April 24, 2022 - Easter 2

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Prelude My Peace

Acknowledgement

Welcome


Gathering Hymn 3 CP Morning has broken


Morning has broken like the first morning;

blackbird has spoken like the first bird.

Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!

Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!


Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven,

like the first dewfall on the first grass.

Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,

sprung in completeness where his feet pass.


Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning

born of the one light Eden saw play!

Praise with elation, praise every morning,

God’s recreation of the new day!


The Gathering

You meet us in our questioning,

Yet encourage us to explore and express our doubts.


You meet us in our individual faith,

yet remain with us when faith grows and shares within community.


You meet us as we come from the cross-hill

Yet surprise us as we encounter the risen Christ.


There is joy in the upper room. The old despair gone; new life in Christ surprisingly appears. There is challenge in the upper room. The new realities are questioned; faith comes alive in the testing. There is peace in the upper room. The old anxieties are forgotten; a new enthusiasm is courageously evident. There is Jesus Christ in the upper room. The focus for change, the promise for life unending. Amen


The Collect together (ACC Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009) alt)

O God, our beginning and our end: accept our doubts, heal our desire for certainty and, by your Spirit’s gentle touch, make us a people forgiven and forgiving; through Jesus Christ, the Giver of Peace. Amen.


The Proclamation of the Word


A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” (5:27-32)

Listen for the leading of the Spirit Thanks be to God


Psalm 150 (from Before the Amen p. 85)

Praise God with piano and percussion, with flute and kazoo, with descant and download.

Praise God with iPod and live journal; praise God with “my space” become “God’s space.”


Praise the I AM with Instant Messenger, the One who is in every cell of the universe – with cell phone.

Praise God with the tambourine of traffic, the tympani of lift-off at airport, trumpet of motorcycle, autoharp of skateboard

Praise God with the dance of television – the chorus line of reality shows, tap dance of news, ballet of the weather channel, two-step sitcom, Macarena of “Makeover.”

Praise God with dish and DVD, bells and blog, with text and text message, voice mail and e-mail.


Praise God with surprising music – the google of teen and the giggle of child

Let every music, every message, every muscle, every minute praise God. Let everything that has breath –Praise God!


A Reading from the Revelation of John

John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. (1:4-8)

Listen for the leading of the Spirit Thanks be to God


Gradual Hymn 244 CP We walk by Faith


We walk by faith, and not by sight; no gracious words we hear

from him who spoke as none e’er spoke; but we believe him near.


We may not touch his hands and side, Nor follow where he trod;

But in his promise we rejoice And cry, “My Lord and God!”


Help then, O Lord, our unbelief and may our faith abound,

to call on you when you are near, and seek where you are found:


That, when our life of faith is done, in realms of clearer light

we may behold you as you are, with full and endless sight.


The Gospel

The Lord be with you And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ


When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

The Gospel of Christ Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ


Homily


Affirmation of Faith (modernliturgist.org)

I believe in the God of Easter morning

Who awakes us from our darkest dreams

And leads us into the light of a new day,

Who meets our pessimism

With stunning hope

Of angelic proclamation.

I believe in the God of Easter Day

Who beats us to the obstacles in our lives

And empties the dark tomb for us;

Who appears in surprising ways

When we least expect it;

Walking with us

On our detours.

I believe in the God of Easter evening

Who breaks into our closets and prisons,

Bringing peace and crushing our fear.

I believe in the risen Lord who meets us

with wounds on his hands and feet;

Who grants us his spirit,

Sending us out

To bring Shalom to the world.

Amen.


The Prayers of the People (rickprycewordpress.com)

As we celebrate God’s salvation, demonstrated in the resurrection of Jesus, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “God of new life, Hear our prayer.”


God of Resurrection, Hallelujah! You come to your world in spite of worries, fears and doubts. You come through locked doors, and into closed hearts, bringing light to all of our darkness. We praise you. God of new life, Hear our prayer.


God of Resurrection, Hallelujah! You endure your church’s questions and reservations. Give us patience to support each other as we struggle to understand, and give us the desire to follow wherever you lead. God of new life, Hear our prayer.


God of Resurrection, Hallelujah! You are constantly doing new things among us, around us, and in us. Open us to the new, the different, the strange. Increase our willingness to be partners in everything you are doing. God of new life, Hear our prayer.


God of Resurrection, Hallelujah! We pray for life in the midst of death, for faith in the midst of doubt, for health in the midst of sickness, for hope in the midst of despair. Rest your healing presence on all those we name before you………… Help us be vehicles of healing and reconciliation. God of new life, Hear our prayer.


God of Resurrection, Hallelujah! You have overcome every obstacle in bringing new life to light. Give us perseverance in the face of apathy, creativity in the face of difficulty, and trust in the face of opposition. Help us be your resurrection people. God of new life, Hear our prayer.


Trusting your life-giving promise, we offer these prayers in the name of Jesus, our living Saviour. Amen.


The Peace

The Peace of the Lord be always with you

And also with you


Offertory Hymn 405 CP Alleluia No 1

Refrain: Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia! Give praise to his name.


