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Easter B

 

April 5

 

A service including Baptism/Baptismal Renewal is available from 2012.

 

Prayers for a service for Easter evening is available here.

 

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

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.

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). 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://www.modernpsalter.com/ or

http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week: Psalm 118, see p. 758.

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Mark 16:1-8 (from 2012

               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

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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  

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).

 

or

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!

Prayer of Approach

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

1

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.

4

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.

Prayers 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.

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

O God, who for our redemption gave your only‑begotten

Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection

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 resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,

now and for ever. Amen.

 

or this

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the

glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that

Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we,

being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in

sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives

and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,

now and for ever. Amen.

or this

Almighty God, who through your only‑begotten Son Jesus

Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of

everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the

day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death

of sin by your life‑giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our

Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one

God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Mark 16:1-8

Encountering the rising of the Lord, O God,

we stammer, stagger, flummoxed and besot.

For awe encompasses this morning

where all is new, renewed, begun afresh

and we are stunned

at this beginning, awe-struck

in the Resurrected Lord,

Jesus Christ.

Service of Table

Preparation

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

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

Beloved in Christ, the gospel tells us that on the first day of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from death, appeared to Mary Magdalene, on that same day sat at the table with two disciples and was made known to them in the breaking of bread. This is the joyful feast of the people of God. Men and women, youth and children, come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and gather about Christ’s table. This table is for all who wish to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of God’s people. (UCC – adapted from resp. form)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

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

Holy God, creator of heaven and earth, we joyfully thank you and praise your name. You formed the universe in your wisdom, and created all things by your power. You set us in families on the earth to live with you in faith. We praise you for good gifts of bread and wine, and for the table you spread in the world as a sign of your love for all people. We praise you, Lord, for sending your only Son Jesus to live among us, full of grace and truth. He made you known to all who receive him.

Sharing our joy and sorrow, he healed the sick, befriended sinners, and showed us the way to everlasting life. Even having taken up his cross and dying that we might live, he overcame death and is risen in power. He is with us still, victorious over every power that can hurt or divide us.

And so, in remembrance of all your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we take this bread and cup and give you thanks and praise. Pour out your Spirit upon us, that this bread and cup may be for us the body and blood of Christ, and that we, and all who share this feast, may be one with Christ and he with us. Fill us with eternal life, that with joy we may be his faithful people until we feast with him in glory.

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…’”]

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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.

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.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2014. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2014 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2014; 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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Easter 7B

Ascension Sunday

May 20

 

Ascension Day was May 17, but it is common to use texts from Ascension Day on the last Sunday before Pentecost.  Both sets are provided below, as are other resources for both occasions.

 

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

For Easter 7 Lessons: Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Roman Catholic reading: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26

Psalm 1
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 103:1-20

1 John 5:9-13
Roman Catholic reading: 1 John 4:11-16

John 17:6-19
Roman Catholic reading: John 17:11-19

For Ascension Lessons: Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

Acts 1:1-11

Psalm 47 or Psalm 93
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 47:2-9

Ephesians 1:15-23
Roman Catholic reading: Ephesians 1:17-23

Luke 24:44-53

Roman Catholic reading, Year B: Mark 16:15-20

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   233, 93, 699 (Ascension: 91-92, 234)

Hymn of Prayer:  114, 117, 578 

Hymn of Invitation:  582, 538

Communion Hymn:   404 (Ascension: 430)

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  95, 459

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).  No good ideas here, except a chorus offered for Psalm 47:1, which is in Chalice Hymnal #38. Another significant lacuna, I might add, in the Chalice Psalter.  An adaptation may be found in Call to Worship below.

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

On John 17:6-19

                        As Jesus and our God are one

                        so by his prayer are we,

                        becoming in his likeness now

                        the living of his word.

                        Delightfully in his approach

                        we dally in our Jesus

                        that in the fullness of his love

                        we might allow your word.

                        O God, in all you mercy shown,

                        within the passion hewn

                        of love’s excesses, we look up,

                        discover your desire.

                        Your word to Jesus is ours now;

                        he’s given us your truth.

                        And in this unity of love

                        we find our life’s delight.

CM                  Suggested tune: Metzler’s Redhead No.66

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

John 17: 1-11

We gather today as Christ’s own people – a redeemed people, a united people, and a commissioned people; for we are redeemed by Christ’s sacrifice, we are united by his love, and we are commissioned by his word.

Call to Worship  (created or adapted by the editor)

Adapted from Psalm 47

L: Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy.

P:  The Lord Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.

L: God has gone up with a shout, with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God.

P:  Sing praises!

L: Sing praises to our King.

P:  Sing praises!

L: For God is sovereign over all the earth, enthroned above the nations.

P:  Praise God who is highly exalted!

Adapted from Psalm 93

L: The Lord our king is robed in majesty, robed and girded with strength.

P:  God has established the world; it shall never be moved.

L: Your throne is established from of old.

P:  You are from everlasting.

L:  The floods have lifted up their roaring voice.

