly host;

             praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

            O praise God; O praise God; alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

* Consecration of Gifts

In these gifts, O God, we acclaim you as our Lord.  May they be useful to you in bringing your kingdom into full flower through the ministries of your church, we pray in Christ’s name.

 Call to the Table

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God.  They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God.  This is the Lord’s table.  Jesus invites all who seek to trust him to share in the feast which he has prepared.  Let us come to his table now with hope and confidence as God’s children.

Communion Hymn:  Come, Share the Lord                    #408

Labyrinth

Great Thanksgiving

 (Presider begins:)

   L: The Lord be with you.

   P:  And also with you.

   L: Lift up your hearts.

   P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

   L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

   P:  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

            Elder 1:  It is always good and right to give you thanks and praise, O God, for you have loved us with an everlasting love.  You called together a people fit to praise you, and even when we failed you, you sent to us prophets and sages to draw us back to your will and your way.  In the fullness of time you sent to us your only Son, Jesus, born of a woman and of the Holy Spirit, to bring to us life and life that is abundant.  In life, he bore to us your message; in death he pronounced forgiveness; in raising him, you declared victory over sin and death.

 

            Presider: (pour chalices) On the night he was given up for us, our Lord Jesus gathered with his disciples in the upper room.  And there at the table, he took a loaf (raise but do not break bread)  and having given thanks to God he broke it and gave it to them saying, “take, eat, this is my body which is to be given up for you.”  (raise chalice)

            And after supper, likewise, he took a chalice, and giving thanks to God he gave it to them saying “take and drink, for this is my blood of the new covenant poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

             As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup we do show forth the death of Christ until he comes again.

            Elder 2:  Send the power of your Spirit, O God, upon us gathered here out of love for you, and upon us, gathered here out of love for you, and upon these gifts of bread and wine.  Make them to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may truly be his body, cleansed by his blood, and strengthened to serve you faithfully throughout the world.             

            Presider: Through him, with him, with him, and in him, all glory and honor be to you, almighty God, now in your church, and forever.  Now, with the confidence of your children, we are bold to pray:  Our Father…

The Lord’s Prayer (using “debts)

Breaking of the Bread

Presider:  Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  Blessed are those who are invited to his supper.  My friends, these are the gifts of God for all of God’s people.  Come and receive the Lord.   

The Sharing of Bread and Wine

Prayer after Communion  (Unison)

O God, we thank you for uniting us by baptism in the Body of Christ, and by this meal filling us with joy and hope. Grant that in the days ahead our lips which have sung your praises may speak the truth, our eyes which have seen your love may look with compassion on the needs of the world; our hands which have held this loaf and this cup may be servant hands for     Jesus Christ; in whose name we ask it all.  Amen. 

Choral Anthem:  Behold the Light                                            Porter

* Sending Forth with Blessing  by Presider

It is the grace of God which has called us together, and the grace of God that will lead us forth to live out our baptismal callings – our varied ministries – to the glory of God.  Go now in peace to love and serve the Lord, and the blessings of God + the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit go with you and keep you unto everlasting life.  Amen.

* Hymn of Parting:  Lift High the Cross                           #108

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Easter Services

April 8

 

Scripture  (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9
Roman Catholic reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43
United Methodist reading: Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Roman Catholic reading: Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

I Corinthians 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43
Roman Catholic reading: Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8
Roman Catholic reading: John 20:1-9

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   215-226, 228

Hymn of Prayer:    227

Hymn of Invitation:   229, 233

Communion Hymn:   233, 422, 404

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent).  See Chalice 758

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Mark 16:1-8

               After the Sabbath rest

               with Jesus in the tomb,

               the women come to him anoint:

               they speak about the stone.

               Arriving at the tomb,

               the sun but newly shone,

               the women find the stone aside,

               go, enter to behold.

               The young man on the right,

               dressed fully white for them,

               amazes them – then speaks: you seek,

               but Jesus is not here.

               The crucified is gone;

               the risen goes before:

               seek him in Galilee – go, give

               this word for Peter’s joy.

SM                      Suggested tune: St. Michael

Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  (created or adapted by the editor)

Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ our Lord.

