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May 1, 2022 - Easter 3

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Prelude Open My Eyes

Acknowledgement

Welcome


Gathering Hymn CP 536 Singing Songs of Expectation

Singing songs of expectation, onward goes the pilgrim band, Through the night of doubt and sorrow, marching to the promised land. Clear before us through the darkness gleams and burns the guiding light: Trusting God, we march together stepping fearless through the night. One the light of God’s own presence, o’er his ransomed people shed, Chasing far the gloom and terror, brightening all the path we tread: One the object of our journey, one the faith which never tires, One the earnest looking forward, one the hope our God inspires. One the strain the lips of thousands lift as from the heart of one; One the conflict, one the peril, one the march in God begun: One the gladness of rejoicing on the far eternal shore, Where the one almighty Creator reigns in love for evermore.


Gathering Sentences (Prayers to Share)

Risen in joy,

We come before you, God and rejoice.

Risen in hope,

We come before you, God, in anticipation.

Risen in love,

We come before, God, with thankful hearts.

Risen for the world,

We come before you, God, in solidarity with all your suffering people, Amen.


You call us from family life, from school, and from work, O God, to the joy and inspiration of worship. You call us from concern about our world, and concern about ourselves, O God, to the joy and inspiration of Jesus, the peace-bringer. You call us from dwelling on our yesterdays, from dreading the future, from counting our losses, to the joy and inspiration of this supportive faith community. Bless our praise, bless our prayers, bless our reflections on your Word, O God, that we may know new life in Jesus Christ, and bring new life to others. Amen.


Collect of the day together

O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


The Proclamation of the Word


A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (9.1–20)

Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

Listen for the Leading of the Spirit Thanks be to God


Psalm 30 Refrain Remember God’s holiness and praise him.

I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lifted me up and have not let my enemies triumph over me. O Lord my God, I cried out to you, and you restored me to health. You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead; you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.

Remember God’s holiness and praise him.


Sing to the Lord, you servants of God; give thanks for the remembrance of the holiness of God. For the wrath of God endures but the twinkling of an eye, the divine favour for a lifetime. Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning.

Remember God’s holiness and praise him.


While I felt secure, I said, “I shall never be disturbed. Lord, with your favour, you made me as strong as the mountains.” Then you hid your face, and I was filled with fear.

Remember God’s holiness and praise him.


I cried to you, O Lord; I pleaded with you, saying, “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness? Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; O Lord, be my helper.”

Remember God’s holiness and praise him.


You have turned my wailing into dancing; you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy. Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

Remember God’s holiness and praise him.


A Reading from the Revelation of John (5.11–14)

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, “To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.

Listen for the Leading of the Spirit Thanks be to God


Gradual Hymn CP 430 Will You Come and Follow Me

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you don't know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known? Will you let my life be grown in you, and you in me?


Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same? Will you risk the hostile stare, should your life attract or scare? Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?


Will you let the blinded man see if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen? And admit to what I mean in you, and you in me?


Will you love the "you" you hide if I but call your name? Will you quell that fear inside and never be the same? Will you use the faith you've found to reshape the world around through my sight and touch and sound in you, and you in me?


Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name. Let me turn and follow you and never be the same. In your company I'll go, where your love and footsteps show, thus I'll move and live and grow in you, and you in me.


The Lord be with you And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John (21.1–19)

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ


After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.


When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

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

We pray for our world which is so unsettled and filled with division based not only on the boundaries of the country but on race, religion, culture and colour. We pray for all who are persecuted and who struggle through life. We remember especially the people of Ukraine, Yemen, Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. We pray for those who work toward peace and pray that their work and their words will bear fruit bring peace to all areas of the world.

Lord of the resurrection, hear our prayer


Loving God, we hold before you today all victims of violence and harassment, remembering especially our indigenous brothers and sisters who have suffered another blow in their communities. We pray that You would help them toward healing, calming their anxiety as they relive the pain from the past and reliving their story of trauma in light of the disappointment of church leaders who have misused their positions.

Help all those who have survived their trauma to know that an untold story never heals, that trying to hide the trauma and the pain only hurts them. We pray for deep heart healing so each person will recognize and know their great worth.

Lord of the resurrection, hear our prayer


We pray for all those who are sick or suffering. We remember those who have asked us to pray for them……and we pause to offer them to God in this time either silently or aloud. We pray for those who live with chronic conditions and learn to live with the adjustments that their new reality brings to their lives. We pray for all those who have struggled and who continue to struggle with mental health issues during this pandemic, praying that they do not feel more isolated than ever and that they can begin to safely return to community and social interaction

Lord of the resurrection, hear our prayer


We pray for the indigenous church as they look to their present and future regarding the leadership of the emerging and growing indigenous church. Help to know that good things have begun and they can go forward with the foundation that has been laid, recognizing the many talented people that can walk with them on this next phase of their ongoing journey

Lord of the resurrection, hear our prayer


We pray for those who face challenges and needs everyday with a lack of food or shelter. We pray for their safety and well being and ask God to keep us willing to serve where we are called; to feed, to clothe, to share time, to simply care about the well being of those who find themselves struggling to simply survive.

