31C – Easter Day

30C - Holy Saturday32C - Easter 2C
 
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

CALL TO WORSHIP (from 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. 

OFFERING
Creating and generous God
we give you thanks, for you alone are good,
and your steadfast love is for ever.
By your right hand you have overcome death;
you have acted to put things right,
and so in gratitude we bring
our praise and our thanks;
our lives and symbols of our daily living.
By your Spirit
enable us to be responsible stewards
of all that you have entrusted to us;
in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2013.


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), 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 borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
Risen Jesus, as you breathed new life and courage
into your timid disciples,
breathe on us.
Breathe the comfort you gave your disciples
into those we name on our lips
and in our silence…
those who love and care for them…
those whose troubles are known only to you;
and those who have no-one…
      (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
Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24
All glory,praise and honour TIS 333 AHB 250
Give thanks for the Lord is good TIS 74
God is our song, and every singer blest TIS 646 SA 38
This day God gives me TIS 642 AHB 570
This is the day the Lord has made TIS 368 AHB 289
1 Corinthians 15: 19-26
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord TIS 390 SA 2
By your kingly power, O risen Lord TIS 386 AHB 306
Hail the day that sees him rise TIS 369 AHB 291
Jesus, my Redeemer lives TIS 366
Joyful the morning when Jesus Christ is risen TIS 383
Now is eternal life TIS 385 AHB 305
John 20:1-18
Alleluia! Christ is risen TIS 395
At the dawning of salvation TIS 392 SA 9
Christ is alive, with joy we sing TIS 393 AHB
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing TIS 387 SA 18
Christ the Lord is risen again TIS 365 AHB 282
Come, God’s people, sing for joy TIS 391 SA 26
Easter glory fills the sky TIS 388
He is risen, he is risen TIS 379
Joyful the morning when Jesus Christ is risen TIS 383
Light’s reddening dawn gleams through TIS 360 AHB 276
Man more than man TIS 355 AHB 274
Mrryh-bearing Mary from Magdala came TIS 660
Now the green blade rises TIS 382
O what a gift, what a wonderful gift TIS 278 AHB 213
The day of resurrection TIS 361 AHB 277
Yours be the glory, risen, conquering Son TIS 380 AHB 303
Luke 24:1-12
A prophet-woman broke a jar TIS 696
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands TIS 364 AHB 283
He is risen, he is risen TIS 379
Jesus Christ is risen today TIS 362 AHB 280
Joyful the morning when Jesus Christ is risen TIS 383
Light’s reddening dawn gleams through the sky TIS 360
Woman in the night TIS 661

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