Mar 30, 2015

Easter Call to Worship: New Creation

“Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection.
Made for joy, we settle for pleasure.
Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance.
Made for relationship, we insist on our own way.
Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment.

But new creation has already begun.
The sun has begun to rise.
Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ,
all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world ...
That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian:
to follow Jesus Christ into the new world, God's new world,
which he has thrown open before us.”

An Easter Call to Worship

Here’s a call to worship from Martha Spong’s Reflectionary website.  It was inspired by John 20:1 and Psalm 118: 19-23.

Call to Worship
(inspired by John 20:1 and Psalm 118:19-23)

One:     Early on the first day of the week…
Two:     Open to us your gates of righteousness,
All:       That we may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
One:     While it was still dark…
Two:     This is the gate of the Lord;
All:       The righteous shall enter through it.
One:     Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw…
Two:     We thank you that you have answered us;
All:       We thank you that you have become our salvation.
One:     …that the stone had been removed from the tomb.
Two:     The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
All:       This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes!

~ written by Martha Spong, and posted on Reflectionary.

Pastoral Prayer: Easter Sunday

Here’s a prayer of intercession for Easter Sunday morning.  It was written by Rev Karla and posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Prayer for Others on Easter

In the joy and hope of this Easter morning, 
we sing Alleluia with the fullness of hearts.
Christ is Risen!
Love is stronger than Death!

In the joy and hope of this Easter morning, 
in the midst of our singing and shouting, 
we know there are those who are bewildered and sad. 
We pray for those that have no hope, 
for those who suffer from depression, loneliness, and fear. 

We pray for those places and peoples in our world
where death and domination rule, 
where imperial powers ignore the poor,
where war never ends, 
where children are hungry, 
where parents grieve because they cannot provide, 
where accidents happen and death abounds senselessly. 
We pray for those held hostage
to addiction and chronic illness that debilitates. 

In the joy and hope of this Easter morning, 
we realize the depth and breadth of what it means
to be your Easter people. 
For we are the ones who are called
to go into the places in our lives and world
to work for justice and life for all in your Creation. 
It is up to us to bear witness to the promise of resurrection, 
to hold those in despair,
and believe for them, 
that Love is stronger than death. 

In the joy and hope of this Easter morning, O God, 
give us the courage to bear your living Love
in every corner of our lives, 
so that your peaceable realm will be so, 
here on earth, as it is in heaven. 

In the name of the Risen Christ, we pray, 
Alleluia! Amen. 

~ written by Rev Karla, and posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Sharing Alleluia

“Alleluia! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns!” Revelation 19:6

Alleluia is not just a word, it is a way of living…

How many ways can we share ‘alleluia!’?

When the bread is divided, alleluia
When the table is set, alleluia
When the hungry are fed, alleluia
When peace is celebrated, alleluia
When communities are brought together, alleluia
When neighbours love each other, alleluia

~ excerpted from an Easter Statement of Faith written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Listening to the Stones.  Used by permission.

Easter Call to Worship and Prayer

Here’s a combination opening prayer/call to worship for Easter from Thomas’s Everyday Liturgy site.

Prayer:  Death Has No Victory

Holy One of God,
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
who ransoms the souls of the faithful,
sets the captives free,
brings sight to the blind and
gives life to those who are perishing:
Death has no victory over you
or your kingdom.
Evil slinks away from your presence.

Rejoice all you nations!
Celebrate all you peoples!
Christ is Lord forever—
His reign is unending!  Amen.

~ written by Thomas, and posted on Everyday Liturgy.