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April 26, 2020 Worship Service

3rd Sunday of Easter Worship Service on April 26th at 10 a.m.

I will launch this service at around 9:30 a.m.

These Services will be provided by Zoom again. The Zoom password that you will need if asked: 762034

We will be holding Sunday Church Services this way until further notice. Every Sunday, there will be a Church Service using Zoom.

Thank you,

Jeremy Grasby


P=Pastor | L=Leader |C=Congregation Greeting P. The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. C. And also with you.


Invocation P. Two people travelling, feeling sad. Feeling confused. Feeling overwhelmed. Two people discovering that the impossible… has already taken place. And everything is new. Christ is risen! C. Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia

**************************** Hymn #384 That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright 1 That Easter day with joy was bright: the sun shone out with fairer light when to their longing eyes restored, th'apostles saw their risen Lord. 2 O Jesus, King of gentleness, with constant love our hearts possess; to you our lips will ever raise the tribute of our grateful praise. 3 O Christ, you are the Lord of all to this our Easter festival, for you will be our strength and shield from every weapon death can wield. 4 All praise, O risen Lord, we give to you, once dead, but now alive! To God the Father equal praise, and God the Spirit, now we raise.


Prayer of the Day (Prayer used by permission of Augsburg Fortress) P. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Let us pray.

C. O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of the bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Scripture readings (please read from your own bible)

First Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Reader: 14a Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed [the crowd], “Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 36-41 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. Word of God. Word of Life. C. Thanks be to God


Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (full verse by full verse) L=Leader, C=Congregation L. I love the Lord, who has heard my voice,   and listened to my supplication, C. for the Lord has given ear to me   whenever I called. L. The cords of death entangled me; the anguish of the grave came upon me;   I came to grief and sorrow. C. Then I called upon the name of the Lord:   “O Lord, I pray you, save my life.” R L. How shall I repay the Lord   for all the good things God has | done for me? C. I will lift the cup of salvation   and call on the name of the Lord. L. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord   in the presence of all God’s people. C. Precious in your sight, O Lord,   is the death of your servants. L. O Lord, truly am your servant;   I am your servant, the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds. C. I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving   and call upon the name of the Lord. R L. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord   in the presence of all God’s people, C. in the courts of the Lord‘s house,   in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah! R


Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-23

Reader: If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God. Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia! Alleluia!


Gospel Reading P. The Holy Gospel according to Luke 24:13-35 C. Glory to you, O Lord.

Pastor: 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.

The Gospel of the Lord C. Praise to you, O Christ.




Apostles' Creed: I believe in God..... I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.* On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. P. Peace: May the Peace of Christ be with you all.


Offering Prayer (we lift this prayer in acknowledgement and thankfulness of the offerings which have been given in support of Redeemer's ongoing ministry) Let us Pray:

C. Merciful God, our ordinary gifts seem small, but you make of them an abundance, just as you do with our lives. We offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us: Our selves, our time our possessions and our envelope offerings, signs of your gracious love. Receive all we offer for the sake of Jesus Christ who offered himself for us. Amen.


Prayers of the People * Celebrating the victory of love over death, we offer our prayers to God. [Short pause]

** God who comes in bread, you sustain life through the most basic of foods. Show us your risen presence in the basics of life. Make our hearts burn within us.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God who comes in wine, you enrich life in community and celebration. Show us how to live together, even as we struggle with our current realities. Make our hearts burn within us.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God who comes in story, you remind us who we are through familiar words, and through the unfamiliar drama of our lives. Open our hearts to the story you are telling us, the story of which we are a part, the story you are composing for the sake of creation. Make our hearts burn within us.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God who comes in sadness, your presence is promised most profoundly when we are hurting, when we overwhelmed, when we see no way through. Reassure us that you do walk with us in our difficult days; give us faith when we lose hope. Especially we lift up the heartbreak of the shooting/deaths in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Make our hearts burn within us.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God who comes in illness, we remember those who are sick in body, mind or spirit; those who’s health is compromised, those who are facing death. We also remember those who are serving them in their pain and isolation. [Especially we lift up Jack, Dorothy B., Pete and Ella, Renata, Fern; loved ones and friends...] May we all support each other as we embrace the ministry of healing to which you call us. Make our hearts burn within us.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

* God who comes in the ordinary, free us from looking for you only in the special or the extraordinary. Free us to encounter you in the everyday. Make our hearts burn within us, even now.

