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CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 30)
Sing praises to the LORD,
and give thanks to God’s holy name
for the LORD our God has healed us
when we cried for help
and restored us
in times of deepest despair.
The LORD has turned our sorrow into dancing;
taken our sackcloth from us,and clothed us with joy.
Sing to the LORD without end,
and give thanks to the LORD for ever. 
Eternal and ever present God,
sustain and excite our gathered community;
arouse our expectancy;
subdue our expectations.
Come, silent Spirit, and embrace us.
Let the words we see and hear and speak and sing
be transformed by the Word made flesh, 
that our worship may be wholly yours, Lord God.
We pray in the name of the risen one. Amen

Joyful praise I give you, O LORD;
you drew me up and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
I called on you and you healed me;
you brought my life up from the darkest depths.
I was among those going down to a pit of death,
but you brought me to life.
All you faithful, praise the LORD,
praise the holy name of the LORD.

O LORD, a fractured relationship with you is like a death;
yet your one desire is life – community with you.
With darkness weeping remains,
but joy comes with the hint of morning light.
We’ve come to take so much for granted in our lives:
“I’m OK – steady as a rock.
In fact, LORD, you’ve been so good to me
I’m more secure than a strong mountain.”
Then it seemed that you hid your face from me, 
and I was terrified.
I cried out to you, LORD, when things were really grim;
I pleaded with you to restore my good circumstance:
“What profit is there in my weeping, in my going down in the pit?
Will the dust praise you? Will it declare your faithfulness?
Hear me, LORD, and be merciful.
O LORD, be my help.”
You transformed my mourning into dance,
and gave me new life;
you have taken my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy,
so that my life will praise you, and not weep.
O LORD, my God, I will praise you – for ever.

Risen One,
As the disciples brought their abundance
so we bring our gifts and our lives.
As you fed your disciples with bread and fish
enable us by our giving and living
to sustain and encourage others in body and spirit. Amen

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – John 21:1-19 
(a) Place a bowl of water with a lighted tea candle floating in it at a focal point in the worship space. Drape a swathe of light blue clothe from that arrangement onto the floor, or perhaps use “fishing net” e.g. the type used to protect fruit trees/vines from birds, which you can purchase by the metre from your local hardware store. Attach fish cut from coloured paper.

Serve “fish fingers” at morning tea after worship.

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.

(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 encouraged your disciples
encourage us to cast your nets of care and hope
more widely
and, strengthened by your spirit,
be strength to those whom we name
in word and silence…
company to the lonely…
comfort to those weighed down with grief…

      (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

Acts 9: 1-6
God gives us a future TIS 687
God moves in a mysterious way TIS 126
Make me a captive, Lord TIS 604
My God accept my heart this day TIS 485
Psalm 30
Come, O God of all the earth TIS 181
Comfort, comfort all my people TIS 647
I danced in the morning when the world was begun TIS 242
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me TIS 18
Made in God’s likeness, moved by the Spirit TIS 670
O love that wilt not let me go TIS 602
Through all the changing scenes of life TIS 112
Revelation 5:11-14
All glory, praise and honour TIS 333
Come, let us join our cheerful songs TIS 204
Crown him with many crowns TIS 228
Glory be to Jesus TIS 344
Glory to our boundless God TIS 189
Hail Redeemer, King divine TIS 237
Hail, gladdening light, of his pure glory TIS 191
I, the Lord of sea and sky TIS 658
King of glory, King of peace TIS 201
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour TIS 520
Nature with open volume stands TIS 343
The love of God is greater far TIS 151
To him who sits upon the throne TIS 770
We praise, we worship you, O God TIS 98
Worship, honour, glory, blessing TIS 772
John 21: 1-19
Blessed Jesus, at your word TIS 437
Come, let us to the Lord our God TIS 577
I, the Lord of sea and sky TIS 658
King of glory, king of peace TIS 201
Nature with open volume stands TIS 343
The love of God is greater far TIS 151

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