Easter 3

Christ is Risen – worship in Easter

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This week’s worship is led by the Monday night home group which meets at Jean Roberts’ house – Jean, Jean Stokes, Angela Clark, Shirley Sinclair, Vivienne Kerton, Patti Smith. We begin by hearing Ava Wetherell sing ‘Zacchaeus was a very little man’. The full audio is available here.

Welcome

“Zacchaeus, you come down, I am coming to your house for tea”

In these days, when we cannot come to the Lord’s house, we are worshipping by inviting Jesus into ours. It’s good to be reminded that he invites himself, all we need to do is to make him welcome.

In our Monday night study groups in the autumn, we shared and digested ‘Holy Habits’ – ours focussing on ‘Eating Together’. We had planned to host a more creative service today, as we hear the story of Jesus being invited in by the travelling companions to eat, and we have decided to do it anyway.

So you will hear from our group members, some reflections on sharing food with others, and we hope that it will help us all reflect on this time where we cannot accept an invitation to join around God’s table, but we can invite him to ours, and in doing so be together while apart.

We hope too, that it will help us reflect how we might want to be a people who eat together more regularly when this time is past, a people who know Jesus and recognise him among them as they invite others to sit and share, eat and pray together.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
All      He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

He has given us new life and hope.
All      He has raised Jesus from the dead.
           Alleluia.

A hymn or songs may be sung

Prayers of Penitence

Jesus Christ,
risen Master and triumphant Lord,
we come to you in sorrow for our sins,
and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,
and not by the power of your resurrection.
In your mercy, forgive us.

All      Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,
as faithless and not believing.
In your mercy, forgive us.

All      Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone,
and doubted our home in heaven.
In your mercy, forgive us.

All      Lord, hear us and help us.

May the God of love and power
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

All      Amen.

Prayer for the week

The Prayer for the day/week (Collect) is said.

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.

All Amen.

Reading(s)

Acts 2.14a,36–41

1 Peter 1.17–23

Luke 24.13–35

After each reading

This is the word of the Lord.
All      Thanks be to God.

Reflections

The reflections can be followed in text here.

Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith
in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All      Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried;
he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers,
and to all the apostles:
this we have received,
and this we believe. Amen.

The Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples
and said, ‘Peace be with you.’
Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.

Prayers

Prayers can be followed here. The response is

Jesus, Lord of Life,
All      in your mercy, hear us.

At the close of a month, we give thanks for all those whose lives we remember in love, and those whom we have lost. Particularly praying this week for the families of Michael Bruce and Hazel Dixon.

Gathering our prayers and praise into one,
let us pray as our Saviour taught us

All      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.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis

All      Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Eating Together

Jesus breaking bread on the way to Emmaus brings this home group at least, to ask whether we should think about restarting our regular meals when this time has passed. In the meantime, Ava reminds us to give thanks for his presence with us wherever and whenever we sit down to eat:

Thank you for the world so sweet,
thank you for the food we eat,
thank you for the birds that sing
Thank you God for everything.

Closing Praise

Alleluia. Christ is risen!
All      He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
All      He has given us new life and hope.

He has raised Jesus from the dead.
All      He has brought us out of darkness.

God has claimed us as his own.
All      He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia. Christ is risen!
All      He is risen indeed. Alleluia!


We may not be able to eat together, but we can drink together and share fellowship, so do feel welcome along to the virtual pub after the service at 7pm


A service from New Patterns for Worship. Compilation copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2002.

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