God of Easter, Hear our prayer.

We pray this in the name of our risen and living Saviour, Jesus the Christ, who taught us to pray...


Lord’s Prayer (Prayer used by permission of Augsburg Fortress)

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and forever. Amen.

**************************** Hymn ELW 369 Christ the Lordis Risen Today; Alleluia! 1 Christ the Lord is ris'n today; Alleluia! Christians, hasten on your way; Alleluia! Offer praise with love replete; Alleluia! At the Paschal Victim's feet. Alleluia! 2. For the sheep the Lamb has bled, Alleluia! Sinless in the sinner's stead; Alleluia! Christ the Lord is ris'n on high; Alleluia! Now he lives, no more to die. Alleluia! 3. Christ, the Victim undefiled; Alleluia! God and sinners reconciled; Alleluia! When contending death and life; Alleluia! Met in strange and awesome strife. Alleluia! 4. Christians, on this holy day; Alleluia! All your grateful homage pay; Alleluia! Christ the Lord is ris'n on high; Alleluia! Now he lives, no more to die. Alleluia!


Benediction (Read together) May almighty God, The Father who created us to live in love, The Son (✝) who died and rose to bring us new life, And the Spirit who lights our hearts on fire, bless us all, now and forever. Amen.


Dismissal/Sending Go in peace. Never alone. Christ is with you. Thanks be to God! For Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!


Prayers for Peace and Healing

Rev Rick Pryce, Lunenburg Parish, Nova Scotia

In response to Nova Scotia shootings, April 19, 2020

A candle is lit if possible (or a picture of a candle)


Prayer of Honesty

We pray:

with tears for the senseless slaughter of innocent people; with sadness that violence is seen as an acceptable way of expressing frustration; with helplessness in the face of such hatred; with determination that change be made in how we interact; with grief for the survivors who must live with this for the rest of their lives; and with the assurance that, whatever we are feeling, we are embraced by the love of the crucified one, in whose name we pray.



Psalm 36: 1-11

NRSVACE (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)

1 Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in their hearts;

there is no fear of God before their eyes.

2 For they flatter themselves in their own eyes

that their iniquity cannot be found out.

3 The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit;

they have ceased to act wisely and do good.

4 They plot mischief while on their beds;

they are set on a way that is not good;

they do not reject evil.

5 Yet your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,

your faithfulness to the clouds.

6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,

your judgements are like the great deep;

you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.

7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God!

All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

8 They feast on the abundance of your house,

and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

9 For with you is the fountain of life;

in your light we see light.

10 O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,

and your salvation to the upright of heart!

11 Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me,

or the hand of the wicked drive me away.


Reflection by Rev. Pryce: I think the last verse is especially important for us right now. It is a reminder for us to respond in a way that is lifegiving and not react our of fear or angel. In this Easter season we are called to be about life; even in the face of the many Good Fridays we continue to face. Soli Deo Gloria, To God be the Glory


Litany of the Life of Jesus

Jesus, Saviour of the world, be gracious to us.

By your incarnation and birth, be gracious to us.

By your prayers and tears, be gracious to us.

By your grief and anguish, be gracious to us.

By your cross and suffering, be gracious to us.

By your acceptance of death, be gracious to us.

By your rest in the grave, be gracious to us.

By your triumphant resurrection, be gracious to us.

By your presence with your people, be gracious to us.

By the promise of your coming, be gracious to us.


Prayer for hard times

Let us pray:

Out of the depths, we cry to you, merciful God. Meet our confusion with your peace, our anger with forgiveness, and our sorrow with consolation. Help us acknowledge the mystery that our lives are hid with Christ in you, whose compassion is over all you have made. Amen.


Lord’s Prayer

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.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever. Amen.



We go in peace, to love and serve God’s hurting world.

Thanks be to God.

The candle may be extinguished.



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