Lord of the resurrection, hear our prayer


We pray for our church as it withstands blow after blow of injustices that are outed and raises questions and concerns for the faithful members. Help us all to see that the grass roots people in the congregations are bigger than the institutional church, that the real work begins in the communities of the faithful, both large and small as people remain faithful to the gospel and call to work for justice and dignity for all

Lord of the resurrection, hear our prayer


The Peace

The Peace of the Lord be always with you

And also with you


Offertory Hymn CP 482 Come and Journey with a Saviour


Come and journey with a Saviour who has called us from our birth, who has washed us in the waters, and who loved us on the earth. Come and journey, journey inward, come and seek him deep within, where he meets us in our living, in our striving and our sin.

Come and journey, come and journey with a Saviour who has come. We are all God's sons and daughters; in the Spirit we are one.


Come and journey, journey outward, telling others of his name, telling others of his glory, of his cross and of the shame. Come and journey, journey outward, where that cross calls us to care, where injustice and where hunger and the poor call us to share. Come and journey, come and journey with a Saviour who has come. We are all God's sons and daughters; in the Spirit we are one.

Come and journey, journey upward. Sing his praises, offer prayer. In the storm and in the stillness find his presence everywhere.

Come and journey, journey onward; all our gifts we now shall bring to the building of a city that is holy, Christ its King.

Come and journey, come and journey with a Saviour who has come. We are all God's sons and daughters; in the Spirit we are one.


Prayer over the gifts (Prayers to Share)

God, giver of all, we return to you our gifts.

As you have given graciously,

as you have shared generously,

as you have forgiven freely,

as you have cared compassionately,

so bless our gifts, for we offer them in the name of Jesus, the risen Lord. Amen


Eucharistic Prayer 2

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

We give you thanks and praise, almighty God, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer. He is your living Word, through whom you have created all things. By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh of the woman Mary and shared our human nature. He lived and died as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.


In fulfilment of your will he stretched out his hands in suffering, to bring release to those who place their hope in you; and so he won for you a holy people. He chose to bear our griefs and sorrows, and to give up his life on the cross, that he might shatter the chains of evil and death, and banish the darkness of sin and despair. By his resurrection he brings us into the light of your presence. Now with all creation we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.


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.

Holy and gracious God, accept our praise, through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; who on the night he was handed over to suffering and death, took bread and gave you thanks, saying, “Take, and eat: this is my body which is broken for you.”

In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This is my blood which is shed for you. When you do this, you do it in memory of me.”

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection, we offer you this bread and this cup, giving thanks that you have made us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you.


We ask you to send your Holy Spirit upon the offering of your holy Church. Gather into one all who share in these sacred mysteries, filling them with the Holy Spirit and confirming their faith in the truth, that together we may praise you and give you glory through your Servant, Jesus Christ. All glory and honour are yours, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit in the holy Church, now and for ever. 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:


Peter


Refrain:

Come to me over the water, Peter;

walk on the waves of the storming sea.

I know your boat is frail and fragile,

but believe in me.


I can do anything when faith doesn’t weaken.

See, the sea sleeps in the palm of my hand.

My love’s a light that leads like a beacon

to the Promised Land. Refrain


My people called out from the burning desert.

I turned a rock to a bubbling spring.

He who believes will never be wanting

for anything. Refrain


Two Fishermen


Two fishermen, who lived along the Sea of Galilee

stood by the shore to cast their nets into an ageless sea.

Now Jesus watched them from afar then called them each by name;

It changed their lives, these simple men; they’d never be the same.

Leave all things you have and come and follow me,

and come and follow me.


And as he walked along the shore ‘twas James and John he’d find,

and these two sons of Zebedee would leave their boats behind,

Their work and all they held so dear they left beside their nets.

Their names they’d heard as Jesus called; they came without regret.

Leave all things you have and come and follow me,

and come and follow me.


O Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John beloved one,

you heard Christ’s call to speak good news revealed to God’s own son.

Susanna, Mary, Magdalene who traveled with your Lord,

you ministered to him with joy for he is God adored.

Leave all things you have and come and follow me,

and come and follow me.


And you, good Christians, one and all who’d follow Jesus’ way,

come leave behind what keeps you bound to trappings of our day,

and listen as he calls your name to come and follow near,

for still he speaks in varied ways to those his call will hear.

Leave all things you have and come and follow me,

and come and follow me.


Prayer after Communion

Author of life divine, in the breaking of bread we know the risen Lord. Feed us always in these mysteries, that we may show your glory to all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our 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 A FRANCISCAN BENEDICTION May God bless you with Discomfort … at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.


May God bless you with Anger … at Injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.


May God bless you with Tears … to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach our your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.


And may God bless you with enough Foolishness … to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen


Announcements

Closing Hymn Joy Comes with the Dawn

Joy comes with the dawn Joy comes with the morning sun Joy springs from the tomb And scatters the night with her song Joy comes with the dawn


Weeping may come Weeping may come in the night When dark shadows cloud our sight Joy comes with the dawn Joy comes with the morning sun Joy springs from the tomb And scatters the night with her song Joy comes with the dawn Sorrow will turn Sorrow will turn into song And Gods laughter makes us strong

Joy comes with the dawn Joy comes with the morning sun Joy springs from the tomb And scatters the night with her song Joy comes with the dawn We will rejoice We will rejoice and give praise To the one who brings us grace.


Dismissal (Before the Amen p. 88)

When you find yourself lost and confused,

may you hear Christ calling your name.


As you venture on uncertain pathways,

may you recognize Christ with you on your journey.


In times of wondering and doubt,

may you feel Christ’s patient reassurance.


And in all times and places know this:

Christ is Risen!!! Alleluia! Amen.


Postlude CP 589 Come O God of All the Earth