Jesus is Lord of all the earth; He is the king of creation. Refrain


Spread the good news o’er all the earth: Jesus has died and is risen. Refrain


We have been crucified with Christ: now we shall live for ever. Refrain


Come, let us praise the living God, joyfully sing to our Saviour. Refrain


Prayer over the gifts

God of grace, you have freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Accept all we offer you this day, and strengthen us in the new life you have given us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Eucharistic Prayer (Anglican Eucharistic Liturgies pg. 304)

God is here

We praise God together


Let us say thank you to God

Who has done so much for us


God, you made us, and the world and everything in it.

All the good we see comes from you.

You have always loved us but people have not always loved you.

You sent Jesus to show us how to live and to bring us back to you again.

Amen. We are alive in Jesus


Jesus died for us on the cross so that through your Spirit we can all be your people.

And so with thanks we praise you singing


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of power and might Heaven and Earth of your glory are full Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest. Blessed is one that comes in the name of the Lord

Blessed is one that come in the name of the Lord

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of power and might Heaven and Earth of your glory are full Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest.

We are here because on the night before he died Jesus shared a meal with his friends.

There he took some bread and gave thanks to you, God.

He broke it into pieces, and gave it to them.

“This is my body”, he said.

“Do this and know that I am with you.”

Amen. We are alive in Jesus


Later Jesus took a cup of wine and gave thanks to you.

Jesus shared it with them, and said

“This is my blood, which brings new life.

Do this and know that I am with you.”

Amen. We are alive in Jesus

And so, remembering Jesus, who died, was raised to new life by you,

and is alive forever, we are glad to share that life and live in him.

Amen. We are alive in Jesus

Send your Holy Spirit so that this bread and wine

can be for us the body and blood of Jesus,

and through this food give us strength to live as your people.

Amen. We are alive in Jesus


Help us to care for your world and for each other

in the way that Jesus showed us.

Until he comes again with all your people

in every time and every land we worship you and say:

We praise you.

We thank you.

We bless you. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our sins.

As we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

For the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory are yours.

Now and forever. Amen.


Breaking of the Bread


Lord, we died with you on the cross.

Now we are raised to new life.


We were buried in your tomb.

Now we share in your resurrection.


Live in us, that we may live in you.


These are the Gifts of God for the people of God

Thanks be to God


Hymns during Communion


Simple Song of Freedom

Refrain: Come and sing a simple song of freedom.

Sing it like you’ve never sung before.

Let it fill the air, tell the people ev’rywhere

that we, the people here, don’t want a war.


Hey there, mister Greenpeace can you hear me?

Let’s discuss your water and your game.

I just want to be friendly to you as you to me

and I’m sure that you will want the same. Refrain


Six or seven billion, are you list’ning?

Some of what you hear is made of lies.

But speaking one to one, ain’t it ev’rybody’s sun

to wake up in the morning when we rise? Refrain


Brothers, sisters how can we help you heal?

Would you take the time to sit and talk?

Tell me why you feel threatened by my zeal?

Wouldn’t it be best to walk and talk? Refrain


There are those who enjoy doing battle

some Presidents, Generals and Kings,

so let us build them shelves where they can fight among themselves

and leave the people be who like to sing.


Come and sing a simple song of freedom.

Sing it like you’ve never sung before.

Let it fill the air, tell the people ev’rywhere

that we, the people here, don’t want a war.

Let it fill the air, tell the people ev’rywhere

that we, the people here, don’t want a war.


Mary Laid her Baby down

All the stars like sparkling stones, All the brightest angel songs,

circled ‘round a bed in a simple shed, where she laid her baby down;

and she laid her baby down, Mary laid her baby down;

and her songs of praise filled the newborn cry,

she laid her baby down.


To the city temple grounds, Mary came with infant son,

and she tendered there all her warmest prayer,

as she laid her baby down; and she laid her baby down,

Mary laid her baby down;

and her songs of praise filled the holy place,

as she laid her baby down.


See the child now tall and strong

leave behind his boyhood home;

as he left that day, Mary’s heart gave way,

and she laid her baby down.

and she laid her baby down, Mary laid her baby down;

though it grieved her so, still she let him go,

and she laid her baby down.

Prayer after Communion

Father, we have seen with our eyes and touched with our hands the bread of life. Strengthen our faith that we may grow in love for you and for each other; through Jesus Christ the risen Lord. Amen


The Doxology

Glory to God,

whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Blessing


Closing Hymn 632 The King of Glory Comes


REFRAIN: The King of glory comes, the nation rejoices.

Open the gates before him, lift up your voices.


Who is the King of glory? What shall we call him?

He is Emmanuel, the promised of ages. REFRAIN


In all of Galilee, in city or village,

he goes among his people, curing their illness. REFRAIN


He gave his life for us, the pledge of salvation;

he took upon himself the sin of the nations. REFRAIN


He conquered sin an death; he truly has risen.

And he will share with us his heavenly vision. REFRAIN


The Dismissal (Prayers to Share)

Create a faith community of hope;

Serve a community of compassion;

Work for a just faith community;

Strive for a faith community that looks and works beyond its own walls.

We will nurture a faith community of mutual support and freedom bringing;

We will rejoice in a faith community creating peace:

Peace in the risen Jesus Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Postlude He is Alive