First Sunday After Easter

Each Sunday, you will find opportunities to worship individually, with your family, or with small groups. Although we are physically separated from one another, we are united in prayer and praise.

Gathering

Welcome

In Jesus’ name, welcome!

First-time participant or one who’s been here many days; child or elder or somewhere in-between; stewards, caretakers, disciples of Jesus, children of God— neighbours all, loved and loving. Welcome. Welcome in Christ’s name!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

Hymn “Jesus, stand among us”


Jesus, stand among us
in thy risen pow’r;
let this time of worship
be a hallowed hour.

·         Breathe the Holy Spirit
into ev’ry heart;
bid the fears and sorrows
from each soul depart.

·         Thus with quickened footsteps
we’ll pursue our way
watching for the dawning
of eternal day.

Opening Prayer

God of all creation,
Spirit of our hearts,
risen Christ—
there is no moment but this one,
there is no time but now,
and so we open ourselves to you.
Wake us from our sleepiness.
Open us to your impossible possibilities.
Help us to be your people, risen people of new life, now and always! Amen.

Hymn “Thine is the glory”

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son:
endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.
·         Refrain:
Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death hast won.


·         Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting. [Refrain]

·         No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conqu’rors, thro’ thy deathless love:
bring us safe thro’ Jordan to thy home above. [Refrain]

Scripture readings

Sermon

Responsive Hymn “He is Lord”

Prayers of the People

Living Prayer Page

Prayer for Each of us

Loving God, we often come to worship empty.
We come tired, worn down, and seeking meaning.
We come desperate to find our purpose in life.
Sometimes we wonder if we really can touch lives with hope.
We believe, so help us in our unbelief.
We come to be filled, so we open ourselves to you.

(a time of silent prayer)

We become who you intend us to be,
as your light shines within and through us.
Guide us and form us, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer for Peace

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.

Affirmation of Faith (A contemporary creed, #360)

We are not alone,
    we live in God’s world.

 We believe in God:
    who has created and is creating,
    who has come in Jesus,
       the Word made flesh,
       to reconcile and make new,
    who works in us and others
       by the Spirit.

We trust in God. 

We are called to be the Church:
    to celebrate God’s presence,
    to live with respect in Creation,
    to love and serve others,
    to seek justice and resist evil,
    to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
       our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
    God is with us.
We are not alone.

Blessing

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
And also with you.
Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Closing Hymn: “Great is thy Faithfulness”

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; 
there is no shadow of turning with thee; 
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; 
as thou hast been thou forever wilt be. 

Refrain: 
Great is thy faithfulness! 
Great is thy faithfulness! 
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided–
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness 
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. [Refrain]

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, 
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, 
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! [Refrain]