P:  But more majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,

     more majestic than the waves of the sea,

     majestic on high is the LORD!

Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)

John 17: 1-11

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  Lord, teach us, that we may think your thoughts, Lord, lead us, that we may walk your ways, Lord, fill us, that we may share your Being, Lord, inspire us, that we may advocate your cause, Lord, use us, that we may do your work.  This we pray in the name of Jesus the Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

Intercessions (A framework for prayer for this day, adapted by the editor from Common Worship)

High and holy God, robed in majesty, Lord of heaven and earth, we pray that you will bring justice, faith and salvation to all peoples.  [Especially we pray …

You chose us in Christ to be your people and to be the temple of your Holy Spirit; we pray that you will fill your Church with vision and hope.  [Especially we pray

Your Spirit among us affirms that we are fellow-heirs with Christ and pleads for us in our weakness; we pray for all who are in need or distress. 

In the resurrection of Jesus, you have opened heaven to us and enabled us to share in your glory: the joy of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit from before the world was made.  May your whole Church, living and departed, come to a joyful resurrection in your city of light.

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God. (silence is kept, followed by a concluding collect and/or the Lord’s Prayer)

Concluding Collect:  God, our refuge and strength, listen to the prayers of your children; you yourself have inspired them.  Grant that all our prayers might be made according to your will, and that in faith we might endure with them in the presence of our Advocate, Jesus the Christ.  Amen.

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

John 17:6-19

        As we have been kept from the throes of the Evil One,

                        O God, keep us now in your ways,

                                        hedged about for good, for mercy.

                        For in this day you open for us

                                        the grandeur of your delight

                                                        and the glorious beauty of our Savior,

                                                                        Christ Jesus.

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

Collect

O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Eternal God, giver of love and power,
your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world
to preach the gospel of his kingdom:
confirm us in this mission,
and help us to live the good news we proclaim;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.

 

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 6

May 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:

Acts 10:44-48
Roman Catholic reading: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, Acts 10:44-48

Psalm 98
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 98:1-4

1 John 5:1-6
Roman Catholic reading: 1 John 4:7-10

John 15:9-17

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   517

Hymn of Prayer:    585

Hymn of Invitation:   249

Communion Hymn:   387

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  432

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). Chalice Hymnal p. 750

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

On 1 John 5:1-6

               In loving God we hear the word:

               obey commandments naturally.

               For, loving God, we are his word;

               commandments are inscribed at heart.

               And in this yielding we become

               the children of the love of God.

               In loving God, then, overcome

               the boundaries of latent fear,

               the burdens of convention’s load

               and blindness to the Spirit’s lift.

               Invest the heart, oblation’s gift,

               in generosity of love.

8.8.8.8.8.8.                 Suggested tune: Gloucester

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

John 15:9-17

            As chosen, O God, we come unto you,

                        chosen that we know the love of Jesus

                                    and learn to love one another

                                                as we have been loved.

                        By the intimate care of our Lord,

                                    we lift our hearts in joy,

                                    the joy of our Lord

                                                made full in us.

                                    Thanks be to God!

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

 

Collect

God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us
   to eternal joy;
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

God our Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:
may we thirst for you,
the spring of life and source of goodness,
through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Alternative Collect

Risen Christ,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.

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 5

May 6

 

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 8:26-40
Roman Catholic reading: Acts 9:26-31

Psalm 22:25-31
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 22:26-32
Episcopal reading (RCL): Psalm 22:24-30

1 John 4:7-21
Roman Catholic reading: 1 John 3:18-24

John 15:1-8

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   97

Hymn of Prayer:    581

Hymn of Invitation:   322

Communion Hymn:   386

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  453

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). Chalice Hymnal p. 733 (last stanza)

 

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

On Acts 8:26-40

 

               Finding Jesus in the word

               where the prophet’s vision

               sees the lamb yet dumb before

               those who shear or slaughter,

               brings alive the spark of life

               to invite baptism

               where the desert pool allows

               Philip’s inclination.

 

               For the Spirit stirs in him,

               prods him to take action,

               to interpret how the reading

               echoes in our Jesus,

               taking of the man adored

               all the shades of glory –

               how the answer to the word

               lies in Jesus’ story.

 

               As the Spirit intervenes,

               Philip rises, answers

               that the urgency of God

               now begets in searches

               what we know of faith’s delight

               in abandon’s purpose.

               Certainly we learn of God

               joy’s abounding reaches.

 

7.6.7.6.D                      Suggested tune: St. John Damascus

 

 

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

John 15:1-8

 

            Feed us, O God, and establish us

                        in the sure stock of your vine,

                                    Christ Jesus our Lord.

                        In him we are nurtured and rooted;

                                    in him we are sustained

                                                and bring forth the fruit

                                                            to your glory, O God,

                                    for ever and ever.

 

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

 

Collect

Almighty God,
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us
   you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Eternal God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant us to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Alternative Collect

Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.

