A CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 4)
Know that God has set apart the faithful for God;
the LORD hears when I call.
Tremble in awe, but do not sin;
ponder it on your beds, and be untroubled.
Make sacrifices of righteousness,
and trust in the LORD.
Many say, “Who will show us good?
The light of your presence has fled from us, O LORD!”
You put joy in my heart
more than when their grain and wine abound.
I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O LORD, make me lie down in safety.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 24:36b-48
If you didn’t do it last week, 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).
If you did make that banner, perhaps a supplementary banner could also bear the words, “Peace be to you”, together with an appropriate fish symbol
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, 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.)
God, who raised up and exalted Jesus,
by the peace that only you can give
dispel fear, confusion and doubt
and bring consolation to those known to us,
whom we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts;
in Jesus’ name we pray…
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR EASTER 3 – YEAR B
|Christ is the world’s redeemer
|Christ the Lord is risen again
|O for a heart to praise my God
|O love of God, how strong and true
|Spirit of truth, essential God
|The day of resurrection
|Christ is alive! Let Christians sing
|Jesus the name high over all
|O for a thousand tongues to sing.
|To the name of our salvation
|When love is found and hope comes home
|Yours be the glory
|Sometimes a light surprises
|When I call, answer me, O God of justice
|When trouble strikes, and feartakes root
|With joy, we meditate the grace
|l John 3:1-7
|Behold the amazing gift of love
|By your kingly power,O risen Lord
|Dear Father, Lord of humankind
|I need you, Lord, for I have seen
|I want to walk as a child of the light
|Lord Jesus, think on me
|O love how deep, how broad, how high
|Sing praise to the Lord! praise him in the height
|We give immortal praise
|Yours be the glory
|Alleluia, Christ is risen!
|Christ the Lord is risen today
|Come, God’s people, shout for joy
|Come, let us to the Lord our God
|I know that my Redeemer lives
|Jesus Christ is risen today
|My daughters and sons hear tell
|Now is eternal life
|Now the green blade rises