Worship Where You Are
Sunday 26th April 2020
3rd Sunday of Easter
Welcome to our latest Sunday worship. The third Sunday of the Easter season, we recall the encounter of with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. We are reminded that Christ will draw close to us even as we continue to find new ways of living for him.
This week we will continue to share Compline and Healing services on the website. Compline will be online from 7pm on Monday and Friday and the healing service will be available from 7pm on Wednesday. If you would like to submit names of people for us to hold in prayer, please send them by noon on Wednesday.
Be safe and well. Bless you,
You may use the recorded liturgy to help you follow this service, or for those praying in pairs or larger family groups, you may decide that one person will lead, while others respond with the words in bold type.
You may wish to spend some time in silence or listening to gentle music before following the service.
The above video is 'I know that my redeemer liveth', from G.F. Handel's 'Messiah'. Handel composed Messiah in an remarkable time, somewhere between three and four weeks in August and September 1741. Though it has become part of today's Christmas tradition, Messiah was originally composed as an Easter offering.
As we gather in the name of the Lord, we recall that though he once was dead, now he lives forever, and through faith in him, so may we.
Praise God! For the Lord our God the almighty reigns!
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him the glory.
Happy are those who have been invited
to the wedding-feast of the Lamb.
Amen. Praise the Lord!
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Prayers of Penitence
Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’
So let us turn away from sin and turn to the Lord,
confessing our sins in penitence and faith.
In a time of silence, we call our sins to mind and resolve to sin no more.
Let us return to the Lord our God and say to him:
we have sinned against heaven and against you.
We are not worthy to be called your children.
We turn to you again.
Have mercy on us,
bring us back to yourself
as those who once were dead
but now have life through Christ our Lord.
May the God of love
bring you back to himself,
forgive you your sins,
and assure you of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
As we worship our loving God, play one or more of the following worship songs, or other music.
Join in singing or just enjoy the words and music in God's holy presence
The Word of the Lord
Acts 2.14a, 36-41
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.’
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The Psalm for the Day
Psalm 116: 1-7
1 I love the Lord,
for he has heard the voice of my supplication; •︎
because he inclined his ear to me
on the day I called to him.
2 The snares of death encompassed me;
the pains of hell took hold of me; •︎
by grief and sorrow was I held.
3 Then I called upon the name of the Lord: •︎
‘O Lord, I beg you, deliver my soul.’
4 Gracious is the Lord and righteous; •︎
our God is full of compassion.
5 The Lord watches over the simple; •︎
I was brought very low and he saved me.
6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul, •︎
for the Lord has been gracious to you.
7 For you have delivered my soul from death, •︎
my eyes from tears and my feet from falling.
Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon - Clive Billenness, Licensed Reader, Alet-les-Bains Church
Prayers for Our Community
The Agape Meal
An Agapé or Love Feast is a way of breaking bread together as Jesus did with people in all sorts of settings. You may like to join in at home with some bread and wine or juice.
We have bread and wine,
gifts of this good earth,
enough for all, if we can share!
Gracious God we give you thanks
for all the many blessings in our lives
and ask that you would bless us now
as we share your good gifts
in Jesus’ name.
Loving God, you provide enough for everyone:
this earth is fertile, fruitful and abundant,
but we are sometimes greedy, wasteful and selfish.
Many go hungry despite our plenty,
many are left outside while we enjoy a feast.
But on the hillside, in the wilderness,
with five thousand and more hungry people,
Jesus took the bread that they had,
broke it and gave thanks to you.
He shared the bread,
so that no one should be left out,
and they all ate and were satisfied.
Blessed be God forever!
Hurting God, you hurt with our pains,
you weep with our tears;
when you see how we struggle and suffer.
You long for our peace, yet we so often make war.
You long for our healing and wholeness,
yet we so often turn away from you.
But at a wedding in Cana when the wine ran out,
Jesus asked them to fill the empty jars with water,
and by your grace, water became wine,
sadness was turned to joy,
and all were able to share in the best wine of all.
Blessed be God forever!
you long for us to dream your dream,
of a world at peace, a people made one,
a feast for all;
where bread is broken and shared with companions on the road,
where wine is blessed
and shared with all who are hurting,
and all are caught up together
in the Kingdom of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
The bread can be shared, using the words:
Bread for the world to share.
The wine can be shared using the words:
The best wine, saved till now.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Gracious God we thank you,
for your abundant love in creation,
your compassionate, healing touch in our hurting,
your inspiration for our venturing.
Thank you for bread, and wine to share.
Give us grace to follow
in the footsteps of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Dedicating Ourselves to God
God who longs for our healing,
meet us in our hurting,
Jesus who stands with us,
touch us in our brokenness,
that we may be made whole.
The Spirit who anoints us with power,
fill us with grace,
that we may reach out to others.
And, may the blessing of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Be with you, now and for ever.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, Alleluia, Alleluia!
In the name of Christ, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Dancers and Wayfarers, material from which is included here, is copyright © Chris Thorpe 2020 and published by Canterbury Press
Bible Readings taken from New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.