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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3rd Sunday of Easter B

April 22

 

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 3:12-19
Roman Catholic reading: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

Psalm 4
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 4:2-9

1 John 3:1-7
Roman Catholic reading: 1 John 2:1-5

Luke 24:36b-48
Roman Catholic reading: Luke 24:35-48

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   222 or 221

Hymn of Invitation:   589

Communion Hymn:   398

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).  Sorry – no suggestions today.

 

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

On 1 John 3:1-7

 

Called now children of our God,

wrapping wonder as in Jesus,

known the same as Jesus is,

woven in his risen fabric:

Alleluia.

 

Carefully extended hope

in the way of Jesus moving,

we become the vision let

in the promise of our Savior.

Alleluia.

 

Caught into the life we find

in the bounty of our Jesus,

we’re discovering our lives

are in promise of his coming:

Alleluia.

 

7.8.7.8. with Alleluia             Suggested tune: St. Albinus

 

Call to Worship  (created or adapted by the editor)

L: Thank the Lord with all your heart, in the gathered assembly of God’s people.

        P:  Mighty are the deeds of the Lord; great are the God’s works,

      studied by all who have pleasure in them.

L: Holy and awesome is God’s name! 

     To worship the Lord is the highest wisdom; those who do so know all that is good.

P:  God’s praises will last forever.

L: Christ is risen!

P:  Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!

 

Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  O Christ, your wondrous birth is meaningless unless we are born from above.  Your death is meaningless unless we die to sin.  Your resurrection is meaningless if you only are raised.  Bring us now to such love for you that we may enjoy you forever.  For all things in the heavens and on earth are yours eternally.  Hear our prayers, offered in the name and spirit of Jesus our Lord  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions (created or adapted by the editor)

        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.  (Silence is kept)

        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 season of new life, awaken us, empower us, renew us, to be faithful to you in the spirit of Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray.

 

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

On Luke 24:36b-48

 

        Your promise, O God, is set upon us.

                        We wait your Spirit, your power,

                                        your gentle abundance

                                                        for the announcement of good news,

                                                        your gospel in Jesus,

                                                                        crucified and risen.

                        We rejoice in the full measure of all things in Jesus.

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

Collect

Almighty Father,
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples
   with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
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

Living God,
your Son made himself known to his disciples
in the breaking of bread:
open the eyes of our faith,
that we may see him in all his redeeming work;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Alternative Collect

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.

 

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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2nd Sunday of Easter B

April 15

 

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 4:32-35

Psalm 133
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 118:2-24

1 John 1:1 – 2:2
Roman Catholic reading: 1 John 5:1-6

John 20:19-31

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   218

Hymn of Prayer:   254

Hymn of Invitation:  356

Communion Hymn:   416

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  226

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 page 764

 

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

On Acts 4:32-35

 

                                        Alive with Jesus risen

                                        the gathered people joy.

                                        For in their new community

                                        the savior lives in truth.

                                        The known desire of Jesus

                                        fills their abundant hope

                                        and satisfies the longing

                                        in life fulfilled as one.

 

                                        With startling witness as their way

                                        the gathered find complete

                                        the many and the opulence

                                        that God provides them all.

                                        In all the bounty of their days

                                        they know well Jesus’ joy.

                                        For all of life is full and ripe

                                        with Jesus’ risen power.

 

                                        Abounding in the moment we

                                        decree the wonder, too.

                                        For in this gathering of joy

                                        is Jesus, fully live.

                                        We find him in each other now

                                        yet in the stranger too.

                                        And as we share the deeper heart

                                        we know the wealth of love.

 

7.6.7.6.D   Suggested tune: Ellacombe

 

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

Jesus has passed through the door of death and opened the way to the blessing of life.  As on the third day, his presence can penetrate the barrier of our fears and give us peace, that we may proclaim the beauty of forgiveness and the strength that community supplies.   Friends, Christ is risen, and he is here.  Let us worship God, who blesses us with life.

 

Call to Worship  (created or adapted by the editor)

(AS SUBSTITUTE for above Greeting)

L:  Jesus has passed through the door of death and opened the way to the blessing of life. 

P:  As on the third day, his presence can penetrate our fears and give us peace, that we may proclaim the beauty of forgiveness and the strength of community.   

L:  Friends, Christ is risen.

P:  Christ is risen, indeed!

L:  Let us worship God, who blesses us with life.

P:  Praise the Lord!

 

Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  Most precious God, as we continue to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, we pray that we may be bound together in Christian love, and that our faith and fellowship may be a witness through which your spirit will bring life to others.  We ask that we may learn how to truly be your Easter people, even when faith is hard; for we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions (created or adapted by the editor)

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.

 

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

On John 20:19-31

 

        Breathe upon us, Lord Jesus,

                        that we receive Holy Spirit

                                        and know you, risen from the dead.

                        Peace you offer, Lord: nurture in us

                                        the ferment of your peace

                                                        in the forgiving of sins

                                                        and the gift of faith.

 

 

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 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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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. 

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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.

Full Text

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)

1

                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.

4

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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