32B – Easter 2B

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See also my post from 2012, 2018, 2021…

WE GATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY (Psalm 133: a translation for today)
How good, indeed, how pleasant it is,
for a community to live as one.
It is like precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
the beard of Aaron,
which flows down over his robes;
like dew on Mount Hermon,
which comes upon the mountains of Zion
for there the LORD has ordained the blessing –
life for ever.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – John 20:19-31
(a) Why not try a “return offering” of small easter eggs (e.g. the solid ones the size of pigeon eggs)?
(b) Create a banner bearing a Jerusalem cross. (The crosses represent the five wounds of Jesus: the four small crosses, the four smaller wounds of the hands and feet; the larger cross, the wound in his side). Perhaps the banner could also bear the words, “My Lord, and my God!”.

In addition, bookmarks, carrying a pen and ink outline of the banner, photocopied onto light card could distributed by way of a “return offering” to the congregation. Recipients could be encouraged to take them home, decorate them as they choose, and use them.

Also you can 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 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.)
God, who raised up and exalted Jesus,
in your steadfast love
help us bring consolation to those know to us,
whom we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts;
return to our memory those whom we have forgotten;
be present to those who have no-one
and to each of us in our doubting…
      (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

Come let us with our Lord arise TIS 375
Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one accord TIS 411
Jesus Christ is risen today TIS 362
Yours be the glory TIS 380
Now the green blade rises TIS 382
Alleluia, Christ is risen! TIS 395
ACTS 4:32-35
Now we come, our heavenly Father TIS 462
All praise to our redeeming Lord TIS 442
Come Holy Spirit, Lord of grace TIS 403
Dear Father, Lord of humankind TIS 598
1 JOHN 1:1-2:2
Christ is the heavenly food that gives TIS 522
Christ is the world’s true light TIS 238
Come, O God of all the earth TIS 181
Easter glory fills the sky TIS 388
Eternal light, shine in my heart TIS 548
Fill my whole life, O Lord my God TIS 596
Here, gracious Lord, we see you face to TIS 516
I know that my Redeemer lives TIS 376
I know that my Redeemer TIS 202
I want to walk as a child of the light TIS 643
Joyful, joyful we adore you TIS 152
Let earth and heaven combine TIS 305
Lord, the light of your love is shining TIS 675
My daughters and sons hear tell TIS 363
O Laughing Light, O first born of creation TIS 255
O breath of God, breathe on us now TIS 408
Salvation now to us has come TIS 195
So God loved the people of the world TIS 241
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
JOHN 20:19-31
Breathe on me, breath of God TIS 407
Christ is alive, with joy we sing TIS 393
Christ is risen! Shout hosanna! TIS 394
Christ the Lord is risen again TIS 365
Come, God’s people, sing for joy TIS 391
Crown him with many crowns TIS 228
Faith will not grow from words alone TIS 691
God! When human bonds are broken TIS 683
He is risen, he is risen TIS 379
I am alone, yet not alone TIS 605
I know that my redeemer lives TIS 376
I, the Lord of sea and sky TIS 658
In suffering love the thread of life TIS 177
Light’s reddening dawn gleams TIS 360
Love divine all loves excelling TIS 217
Man more than man TIS 355
My daughters and my sons hear tell TIS 363
O for a thousand tongues to sing TIS 210
That Eastertide with joy was bright TIS 360
The day of resurrection TIS 361
These things did Thomas count as real TIS 649
Thuma mina Somandla [Send me, Jesus] TIS 749
To Christ, the Prince of Peace TIS 335

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