33A – Easter 3A

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CALL TO WORSHIP (From Psalm 116)
The LORD is gracious, and merciful,
and hears me when I call
The LORD has been good to you;
the LORD has delivered my life from death
my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
Then come with thanksgiving,
and call on the name of the LORD.
Let us worship God.

Psalm 116:1-4,12-19
Out of love the LORD has heard my cry;
the LORD listened when I called, 
therefore I will proclaim as long as I live.
What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all God’s people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of God’s faithful ones. 
O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. 
You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all God’s people,
in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD!

Source of life,
may the works of our hands
bring you honour;
may the life we live
reflect the risen Word of life;
may the service we offer
be inspired by the Breath of life. Amen.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2014.

Continue to use last week’s swathe of white and/or gold/yellow cloth flowing over the front of the worship/communion table and onto the floor as a basis for creativity and symbols during the Easter season.

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.

(A prayer, usually with connection to one or more of the lections for the day, to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession. Sometimes this prayer also borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)

Companion 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 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 lives are exhausted;
for all this day who will find their rest in you;
In your mercy,
journey with all whom we name in word and silence …
By the presence of your Spirit of mystery and grace
encourage us in the days ahead
so that we can go faithfully as sisters and brothers
of the risen 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

Be known to us in breaking bread TIS 514
God of all power and truth and grace TIS 567
How firm a foundation, you people of God TIS 578
This is the day the Lord has made TIS 368
Acts 2:14a,36-41
They that believe and are baptized TIS 479
We have a gospel to proclaim TIS 245
Psalm 116
For the beauty of the earth TIS 137
What shall we offer our good Lord TIS 439
1 Peter 1:17-23
Come, God’s people, sing for joy TIS 391
Fairest Lord Jesus TIS 203
Hark! a herald voice is calling TIS 264
Glory be to Jesus TIS 344
God of all power, and truth, and grace TIS 567
I come with joy to meet my Lord TIS 533
Lord, your word abiding TIS 427
Nature with open volume stands TIS 343
What shall we offer our good Lord TIS 439
Luke 24:13-35
Be known to us in breaking bread TIS 514
Brother, sister, let me serve you TIS 650
Christ is alive! let Christians sing TIS 387
Christ the Lord is risen today TIS 370
Alleluia, Christ is risen TIS 395
Christ is alive, with joy we sing TIS 393
Christians, lift up your hearts … TIS 424
Come risen Lord, and deign to be our guest TIS 524
Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts TIS 499
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy TIS 613
O changeless Christ, for ever new TIS 254
O stay with us, Lord Jesus TIS 551
O Jesus, I have promised TIS 595
O Master, let me walk with thee TIS 601

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