No Greater Love

Living the Resurrection

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

It is not our intention to dampen the spirit of the day, but to remind worship teams of the delicate nature of recognition. By all means, find ways to give thanks and to give honor. That is one of the tasks of the followers of Jesus (Romans 12:10). At the same time, however, offer prayers of healing for those who are struggling on this day.

By Stephon Carlisle Void and Curry F. Butler

Father, You Call Us Your Friends

An Opening Prayer Inspired by John 15:9-17
(Stephon Carlisle Void)

Unison,

Lord, we are gathered here today as one body, because you chose to call us your friends. We come from all walks of life. We have had our share of good days and bad days. In the world’s eye, we aren't good enough or worthy enough to have this bond; but in your sight, we are exactly who you need. Despite all the drama, we made it here to worship and praise your name. May the love we experience today in worship restore us, revive us, refresh us. God, use our broken selves as tools of hope and love on this day. Lord, we love you. Thank you for loving us and calling us your friends. It's in your name, we pray. Amen.

God, We Receive Your Testimony

A Prayer, Inspired by 1 John 5
(Curry F. Butler)

God, we receive your testimony. Like a proud parent, you have testified to your Son. Jesus the Christ is your Son, in whom you are well pleased. From glory to earth he came to be born of a teenaged mother under the direst conditions. For three years, he taught and performed miracles in your name. You must be proud. Just as you testify to him, Lord, testify to us. Let the world know that even though we make mistakes, you still love us. Let the world know that just as you still love us, you love them too. In your Son, Jesus’ name, we pray. AMEN.

He Has Given Us a Job to Do

A Sending for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, inspired by John 15:9-17
(Stephon Carlisle Void)

God chose us for a purpose. He has given us a job to do. Leave here with a message for the world. Tell them that Jesus is our friend. He is a friend like no other. Tell the world that God will never leave them alone and we should not fear his love. Leave here, knowing that you now have a friend who is closer to us than a brother or sister. What better way to honor a friend than to be more like him? So, we must do the work and get our hands dirty. Our Friend needs us to do his will. Oh, what a friend we have in Jesus! Go forth in peace. Amen.

We Go, Carrying Our Testimony with Us

A Sending, Inspired by 1 John 5
(Curry F. Butler)

As we go out into the world, let us carry the testimony of God with us.

Let us not be ashamed,

But let us boldly share it with everyone we meet.

We are now dealers of life, and that more abundantly.

In This Series...


Easter Sunday, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes

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Easter Sunday, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes