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Easter 2C  

 

Apr. 28

 

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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 5:27-32
Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Any of the Resurrection hymns (215-234) are appropriate.

260-Let It Breathe on Me

535-Faith While Trees Are Still in Blossom

670-All Who Love and Serve Your City

416-Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face

562-Because He Lives (v.1)

 

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

 

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On John 20:19-31

 

For fear enclosed behind latched doors

we clamor after peace unknown.

In eagerness we huddle near

when times go dark.

 

Appearing in our sight at first,

the unexpected Lord arrives.

And Jesus resonates our dread:

peace be to you!

 

The world is rearranged for us;

the clamor after certainty

and all the vagrancies of life

are held in peace.

 

How shall we know – except we see,

except our hand greet victory

and as our sight compounds our love:

Our Lord and God!

 

So gathered in the Hiding Place,

behind the shelter of our fears,

we are at last so opened now:

Peace is our ken.

 

8.8.8.4.                     Suggested tune: Es Ist Kein Tag

 

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 118 portions on p. 758

 

Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Call to Worship   

L: Come, let us praise the Lord, let us worship our risen Savior, for death has given away to life, despair has been overwhelmed by hope;

P: Grief has been replaced by joy, and darkness has been dispelled by light!

L: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

P: He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

 

OR

L: Christ is risen.

P: Christ is risen, indeed.

L: Come, let us praise the Lord.

P: Let us worship our risen Savior.

L: For death has given away to life, despair has been overwhelmed by hope.

P: Grief has been replaced by joy, and darkness has been dispelled by light!

L: All is made new, for Christ is risen.

P: Christ is risen, indeed. Alleluia!

 

OR (from Worship Ways – UCC.org)

L: Sing praise to our joyful Easter God

P: Whose power brings new life out of death!

L: Immerse  doubt and despair in the fountain of new birth

P: Our visions and hopes are refreshed, made new!

L: For God has taken ordinary things

P: And made them extraordinary

 

OR (adapted by the editor)

L: God is alive..

P: New birth is given.

L: Hope is alive…

P: A new age is dawning.

L: Joy is alive…

P: Redemption is here.

L: Love is alive

P: Death cannot harm us.

L: We are alive…

P: New life is within us.

L: The church is alive…

P: God’s spirit is within us.

        God of life, we worship you.

        God of creation, we praise you.

        God of revelation, we learn from you.

        God of resurrection, we come to celebrate you.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

God, whose love and care for us extends far beyond our human understanding, whose presence in our midst is greater than our fears and doubts, we come offering ourselves to you – our weaknesses and our strengths, our faith and our fears. We seek to know the risen Christ among us in this gathering, and trust you to reveal him to us once again, as we wait upon you in hope and expectation (praying as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

Gracious God, Power of Life, we praise you that you have not abandoned us to the living death of sin and despair, but that with Jesus Christ, you have lifted us up from the grave. Grant that we might ourselves know the power of the resurrection, now and in the world to come; for it is in the name of the risen Christ that we pray (even as he taught us saying, “Our Father…”)

 

OR  (from Worship Ways – UCC.org)

Holy God,

You have transformed absurd impossibility

into reality: resurrection…

You have coaxed us to sing springtime alleluias

where once there was a gray dawn,

You have called us out of the tombs we inhabit

into an undreamed of tomorrow,

we praise you for this day!

Come, Risen Christ,

in newness and hope on this Eastertide day. Amen.

 

OR (from Worship Ways at UCC.org)

O Risen Christ, be with us this day.

We recognize your wounded hands;

they tell us that you know what it is to struggle and suffer,

and to prevail in the power of love.

We grasp those hands, that they may lead us together

into a deeper place of peace.

Our week has left worries, answerless questions, blatant injustices,

and unexpected disappointments.

We are weary.

Come, O Risen Christ and receive our burdens

as we empty our cares into your loving hands.

Extend to us your joy.

Give us imagination enough to pursue your abundant life!

Pour into us the freshness of your new life;

for you are our strength and our might.

How wonderful you are for your loving-kindness toward us.

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Loving God, through Jesus Christ you bring light and life to a dark and dying world. We give you thanks and praise for your love which he reveals to us, even today, and for the hope which his life and death and resurrection unfolds for our world. Even as you love the world so greatly and sacrificially in Jesus, help us in his spirit to live and to love your world today, especially as we lift to you the lonely, the hurting, the sick and the dying.

 

Where there is injustice, renew our mission to do your will and bring about reconciliation, healing and peace. Where there is pain, make us agents of your regenerative power and your healing caress. May we discover and shed abroad your great love among those we encounter who are alone, or grieving or lost. Make us, as your church, your hands and feet and voice in this world, especially as we pray for those whose lives are closely linked with our own and for the needs we bring with us this day which we offer to you in silence.

 

As we celebrate your presence with us this day and commit ourselves to you afresh within the covenant of your love, help us to be a willing church—ready to do whatever the day demands, in order to bring the joy of your resurrection to those of our world who have no cause to celebrate. In this great season of new life, awaken us, empower us, renew us, to be faithful to you in the Spirit of Christ.

 

OR

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.

 

OR (adapted from Worship Ways invocation above)

O Risen Christ, be with us this day. We recognize your wounded hands; they tell us that you know what it is to struggle and suffer, and to prevail in the power of love. May we grasp those hands, that they may lead us together into a deeper place of peace.

 

Our week has left worries, answerless questions, blatant injustices, and unexpected disappointments.   We are weary.   Come, O Risen Christ and receive our burdens as we empty our cares into your loving hands. Extend to us your joy.  Give us imagination enough to pursue your abundant life! Pour into us the freshness of your new life; for you are our strength and our might.  How wonderful you are for your loving-kindness toward us.

 

Now may we extend your loving-kindness to all we encounter, as we lift to you those who are poor, the broken-hearted, the sick and the suffering, and all who are in grief this day.  By your strength lift them up, breathe on them your life-giving Spirit, and grant them and all your children your peace.  This we pray through Christ our risen Lord.  Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty Father,

you have given your only Son to die for our sins

and to rise again for our justification:

grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness

that we may always serve you

in pureness of living and truth;

through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ 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 God our Father,

through our Saviour Jesus Christ

you have assured your children of eternal life

and in baptism have made us one with him:

deliver us from the death of sin

and raise us to new life in your love,

in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Additional Collect

 

Risen Christ,

for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:

open the doors of our hearts,

that we may seek the good of others

and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,

to the praise of God the Father.

 

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

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery

established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all

who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body

may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 20:19-31

 

Engaged within our boundaries of fear,

O God, we rise with opened eyes.

We find your peace upon us

and circulate in wonder,

contemplating life anew.

Become in this acquaintance life in us

and lead us to adore our Lord, our God.

 

Service of Table  

While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here.  We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future. 

 

Offertory / Invitation to Give

God is at work in the world, renewing, remaking, resurrecting, bringing hope through the faith, the gifts, and the work of the church. We trust in God, and together we work for peace and justice through God’s Spirit as we offer our tithes and gifts. Let us rejoice in our God-given opportunity to share in God’s work.

 

OR (adapted from the UCC)

Easter is an opportunity to rejoice and give thanks to God for all that God has done for us in Jesus: new life, abundant life! Sharing that abundance with confidence is an Easter joy.  The risen Christ gives his heartbroken disciples the gift of peace and the breath of the Holy Spirit. God is always finding ways to give to us, and our offering this morning is one way that we return a portion of what we’ve received so that a world broken and in need will hear the Good News of God’s love.  Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and praise.

 

Offertory Prayer

We know, O God, that the good news of the resurrection is not to be kept a secret, hidden away as the private promise to a few. Rather, it is to be universal communication of hope and joy to all people; and to that worldwide proclamation we dedicate our gifts today.

 

OR (Adapted from Worship Ways – at UCC.org)

Loving God, we pray that these gifts, given with love, may be further transformed like echoes of grace,  delighting all who receive their blessings.  May it be so, through the life-changing power of your Holy Spirit, and may our lives speak of a God who is still full of Easter surprises.

 

OR (from Worship Ways – at UCC.org)

O God, you have become our light and our salvation –

let these gifts open the gates of joy

to all who hunger and thirst for your holy presence

on this and every day.

May they bear the gifts of Alleluia which we hold so dear,

and give away with great joy.

We pray in the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus the Christ! Amen.

 

OR (Adapted from SpaciousFaith.com)

Holy One, you have given yourself to us in Christ. We now give back to you this money that seems so little; this worship that seems so small; these words that never quite get it right.  Receive what we offer and transform it by the power of your Spirit into enough money, sufficient praise, worthy words for proclaiming and enacting your peace, justice, and love in the world.  Amen.

 

Invitation to the Table

Luke wrote of our risen Savior, who at the table with two of the disciples, took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened, and they recognized the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread. In company with all believers in every time and place, and beyond all time and place, we come to this table, to know the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

 

OR (from SpaciousFaith.com)

Friends, let us come out of the darkness and join together in the light of God’s love. You are invited to this table of life as we join with each other and seek communion with God.

 

OR  (adapted from Rev. Teri Peterson at LiturgyLink)

Jesus met his disciples—women and men, young and old—

and invited them into his new life.

Jesus still meets his disciples—women and men, young and old—

and invites us into his new life.

That new life begins, as any life begins, with water and bread.

At this table, we receive the bread of new life.

At this table, we are called together from many individuals into one body.

At this table, we are strengthened to go answer Christ’s call.

This table is not mine, and it does not belong to this church.

This is not a [sectarian] table.

All of us, no matter who we are, or what we have done, or where we are on life’s journey, are as welcome here as Peter and Joanna and Mary and James were at the first table.

The risen Christ is the host, and he bids us come and celebrate the feast,

to know the power of resurrection, the joy of heaven, the glory of God’s grace.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

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

Gracious God, who sees through the gloom of our fears and the shades of our doubts, we seek today to see Christ among us here, at the table where he gathers all who hunger and thirst for new life. Today we proclaim our faith anew in Jesus, and look to you for a deeper understanding of how we are to live as people of faith. Pour out your Spirit upon us as we break this bread and as we receive this cup, that in them we may know him afresh, and be revived to serve him not only with our lips, but with our lives.

 

OR

Eternal One, who cares for each one of us as if you had no one else to care for, and who cares for all of us even as you care for each, we come here because you have invited us. We recognize at the deepest levels of our beings that it is at this table that we are affirmed and made whole. Send forth your Holy Spirit upon these gifts of bread and wine. In receiving them, enable us to know the presence of the living Christ who reveals himself yet again, the one who calls us to be family, the one in whose presence no other can be called a stranger. Enable us to celebrate the truth that we are members of one another, that we are family with all of your creation, and that we are all loved by you. We pray these things in the name of the Christ who has called us to you.

 

Conclusion:  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 2018.  Calendar for 2019

Sun 2 Dec 2018. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2018-19. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2018 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2018 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2018.

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE:  We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday.  We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary.  Send your comments or content here.

 

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Easter 2C

 

April 3

This ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia is supported by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund.

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 5:27-32 Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31

 

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.

Any of the Resurrection hymns (215-234) are appropriate.

260-Let It Breathe on Me

535-Faith While Trees Are Still in Blossom

670-All Who Love and Serve Your City

416-Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face

562-Because He Lives (v.1)

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 118 portions on p. 758

 

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

On Acts 5:27-32

 

Commanded to keep silence now,

obliged to bring announcement nigh:

the charges eclipsed, the word exclaimed

for God is not to be denied.

 

So fervently the Risen One

insists the resurrection word.

This One, denied and slain in spite,

wends true forgiveness in this place.

 

And certain are the joys beheld,

the seething wonder we adore –

this all is at the Lord’s good word;

the human charge is futile bile.

 

LM      Suggested tune: O Amor Ecstaticus

 

Note: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor. If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention. No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  

L: Come, let us praise the Lord, let us worship our risen Savior, for death has given away to life, despair has been overwhelmed by hope;

P: Grief has been replaced by joy, and darkness has been dispelled by light!

L: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

P: He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. God, whose love and care for us extends far beyond our human understanding, whose presence in our midst is greater than our fears and doubts, we come offering ourselves to you – our weaknesses and our strengths, our faith and our fears. We seek to know the risen Christ among us in this gathering, and trust you to reveal him to us once again, as we wait upon you in hope and expectation (praying as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions

Loving God, through Jesus Christ you bring light and life to a dark and dying world. We give you thanks and praise for your love which he reveals to us, even today, and for the hope which his life and death and resurrection unfolds for our world. Even as you love the world so greatly and sacrificially in Jesus, help us in his spirit to live and to love your world today, especially as we lift to you the lonely, the hurting, the sick and the dying.

Where there is injustice, renew our mission to do your will and bring about reconciliation, healing and peace. Where there is pain, make us agents of your regenerative power and your healing caress. May we discover and shed abroad your great love among those we encounter who are alone, or grieving or lost. Make us, as your church, your hands and feet and voice in this world, especially as we pray for those whose lives are closely linked with our own and for the needs we bring with us this day which we offer to you in silence.

