THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
CALL TO WORSHIP:
We are gathered in various places this day to worship God.
Physically, we may be separate, but spiritually, we are very
much together. We come to find insight, to seek comfort,
and to look for the presence of The Risen Lord in our world
and in our lives.
|A PRAYER OF CONFESSION: |
Almighty God, you raised Jesus from death to life, giving us
the confidence we need to trust you with our deepest wants
and our worst failures. We admit that we have not always
lived for you. You invite us to a new life, but we choose the
path of uncaring. You call us to reconciliation, but we often
turn away from others. You challenge us to be generous, but
we would prefer to keep to ourselves.
Enter our lives, O Lord, and release us from being so self-
centered. Create in us a renewed openness to your Spirit, that
we might share your love with the world around us. In Christ’s
name we ask these things, Amen.
AN ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
The Good News of the Gospel is this: in the life, death, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ, we learn once and for all, that
God’s love has no bounds. Each and every day, in Christ
we are forgiven, freed, and empowered to begin anew.
Thanks be to God!
AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who
though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with
God as something to be exploited, but emptied Himself, taking
the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being
found in human form, He humbled himself and became obedient
to the point of death – even death on a cross.
Therefore, God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name
that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee
should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and
every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory
of God the Father.”
(Taken from Philippians 2:6-11, New Revised Standard Version.
Quoted here by the Apostle Paul, and thought to perhaps be one
of the earliest beginnings of a Creed found in the New Testament.)
A BENEDICTION TO TAKE WITH YOU
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world
gives, do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let
them be afraid. (Jesus speaking to the Disciples at the Last Supper,