My brothers and sisters in Christ:  On this most holy morning in which Jesus Christ passed over from death to life, we gather as the church to pray and watch for the dawning of his triumph and resurrection.  We join with the whole company of God’s people in heaven and on earth in recalling and celebrating his victory over death, and our deliverance from the bondage of sin and darkness to everlasting light.

                Hear the Word of God of God:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”  (John 1:1, 4‑5).

Opening Renewal of Baptismal Covenants  (created or adapted by the editor)

                L: Alleluia. Christ is Risen.

                P:  The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia!

                L: May his grace and peace be with you.

                P:  May he fill our hearts with joy.  Alleluia!

                                (The Paschal Candle is lit,)

                L: Christ our Light!

                P:  Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

Renewal of Our Baptismal Covenant

Persons who come for profession of faith for the first time,

or to become a member of this congregation, will be received first.

Invitation to Faith Renewal

Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant

                                (Those who desire this renewal will stand)

Do you in the presence of God and this congregation desire to renew the covenant which you made or which was made for you at your baptism?

                I do.

Do you seek to walk in the life of faith as a person who trusts in God alone for life, strength and salvation?

                I do.

Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Savior of the world; and do you receive him as your Savior and Lord of your life?

                I do.

Thanksgiving

                L:  The Lord be with you.

                P:  And also with you.

                L: Lift up your hearts.

                P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

                L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                P:  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

                (Minister leads the prayer of thanksgiving)

Act of Remembering

                Those who desire to remember their baptism are invited to come forward and touch the water, and for a moment recall their baptism into Christ; then return to their seats.  Those who have not been baptized are urged to remain in their seats at prayer for those who are coming forward.

Concluding Prayer  (unison)

                We give you thanks, Holy One, for  the grace we             affirm this day in water and in the Holy Spirit.  Enable us as sons and daughters of your love to continue to grow in your grace as we look forward to new life in the Resurrected Christ who makes us one             in you.  Amen.

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Introduction to the Rite

The church is of God, and will be preserved to the end of time, for worship and sacramental ministries, for the growth of Christian fellowship and discipleship,  for the missions of mercy and compassion, and for the salvation of the world.  All people stand in need of the grace that God alone can give, and God has chosen through the ministries of the church to provide the means of grace to everyone.

                This rite, which is not an act of baptism or re-baptism, is an ancient way to recall for us of the gracious act of God by which we enter into Christ, are raised to walk in newness of life, and become a part of his family.  It is appropriately celebrated by all of you who have been baptized, at any age and in any tradition.  For those especially among our young ones who have not been baptized, I ask them to remain in their seats and to pray for each of us who renew our faith today.  I know of no better people in the world to be praying for us than them.

                In baptism we are welcomed into the family and household of God, raised to new life in Christ and nurtured in the Holy Spirit.  In response to the call of Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit, many of you have given yourself to God through profession of faith and baptism. 

                As we approach the days of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection, we are especially moved to hear the gospel call again, and are urged to renew our profession of faith—the saving faith that took Jesus to the cross, and brings us to everlasting life.  And we remember our baptism with thankfulness. 

                I invite you who are baptized to stand where you are, and to join in the Renewal of your Baptismal Covenant, responding as indicated in your order of service.  Those of you who desire to do so, following the thanksgiving, are invited to come forward for a moment of special remembrance—to touch the water and recall the day that Christ entered your life through this sacrament of water and spirit.

Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant

                Do you in the presence of God and this congregation desire to renew the covenant which you made or which was made for you at your baptism?                                  I do.

                Do you seek to walk in the life of faith as a person who trusts in God alone for life, strength and salvation?          I do.

                Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Savior of the world; and do you receive him as your Savior and Lord of your life?                             I do.

                L:  The Lord be with you.

                P:  And also with you.

                L: Lift up your hearts.

