We offer our entire being to the God of Creation,who made the sun and the moon to govern by day and by nightand hung the stars in the sky.A New Great Thanksgiving for Eastertide »
It's the Sunday after Easter; the lilies are gone. And we are alone with our faith.Alone with Our Faith »
Reader 1: Early
Readers 1-4: Early
Reader 1: Early on the first day of the week
Reader 2: The women came to the tomb
Reader 3: To anoint his body.
Reader 4: For burial.A Choral Reading based on Luke 24:1-12 »
As the Father has loved me, I have I loved you; abide in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.
(John 15:9-10, NRSV)
We are about to witness again one of the great recurring rituals of Christendom. It's not a command of Scripture, nor a rubric in any denominational canon law or book of worship. It is a practice not taught in seminaries; but it is repeated again and again, year after year, in churches of all denominations and beliefs. It is the singing of Charles Wesley's "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" as the opening hymn on Easter Sunday morning. Even though it is not a universal practice, it happens in so many different churches every year that it may actually be one of the few liturgical practices that we hold in common.Christ The Lord Is Risen Today »
Leader: Listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd!
People: God, help us to hear the Shepherd's voice and follow him.
Christ is risen!
Death has been swallowed in victory.
Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." (Luke 24:35-36, NRSV)From Emmaus to Jerusalem: Easter-Season Preaching »
We who plan worship know the theology behind the extended celebration of the incarnation and the Resurrection. But when it comes to actually living out the season over a period of days and weeks, we excuse ourselves from it, claiming that the people just won't understand.Fifty Days of Easter? You Must Be Kidding! »
Many American churches are resurrecting an old Easter custom begun by the early Greek Christians --- "Bright Sunday" or "Holy Humor Sunday" celebrations on the Sunday after Easter. For centuries in all Christian faith traditions, the week following Easter Sunday was observed by the faithful as "days of joy and laughter" with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus' resurrection.Holy Humor Sunday (Bright Sunday) »
It is that time of year again. Get ready to have a full church. Be prepared to set up chairs in the aisle. It is an exciting time of year, having a great celebration and filling the sanctuary with people. But some members will look down upon those who are CE (Christmas/Easter) attendees. The CE people are not faithful. They don't attend; they don't give; they aren't involved; they don't help with the work that needs to be done to keep the church going.Here They Come Again »
Is there anybody here who loves my Jesus?
I love the Lord
He bent down low to hear me.
He cares for me
And I will trust him as long as I live.
This is a new liturgy adapted for use on Easter for the lighting of the Paschal Candle during the opening Easter Hymn. I share it with others in case it may be helpful for you.Liturgy for Lighting the Easter Candle »
"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want."
With these words I am saying that God provides me with everything I need, but do I really believe that?
Lord, we confess our preoccupation with Proof.
Too often we muffle faith and hand the microphone to Proof.
In North American culture, Easter is one day. In the church's reckoning of time, it lasts for fifty days! The resurrection of our Lord is so significant that the Revised Common Lectionary and calendar of the Christian year gives nearly one-sixth of the year to pondering and praising God in light of the resurrection life of Jesus Christ among the disciples (the apostolic community) and in the world.Preaching and Worship for the Sundays of Easter (Year C) »
Many United Methodist churches use candles in worship. Some churches today are adopting an ancient usage of a very large candle that symbolizes both the pillar of fire that led Israel by night and the risen Lord who stands among us at Easter. This large candle sits in a tall (usually 48 inches) stand, and it bears a light high in the vision and hearts of the people as they cry, "Alleluia! Christ is risen!"The Paschal Candle »
The winds of change blow,
the Spirit of God breathes
Still the world goes on . . .
When I am like a wayward lamb,
Bent and intent on finding my own pasture,
In the Way that leads to Righteousness.
On difficult days,
When nothing goes well
And life crushes and squeezes and hurts
We recognize the voice of The Good Shepherd who walks with us and talks with us.
We recognize the voice of The Good Shepherd who is the guardian of our souls.
God, give us ears to hear the voice of your Spirit.
God give us ears to hear the cries of people asking for help in your name.
Unlock the doors of fear and doubt.
Let your faith spill into the streets!
Jesus is risen!
Death has no more claims on your life.
Lord, we look forward to the day when tears are gone,
when mourning and crying and pain
are distant memories,
when death is an impossibility.
Leader: Listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd!
People: God, help us to hear the Shepherd's voice and follow him.21st Century Worship Resources for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C »