Apr 15, 2014

Call to Worship: Praise be to God!

Praise be to God,
who rescues us from the power of darkness;
who redeems us, and sets us free!

Praise be to Jesus Christ, the first born of all creation,
through whom all things were made,
in heaven and on the earth.

Praise be to the Spirit of God,
whose presence sustains us,
and whose breath renews all creation.

Behold! I am making all things new!
Come, O God, and make your home among us.
Pour out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

~ from New Heaven, New Earth, an Easter/Earth Day worship resource put out by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.  http://www.foodgrainsbank.ca/   To see the entire worship service, click here.  http://foodgrainsbank.ca/earth_day_resources.aspx

Apr 9, 2014

Closing Litany for Palm Sunday

Here’s a closing litany for Palm/Passion Sunday.  It was written by Rev Gord and posted on Worship Offerings.

Sending Litany for Palm Sunday
(inspired by Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-40; John 12:12-19)

We have gathered with the crowds crying Hosanna!
Because even if we were silent
the stones themselves would have called out.
We have shared the hope for a world about to be changed,
and then it changed.
We have walked with another crowd.
One that called words of scorn and condemnation.
And now we follow the crowd as it leads out to the cross,
and yet even as the world grows dark,
we cannot lose hope.
Because God is with us.
God will be with us.
Whatever happens.
We are not alone.
And so we watch the crowd and we follow...

~ posted by Rev Gord on his blog, Worship Offerings. http://worshipofferings.blogspot.ca/

Apr 5, 2014

Easter Call to Worship: Alleluia!

Here’s a responsive call to worship litany for Easter.  It was written by Roddy Hamilton.

Easter Litany

We thought you were dead.
We thought the cross was the end.
We thought that when the stone rolled over the tomb,
that was it.

But this is it:
the dead are living;
the cross is empty;
the stone is rolled,
and one word describes it all:
Alleluia!
Jesus is risen!

We thought you had said your final word.
We thought those with the power had won.
We thought that when you cried out,
that was it.

But this is it:
the word breathes;
the powers are defeated;
the final cry was only the beginning,
and one word says it all:
Alleluia!
Jesus is risen!

We thought the story was finished.
We thought the hope had ended.
We thought that when the tomb was sealed,
that was it.

But this is it:
the story has just begun;
the hope is newly born;
the tomb is empty,
and one word says it all:
Alleluia!
Jesus is risen!

This is the news:
Jesus is risen!
This is the moment
Jesus is alive!
This is the gospel
Jesus is with us!

We thought that when they crucified you,
death had defeated life,
and that was it.
But this is it:
Love is stronger than death,
and one word says it all:
Alleluia!
Jesus is risen!

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws. http://www.nkchurch.org.uk/index.php/mucky-paws

Prayer: New Creation

Here’s an opening prayer for Easter Sunday.  It was written by Christine Jerrett.

A Prayer for Easter Sunday

This is the day that you have made, life-giving God.
Joining with angels and archangels
and with the chorus that is rising throughout all the earth,
we will rejoice and be glad this day.
You take our endings
and you make your new beginnings.
Your surprise and astound us
in places where we expected
that you were absent.
You challenge us to reconsider what is possible.

Living Lord,
Saviour Christ,
we praise you,
for you are raised by the power of God
and there is a new creation
and, by your grace,
we are in it!
Alleluia! Amen.

~ written by Christine Jerrett, and posted on Christine Jerrett: Reflections on being the Church in God’s new creation. http://christinejerrett.wordpress.com/tag/prayer/

An Easter Blessing: Seen

Here’s a blessing for Easter Sunday.  It was written by Jan L. Richardson, and posted on The Painted Prayerbook.

Seen:
A Blessing for Easter Sunday

You had not imagined
that something so empty
could fill you
to overflowing

and now you carry
the knowledge
like an awful treasure,
or like a child
that roots itself
beneath your heart:

how the emptiness
will bear forth
a new world
that you cannot fathom
but on whose edge
you stand.

So why do you linger?
You have seen
and so you are
already blessed.
You have been seen
and so you are
the blessing.

There is no other word
you need.
There is simply
to go
and tell.
There is simply
to begin.

~ written by Jan L. Richardson, and posted on The Painted Prayerbook. http://paintedprayerbook.com/