As we celebrate your presence with us this day and commit ourselves to you afresh within the covenant of your love, help us to be a willing church—ready to do whatever the day demands, in order to bring the joy of your resurrection to those of our world who have no cause to celebrate. In this great season of new life, awaken us, empower us, renew us, to be faithful to you in the Spirit of Christ.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty Father,

you have given your only Son to die for our sins

and to rise again for our justification:

grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness

that we may always serve you

in pureness of living and truth;

through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ 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 God our Father,

through our Saviour Jesus Christ

you have assured your children of eternal life

and in baptism have made us one with him:

deliver us from the death of sin

and raise us to new life in your love,

in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Additional Collect

 

Risen Christ,

for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:

open the doors of our hearts,

that we may seek the good of others

and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,

to the praise of God the Father.

 

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

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery

established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all

who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body

may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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

John 20:19-31

 

Into our anxious dreads, O God,

you send the breath of Sprit,

gift of peace upon us all.

In this engagement past all expectation,

as we approach to find release,

become the vision in our hearts,

our Lord, our God, our Joy, our Life.

 

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)

God is at work in the world, renewing, remaking, resurrecting, bringing hope through the faith, the gifts, and the work of the church. We trust in God, and together we work for peace and justice through God’s Spirit as we offer our tithes and gifts. Let us rejoice in our God-given opportunity to share in God’s work.

 

Offertory Prayer

We know, O God, that the good news of the resurrection is not to be kept a secret, hidden away as the private promise to a few. Rather, it is to be universal communication of hope and joy to all people; and to that worldwide proclamation we dedicate our gifts today.

 

Invitation to Commune

Luke wrote of our risen Savior, who at the table with two of the disciples, took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened, and they recognized the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread. In company with all believers in every time and place, and beyond all time and place, we come to this table, to know the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

 

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 God, who sees through the gloom of our fears and the shades of our doubts, we seek today to see Christ among us here, at the table where he gathers all who hunger and thirst for new life. Today we proclaim our faith anew in Jesus, and look to you for a deeper understanding of how we are to live as people of faith. Pour out your Spirit upon us as we break this bread and as we receive this cup, that in them we may know him afresh, and be revived to serve him not only with our lips, but with our lives. 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.

 

NOTE: We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday. We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. Send your comments or content here.

 

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NOTE:  We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday.  We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. 

Send your comments or content here.

 

Easter 2C

April 7

 

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 5:27-32
Roman Catholic reading: Acts 5:12-16

Psalm 118:14-29or Psalm 150
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 118:2-24
United Methodist reading: Psalm 150

Revelation 1:4-8
Roman Catholic reading: Revelation 1:9-11, 12-13, 17-19

John 20:19-31

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   Any of the Resurrection hymns (215-234) are appropriate.

Hymn of Prayer:    260-Let It Breathe on Me

Hymn of Invitation:   535-Faith While Trees Are Still in Blossom; 670-All Who Love and Serve Your City

Communion Hymn:   416-Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  562-Because He Lives (v.1)

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.  Also see great Hymn References from Oremus Hymnal:  http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/yearc.html

 

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). Portions of Ps. 118 on p.758; Ps. 150 is on p. 768.

 

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

On John 20:19-31

 

Suddenly come, we see the Lord

whose hands and side are pierced for us.

His breath is come: the Spirit blows,

transforming every glance and hope.

 

Over again the coming Lord

appears and brings our eyes to see.

He opens all to our desire

and certifies our great surprise.

 

Now in faith’s night illumined space

we find unseeing all that binds.

We echo in this florid joy

the bright, blithe ecstasy: delight.

 

LM   Suggested tune: Truro

 

 

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

John 20:19-31

 

Your Spirit blows upon us, O God,

and filters hearts with peace

unspeakable.

Unsearchable, as we discover now,

encounter us in depth and awe

that, full of joy, we know of joy

our Lord and God.

 

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

Collect

 

Almighty Father,

you have given your only Son to die for our sins

and to rise again for our justification:

grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness

that we may always serve you

in pureness of living and truth;

through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ 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 God our Father,

through our Saviour Jesus Christ

you have assured your children of eternal life

and in baptism have made us one with him:

deliver us from the death of sin

and raise us to new life in your love,

in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Risen Christ,

for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:

open the doors of our hearts,

that we may seek the good of others

and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,

to the praise of God the Father.

 

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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