Easter Worship at Home

Prayers and Reflections for Easter Sunday: April 12, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship & Opening Prayer: [Adapted from Martha Spong]

Early on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb.
     They went to perform a service, out of love for one they had lost.
They went to fulfill their obligations, the expectations of their faith.
     They never expected what they would find: an empty tomb.

Let us pray:
     We bring our expectations, our emptiness,
      our hopes and our dreams, O God.
     We are burdened by our own crosses,
     and the stones that block our way.
     And yet, we come to meet the Risen Christ
     and to hear his greeting.
     Remind us, O God, that nothing,
     absolutely nothing,
     can separate us from your love. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 155 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

Voices United # 173 Thine Is the Glory

Voices United # 186 Now the Green Blade Rises

Voices United # 703 In the Bulb There Is a Flower

Scripture Reading:

Matthew 28:1-11

Video Reflection:

That Morning

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

 [Adapted from Ann Siddell, http://stillpoint.unitingchurchsa.org.au/ ]

O God, with faces touched by the light of a new day,
and hearts warmed by our prayers and praises,
we come before you to pray for the needs of our world.

Into the light of Easter morning
we raise those who are struggling with illness,
with despair over their lives, or with the breakdown of relationships.
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
     May the light of Christ shine upon them.

Into the light of Easter morning,
we bring those places in our world
where war, violence, poverty and need are the experiences of everyday life.
(These places may be named)
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
     May the light of Christ shine upon them.

Into the light of Easter morning,
we bring the headline news of this weekend (this may be named):
we hold in our hearts the pain of those suffering violence, bereavement or conflict.
May the light of Christ shine upon them.
     May the light of Christ shine upon them.

And into the light of Easter morning
we bring ourselves, the private struggles,
the heart’s yearnings, the hidden dreams, the unfulfilled potential.
May the light of Christ shine upon us.
    May the light of Christ shine upon us.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.
Amen.


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