                P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

                L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                P:  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Gracious God, we thank you that in every age you have made water a sign of your presence.  In the beginning your Spirit brooded over the waters and they became the source of all creation.  You led your people through the waters of the Red Sea to their new land of freedom and hope.  In the waters of the Jordan, your Son was baptized by John and anointed with your Spirit for his ministry of reconciliation.  May this same spirit bless this water by which we remember our baptisms today, that we may be refreshed and renewed to walk faithfully as your disciples—buried and raised in Christ, strengthened by his resurrection to rejoice in you.  Defend these who present themselves before you with your heavenly grace, and confirm within them the presence of your Holy Spirit; for we pray in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen

Act of Remembering

                REMEMBER YOUR BAPTISM AND BE THANKFUL.

Concluding Prayer  (unison)

                We give you thanks, Holy One, for  the grace we affirm this day in water and in the Holy Spirit.  Enable us as sons and daughters of your love to continue to grow in your grace as we look forward to new life in the Resurrected Christ who makes us one in you.  Amen

Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  Eternal Lord of life, through your Son you have bestowed the light of life upon all the world.  Sanctify this new light and grant that our hearts and minds also be kindled with holy desire to shine forth with the brightness of Christ’s rising, and to feast at the heavenly banquet; through Jesus Christ our Lord  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

Intercessions (created or adapted by the editor)

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                Almighty and ever-living God, your people in all the earth adore you in this and every hour.  We look to you especially in this day which by the resurrection of your Son is made holy.  And for the blessings of this life, we thank you and celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, which is to be our own resurrection.

                Given such great blessings, we cannot help but be awakened to the cries of those who have no earthly hope.  We hear the call of the hungry, the destitute, the very old and very young who do not see the light of day. Give us the fortitude, O God, to face the call and respond with haste to feed and clothe and love all of your people, and to gather them as lambs into the hope which we have found in the light of your Christ.

                We hear the cry of the soul-sick with grief and anger and fear.  We see the need of our neighbors and are shamefully inattentive to their suffering.  Brace us with courage, O God, where their courage is broken, and enable us to lift them up when they cannot carry themselves through the thorny paths of their lives, and to help them find the path of salvation, healing and peace.

                We hear the groan of bondage in our world and see the stripes of the taskmaster on the backs of humanity.  Great God of the living, give us power to break the bonds of evil which perplex and destroy.  Help us to free our fellows with the liberating word of truth that Christ has broken the bonds of death, hell and the grave.

                So many who are near to us are ill and suffering.  Be by the side of these dear ones in this hour and the hours that lay ahead.  Heal those lives for whom the world can hold no cure.  Bind up the wounds which find no salve.  Give peace to the broken ones who face death and separation. 

                Plough up the hardness of your church, O Lord, when we become infertile and unproductive.  Give us grace to know that the hardships we must face are to prepare us to receive new life and a new age of fruitfulness for your kingdom.  As we go through our daily walks of life, help us all to be a benediction upon the lives of our families, our co-workers and each  of those lives whom we touch even briefly.  Give us grace to bring our every need and those of our neighbors to the altar of your love and grace in the name of Jesus, your Christ.

2

                Lord of life, hear us as we lift to you our hopes and prayers for the church and the world. Let your grace empower us as people of faith to better serve you in the common places of our lives, and in the people we meet on our faith journeys.  Open our eyes to the living Christ as we pray for and work with the poor, the broken-hearted, the sick and the bereaved.  Hear our prayers for those who are close to our hearts.  In your resurrecting power, lift them up and give them renewed strength and hope; and give to us all new faith by which to live our days with you.  Then will our lives be living witness to your resurrection, made whole by your love and care.  In Christ’s Spirit we pray.

3

                Holy God, we come before you in prayer, lifting to you the joys and concerns, the hopes and dreams of our lives.  May we also be open to your voice in our lives that we may see with new eyes, and hear with new ears, the direction you will have us to go. 

                Bless, we pray, this gathering of your people that we may grow and flourish in your love and grace for the purpose to which you have called us.

                Hear our prayers for those whose lives have touched us—those who are in pain, those who are ill, those who grieve.  May we touch their lives not only through our prayers, but through our lives and actions as well.

                Guide us, bless us, uplift us, and hold us, for we are your children called to our purpose in your world.  Hear our prayers, those spoken and those hidden in our hearts, we pray in the name of Christ our Lord.

