31B – Easter Day

30B - Holy Saturday32B - Easter 2B
 
CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 118)
Give thanks to the LORD, who alone is good;
whose steadfast love is everlasting! 
Let the gates of righteousness be opened
that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD. 
This is the gate of the LORD;
the righteous shall enter through it. 
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

Gracious and eternal God,
Let the silent mystery of your Spirit
surround, sustain and excite us.
Transform our gathering to your glory,
and perfect our worship for your praise.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

PSALM 118:1 ,2, 14-24
Give thanks to the LORD, who alone is good;
whose steadfast love is everlasting! 
The LORD is my strength and my might;
the LORD is my salvation.
Let the gates of righteousness be opened
that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD. 
This is the gate of the LORD;
the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000.


A CREATIVE MOMENT 
Click here for some ideas for worship in Lent and Easter gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) originally published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.


THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer will borrow lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
 
Gracious God,
we hear the pain of our world and pray
for all for whom this new day is the beginning of life;
for all who face new ventures and new challenges;
for the people engulfed by loneliness, despair or grief;
for all who feel cast off from your presence;
for all who are walled in by circumstance,
and whose will to live is exhausted;
for all who this day will encounter death.
Loving God of all generations,
on this day of days,
hear the cries of our world,
of those we name in our hearts and on our lips.
and do valiantly with your right hand.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer. Amen
      (The Prayers of the People continue)


Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR EASTER DAY- YEAR B
   
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord TIS 390 SA 2
Bless the Lord, my soul TIS 706
By your kingly power,O risen Lord TIS 386 AHB 306
Christ is alive, with joy we sing; TIS 393
Come, God’s people, sing for joy TIS 391 SA 26
Halle, halle, halle, hallelujah TIS 720
I know that my Redeemer TIS 202 AHB 299
Jesus lives! your terrors now TIS 372 AHB 294
Joyful the morning when Jesus is risen TIS 383
Now the green blade rises from the buried grain TIS 382
Praise to the Holiest in the height TIS 141 AHB 79
This joyful Eastertide TIS 381 AHB 302
Yours be the glory TIS 380 AHB 303
Acts 10: 34-43
All who love and serve your city TIS 634 AHB 562
Fold to your heart your sister and your broth TIS 587 AHB 503
Hail! our once despised Jesus TIS 373 AHB 295
My God, accept my heart this day TIS 485 AHB 410
O let the Son of God enfold you TIS 655
O what a gift, what a wonderful gift TIS 278 AHB 213
Psalm 118:1-2,14-24
Come let us with our Lord arise TIS 375 AHB 297
Give thanks for the Lord is good TIS 74
The day of resurrection TIS 361 AHB 277
This is the day the Lord has made TIS 368 AHB 289
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Christ is risen! Shout hosanna! TIS 394
Christ the Lord is risen today TIS 370 AHB 290
The strife is past, the battle done TIS 367 AHB 287
Mark 16:1-8 OR John 20:1-18
A prophet-woman broke a jar TIS 696
At the dawning of salvation TIS 392 SA 9
Christ is the world’s light TIS 246 AHB 191
He is risen, he is risen! TIS 379
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds TIS 223 AHB 158
I danced in the morning TIS 242 AHB 183
Jesus Christ is risen today TIS 362 AHB 280
My daughters and sons hear tell TIS 363 AHB 281
Myrrh-bearing Mary from Magdala came TIS 660
Pull back the veil on the dawn of creation TIS 326
The day of resurrection TIS 361 AHB 277

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