First Lesson read by Megan Diebel – Acts 2: 42-47.
Second Reading – 1 Peter 2:19-25. Gospel Reading – John 10:1-10
Hymn of the Day LBW 456, The King of Love My Shepherd Is.
Thank you for joining together this morning. May you be touched in worship today. Thank you to Emma Diebel for the lovely gathering music. Thank you to Megan Diebel for reading our first lesson. Thank you to Rick Pryce, Lutheran Pastor from Lunenburg for the blessing and sending words this morning. Thank you to those who are maintaining our churches, and preparing them each week so the recording can be made with beautiful candles, altar paraments, flowers, and properly marked hymn board. Your gifts and care bless us greatly this day.
Readings for April 26, 2020: Acts 2:14a; 36-41. Psalm 116:1-4;12-19. 1 Peter 1:17-23. The Gospel text is Luke 24:13-15
The prayers and blessing this morning were written by Rev. Rick Pryce, Lutheran Pastor in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Used with permission.
Please bless each other in reading this benediction together:
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.
Scripture readings for 2nd Sunday in Easter: Acts 2:14a;22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-29
Thank you for your kind Easter wishes and helpful comments about these media worship services. The people of South Grey Bruce Parish are in my prayers. You are a blessing to me. May God’s grace shine on all who participate in worship this morning. Pastor Pam.
Gathering hymn, # 492 LBW “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee
A READING FROM 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
In the bread and cup of the Lord’s supper, we experience intimate fellowship with Christ and with one another because it involves his body given for us and the new covenant in his blood. Faithful participation in this meal is a living proclamation of Christ’s death until he comes in the future.
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL: A reading from John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Glory to you, O Lord.
The story of the last supper in John’s gospel recalls a remarkable event not mentioned elsewhere: Jesus performs the duty of a slave, washing the feet of his disciples and urging them to do the same for one other.
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”
“Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Meditation for Maundy Thursday
Stay with me, remain here with me, watch and pray, watch and pray.
Worship will continue on Friday morning. We will now log off in silence.
thanks to Rev Rick Pryce for contributing prayers and invitation to confession.
Grace and peace to you in this Holy week. The following is the schedule of worship events for our journey to Easter: On line participation is accessed through www.sweetlutheran.com (finding grace in surprising ways). Select ‘Blog” to find the worship services.
April 9 – Maundy Thursday: Worship on line.
A short liturgy and message will come from my dining room table, as we share word and remember the self-giving love of Christ.
This service will be posted for sharing at 6:30pm.
April 10 – Good Friday: On Line worship
Pastor Pam will be sitting in prayer vigil from 6:00am – 9:00 am on Friday. (not filmed)
You are welcome to join in personal prayer in your home, on a time line that works for you. This will not be shared on the internet.
Please phone or email with prayer requests. All are held between you, your pastor and God.
Good Friday liturgy and message will be posted on Friday morning.
April 12- Easter Sunday: Worship on line with communion.
The service will be recorded at St Matthews (revised location)
There will also be a celebration of Holy Communion.
Have bread and wine or juice ready in your home to participate in communion.
The communion elements, bread and wine or juice, will be consecrated by your pastor from the sanctuary of our church and we will commune with the people in our home. (This is much like the centurion’s servant who was healed from afar by the faith of those who loved them. Matthew 8:13)
Like manna, prepare only enough bread and wine/juice for those who will partake.
After Easter: we will continue to find meaningful ways to gather for worship as we do our part in maintaining safe physical distance. We anticipate with eagerness the joy of the day when we can be together in our places of worship, and celebrating in a special way, that coming together.
Midweek Lent 5: March 31- based on Philippians 2:5-11, read each week:
Theme for the fifth week of lent: Let the Same mind be in you.
Philippians 2:5-11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7 but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8 he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
The reading this week is the version most often used in our church, the New Revised Standard Version. This is the same translation as we read at our first meeting.
1. As you read the passage this week, what do you notice this time, compare to the first time we read this together 5 weeks ago?
2. Being in the same mind as Christ involves many things, – humility, obedience, and faithfulness to the call of God. Is there a time in your life when you were faithful to God’s call despite personal sacrifice?
3. Has there been a time in your life when Christ’s death and resurrection had a special meaning to you?
The hymn for today was written by a great hymn writer, Isaac Watts for a communion of service.
1.In light of our physical distancing, and denied of the opportunity to gather together for communion, can you think about times when you may have experienced the joy of Eucharist other than in celebration of the Great Thanksgiving? Does this Hymn help us see the Eucharist, the body of Christ, in another way?
2. If you were a hymn writer, what feelings and thoughts would you incorporate into a hymn (or letter) as you think about Christ’s gift of his life and death for our relationship with God?
Hymn ELW 803 LBW 482 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When I survey the wond’rous Cross
On which the Prince of Glory dy’d,
My richest Gain I count but Loss,
And pour Contempt on all my Pride.
2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the Death of Christ my God:
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his Blood.
3. See from his Head, his Hands, his Feet,
Sorrow and Love flow mingled down!
Did ever such Love and Sorrow meet?
Or Thorns compose so rich a Crown?
5. Were the whole Realm of Nature mine,
That were a Present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my Soul, my Life, my All.
Peace be with you in the security of the love of God, our creator, The Son, Jesus Christ + our redeemer and the Holy Spirit, our strength.
Let this hymn be our prayer as we approach Holy Week.
Welcome to worship this morning. The order for worship consists of a video with the greeting, prayer and scripture readings, a link for the psalm of the day- a psalm of hope and trust, a second video for a short homily, text for prayers of the day, and a blessing. The last video is an arrangement for one of the hymns chosen for today, #97, Christ, the Life of All the Living. May you be blessed in this time together.
Prayers of the People:
Turning our hearts to God who is gracious and merciful, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
God of life, bind your faithful people into one body. Enliven the church with your Spirit and bless the work of those who work for its renewal. Accomplish your work of salvation in us and through us, for the sake of the world. Hear us O God, Your mercy is Great.
God of life, you love the world you have made and you grieve when creation suffers. Restore polluted land and waterways. Heal areas of the world ravaged by storms, floods, fires, droughts and other natural disasters such as earthquakes and viruses. Bring all things to new life. Hear us O God, Your mercy is great.
God of life, you weep with those who grieve. Unbind all who are held captive by anxiety, despair, pain, or illness. Fill us with compassion and empathy for those who struggle, and keep us faithful in prayer. Hear us O God, Your mercy is great.
God of Life, show redemption to all who watch and wait with eager expectation: Those longing for wars to cease, those waiting for immigration paperwork to finalize, those in dire need of humanitarian relief, and those preparing for childbirth in the possibility of doing so in isolation. Come quickly with your hope. Hear us O God, Your mercy is great
God of life, we give thanks for opportunities for this congregation to collaborate with our community in caring for the needs of our neighbours. Give us patience to physically isolate from each other so the vulnerable may remain healthy, give us wisdom to safely support each other in the covid-19 crisis, show us ways we can support community agencies and local congregations so all may live safely and with dignity. Hear us O God Your mercy is great.
God of life, you are our resurrection. We remember all those who have died and trust that, in you, they will live again. Breathe new life into our dry bones, that, we too, might live with you forever. Hear us O God, Your mercy is great.
According to your steadfast love, O God, hear these and all our prayers as we commend them to you; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sending Blessing : Now is the acceptable time. Now is the day of salvation. Holy God, speaking, spoken and inspiring, +bless you, unbind you, and send you in love and in peace. Amen