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Righteous and ever living God, on this day your Son shattered the power of death, bringing life and immortality to light.  On this day of all days in human history, help us to not to miss the power of its significance.  Give us Easter’s holy power to adequately praise you and to rejoice in the new life that is ours.  Intensify our joy in the resurrection that turned night into light and mourning into laughter.  May our lives that often seem so dull and drab be made new, even as we go about our daily tasks.  Open our eyes to the new possibilities of a world made fresh with praise.  Give us the power of the resurrection, which broke the reign of death, to shatter every ancient tyranny that entombs your children: the intrigues of war, the subtlety of vested interests, racist pride, and ambitious self-seeking; and to break the enslaving shackles of debilitating doubts, secret lusts, persistent sins, wavering self-respect, diminishing integrity, and ever-deepening bitterness.

                Give us, we pray, the victory of Easter that turned a cross into a resurrection, and made the symbol of shame into the sign of victory, to gain triumph from our worst defeats, to turn darkness to day, to make temptations into redemptive opportunities, to transform tragedy into faith, freshly made graves into hope, and all bitterness to love.

                Give us the peace of the resurrection that calmed the terrorized hearts of your children, and as we wait upon you, speak calm to our souls.  Because Christ lives, we, too, shall live, and so we rejoice.  Until the day dawns, grant us brave hearts and constant spirits, as we lift our hearts to you in praise and thanksgiving, through Christ our Lord.

Collect of the Day (created or adapted by the editor)

God of all ages and of all people, the shadows and gloom of Good Friday have been dispersed by the light and color of Easter Sunday.  We rejoice in your power that turns our sorrow into joy, our despair into hope, our defeat into victory, and evil into goodness.  Help us on this day, O God, to burst out of the tombs that have entrapped us: tombs of selfishness and sinfulness, greed and gluttony, scandal and corruption, pride and prejudice.  Let now a new life of divine grace and human love burst forth from each of us, through the power of Jesus Christ, the Risen One.

 

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Mark 16:1-8

        Against our rooted fear, O God,

                        our uncertainty and anxiety,

                                        even the face of our dutiful chores,

                        you open the tomb, announce refreshment,

                                        wield for us the promise of the way.

                        Yet we remain in our sturdy fears,

                                        awaiting your word within our hearts

                                                        that boldness may overtake us

                                                        in utter joy, the joy of Jesus,

                                                                        risen from the dead.

                                        Fulfill for us your word, O God.

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

Collect

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.

Post Communion

God of Life,
who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son
   to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
have delivered us from the power of our enemy:
grant us so to die daily to sin,
that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.  Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011.  http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

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Easter Vigil

Following sundown

Note that some of the prayers appropriate to Easter Day may be used in this service.

A very fine approach to this service is offered all the way from our friends in New Zealand here.

Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

A minimum of three Old Testament readings should be chosen. The reading from Exodus 14 should always be used.
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a


Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13

Genesis 22:1-18

Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21

Baruch 3:9-15, 32 – 4:4

Isaiah 55:1-11 / Isaiah 54:5-14 / Isaiah 4:2-6

Ezekiel 36:24-28 / Ezekiel 37:1-14

Zephaniah 3:14-20

Proverbs 8:1-8; 19-21; 9:4b-6

Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26

Psalm 46

Psalm 16

Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18

Psalm 30

Psalm 19

Isaiah 12:2-6

Psalm 42 and 43

Psalm 143

Psalm 98

Psalm 114

Romans 6:3-11

Matthew 28:1-10

Hymns and Other Resources may be adapted from material in “Easter Sunday” post.

Some preferred hymns may be:

17  O Worship the King
66  Immortal, Invisible…
335 Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
104 Of the Father’s Love Begotten
245 Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
228 The Day of Resurrection
221 The Strife Is O’er
365 Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters
373 Be in Our Midst, O Christ
376 We Know That Christ Is Raised
378 Wonder of Wonders, Here Revealed
518 This Is a Day of New Beginnings
 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

Collect

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.

Post Communion

God of Life,
who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son
to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
have delivered us from the power of our enemy:
grant us so to die daily to sin,
that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.  Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011.  http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw(Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

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