35B – Easter 5B

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See also my post from 2012, 2018, 2021…

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 22:25-31)
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the LORD shall praise him.
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD God;
For dominion belongs to the LORD, embracing all the nations. 
All who sleep in the earth bow down;
future generations will serve the LORD.
God’s mighty saving acts will be proclaimed
from generation to generation;
our children’s children will be told what the LORD has done

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

(a) Create a vine from twisted brown crepe paper, or other as appropriate, an fix it to an appropriate and prominent wall space, or communion rail, if you have one in your church. Provide every worshipper with a “hand-sized” vine leaf, cut from green paper or light card, as they arrive for worship. After the reading of the Gospel have everyone write on their card their “fruit” i.e. one particular skill/gift/attribute which they offer in ministry/discipleship.
As part of the offertory, worshippers come to the vine and attach their “leaf”.
(b) Alternatively From a central, or focal, point distribute brown, green and purple crepe paper streamers throughout the congregation so that everyone is able to take hold of a streamer. The “vine and the branches” may be symbolised in this way. There are a variety of ways of dealing with the streamers afterwards – but your imaginations will best meet the needs of your situation.
(c) Then again, 1 John 4:7-21, offers the opportunity for a “return offering”. Heart shapes (approx 7 cm across by 6cm deep), bearing the words “We love because God first loved us” (v.19), could be cut from coloured light card. Attach a piece of “fridge magnet” (approx. 1.5 cm square) to the back of each heart. Distribute to the congregation as a “return offering” as appropriate in the latter part of worship.

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.

(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.)
Vinegrower God,
through the raising of your Son to new life,
you broke the power of death.
Do not forsake those who call on your name;
do not be far from those we have named today,
those we name in our hearts
and those whose groanings are known only to you.
Loving God of all generations,
hear the cries of our world;
in Jesus’ name…
      (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

For the beauty of the earth TIS 137
Have faith in God my heart TIS 619
I’m not ashamed to own my Lord TIS 562
Like the murmur of the doves song TIS 419
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431
The love of Christ has gathered us as one TIS 434
This is the day the Lord has made TIS 368
We know that Christ is raised and dies no more TIS 489
We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ TIS 486
Acts 8:26-40
Baptised into your name most holy TIS 481
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
O love, how deep, how broad, how high TIS 194
Wash, O God, our sons and daughters TIS 493
We know that Christ is raised TIS 489
Psalm 22:25-31
All who see me deride me TIS 9
Christ the Lord is risen today TIS 370
From heaven you came, helpless babe TIS 256
In the presence of your people TIS 727
1 John 4:7-21
All the sleepy should have a place to sleep TIS 697
Christ is the world’s light, he and none TIS 246
Christ, from whom all blessings flow TIS 440
Come as you are, that’s how I want you TIS 693
Father welcomes all his children TIS 491
For the beauty of the earth TIS 137
God beyond glory TIS 678
Help us accept each other TIS 648
In great thanksgiving, O love divine TIS 632
King of glory, king of peace TIS 201
Let earth and heaven combine TIS 305
Lord, I come to you TIS 685
Lord, you have been our dwelling place TIS 144
Love divine, all loves excelling TIS 217
Make me a channel of your peace TIS 607
My song is love unknown TIS 341
Now is eternal life TIS 385
O love of God, how strong, how true TIS 139
O the deep, deep love of Jesus TIS 232
Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offer TIS 627
Pull back the veil on the dawn of creation TIS 326
Robe yourself, my soul, with gladness TIS 503
Salvation now to us has come TIS 195
The love of Christ has gathered us as one TIS 434
This is a day of new beginnings TIS 653
To Christ, the Prince of peace TIS 335
Where there is charity and love TIS 434
Your love, O God, has called us here TIS 664
John 15:1-8
Christ is alive, with joy we sing: TIS 393
Fairest Lord Jesus TIS 203
I bind unto myself today TIS 478
Jesus lives! your terrors now TIS 372
Joyful, joyful we adore you TIS 152
Like the murmur of the dove’s song TIS 419
Lord, you are the light of life to me TIS 261
O stay with us, Lord Jesus TIS 551
Sent forth by God’s blessing TIS 531
What shall we offer our good Lord TIS 439
While morning still is breaking TIS 104

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