PRAYERS FOR THE EASTER SEASON 

Readings for the Fifth Week of Easter (May 10- May16) Acts 7:55-60 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 1Peter 2:2-10 St. John 14:1-14 

Prayer of the Day 

The Lord be with you. 

AND ALSO WITH YOU. Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN. 

Concluding Prayer 

O God, our grove, our lover, our well: in the resurrection of your Son you have brought us into your garden. Marry us now and forever, and give us to eat from the tree of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. 

AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE MORNING Try to use either the Morning or Evening Prayer liturgies three times a week. New readings and prayers will be sent each week of the seven week Easter season. Lord, open my lips. 

AND MY MOUTH SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR PRAISE. The Lord is risen! 

INDEED, HE IS RISEN! As an apple tree among the trees of the wood; 

SO IS MY BELOVED AMONG YOUNG MEN. With great delight I sat in his shadow, 

AND HIS FRUIT WAS SWEET TO MY TASTE. He brought me to the banqueting house; 

AND HIS INTENTION TOWARD ME WAS LOVE. Song of Solomon 2:3-4 

He is the Way. Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness, You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures. 

He is the Truth. Seek him in the Kingdom of Anxiety; You will come to a great city that has expected your return for years. He is the Life! Love him in the World of the Flesh; And at your marriage all its occasions shall dance for joy. . W. H. Auden

 

Prayer of the Day (see above) 

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the fifth week of Easter.) 

Silence for reflection. 

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life; Such a Way, as gives us breath: Such a Truth, as ends all strife; And such a Life, as killeth death. 

“The Call” George Herbert, 1593-1633 

The Apostle’s Creed is said on Sundays and optionally on other days. 

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic. 

The Lord’s Prayer 

The Concluding Prayer (see above) 

Blessing: Bless the Lord. 

THANKS BE TO GOD. 

Prayer in Time of Pandemic 

Gracious God, for all who have contracted the corona virus, we pray for care and healing. For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection. For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace in mind and spirit. 

For effected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight. For those without adequate health insurance, we pray they will not face financial burdens alone. For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for safety and healing. For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom, humility, selflessness and guidance. 

Father of all, during this crisis may your church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Let the light of the Risen Christ fall on all of us in this dark time. Grant us peace, grant us comfort, grant us faith, grant us healing, You who are always with us, through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. AMEN. 

A Prayer When we cannot come to Holy Communion 

O Lamb of God, in union with the faithful at every Table of your Church, my heart offers you praise and thanksgiving. I love you above all things, and earnestly desire to receive you into my life, body and soul. And although I cannot receive you now in the Holy Sacrament, I invite you into my heart. By your Holy Spirit may my life be fed on the spiritual food that is your life, death, and resurrection until I can once more come to your Table and know you in the breaking of the Bread. Amen. 

A Prayer for our Place of Worship 

O Holy One, may all that makes our particular church sacred space for us – the Table, the Fount, the Cross, the Pulpit, the reredos, the windows, the pews, the Bibles and the hymnals, the candles and our customs, the love and prayers of all who have gone before us – may each of these tend this space for us, hold our prayers and our presence, our sorrows and our tears, our song and our silence, so that when we gather again in this holy place we may celebrate a new rolling away of the stone and shout our “Alleluias”. AMEN. 

A Responsive Prayer for Eastertide 

Open, O doors and bolts of my heart, that Christ the King of Glory may enter! ENTER, O MY LIGHT, AND ILLUMINE MY DARKENSS. Enter, O my Life, and quicken my deadness; ENTER, O MY PHYSICIAN, AND HEAL MY WOUNDS. Enter, O Divine Fire, and burn up the thorns of my sins; IGNITE MY HEART AND SPIRIT WITH THE FLAME OF YOUR LOVE. 

Enter, O my King, and destroy in me the dominion of sin and death; MAKE MY HEART YOUR THRONE AND RIGN IN ME FOREVER, O MY KING AND LORD. AMEN. 

St. Dimitri of Rostov 

AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE EVENING O Lord, come to our assistance; O LORD, HASTEN TO HELP US. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and honor and glory and blessing! 

TO THE ONE SEATED ON THE THRONE AND TO THE LAMB BE BLESSING AND HONOR AND GLORY AND MIGHT FOREVER AND EVER. AMEN. 

Hymn 

The tree of life my soul has seen, Laden with fruit, and always green: The trees of nature fruitless be Compared with Christ the apple tree. HIS BEAUTY DOTH ALL THNGS EXCEL: BY FAITH I KNOW, BUT NE’ER CAN TELL THE GLORY WHICH I NOW CAN SEE IN JESUS CHRIST THE APPLE TREE. 

For happiness I long have sought. And pleasure dearly I have bought: I missed of all; but now I see ‘Tis found in Christ the apple tree. I’M WEARY WITH MY FORMER TOIL, HERE I WILL SIT AND REST A WHILE: UNDER THE SHADE I WILL BE, OF JESUS CHRIST THE APPLE TREE. 

This fruit doth make my soul to thrive, It keeps by dying faith alive; Which makes my soul in haste to be With Jesus Christ the apple tree. 

American Folk Hymn, 18th century 

 

Prayer of the Day (see above) 

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the fifth week of Easter.) 

Silence for reflection. 

Reflection: 

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and my song, and has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:2 

A Reflection “Someone was drawing water and my teacher placed my hand under the spout. As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other the word water, first slowly and then rapidly. I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motion of her fingers. Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness of something forgotten – the thrill of returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew that w-a-t-e-r meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy set it free.” 

Helen Keller Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; 

FOR THESE EYES OF MINE HAVE SEEN THE SAVIOR WHOM YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE; A light to enlighten the nations; 

AND THE GLORY OF YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL. 

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic. 

A Prayer of St. Augustine 

Keep watch, O Lord, with those who work or watch or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, O Lord Christ. Give rest to the weary. Bless the dying. Soothe the suffering. Pity the afflicted. Shield the joyous. And all for your love’s sake AMEN. 

Concluding Prayer (see above) 

Blessing: The Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. 

AMEN. 

A Psalm in Times of Trouble 

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, abide under the shadow of the Almighty. You shall say to the Lord, “You are my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust. GOD SHALL DELIVER YOU FROM THE SNARE OF THE HUNTER AND FROM THE DEADLY PESTILENCE. GOD’S PINIONS WILL COVER YOU, AND YOU SHALL FIND REFUGE UNDER THE WINGS OF THE LORD, WHOSE FAITHFULNESS SHALL BE A SHIELD AND BUCKLER. 

You shall not be afraid of any terror by night or the arrow that flies by day; of the plague that stalks in the darkness nor the sickness that lays waste at mid-day. A THOUSAND SHALL FALL AT YOUR SIDE AND TEN THOUSAND AT YOUR RIGHT HAND, BUT IT SHALL NOT COME NEAR YOU. YOUR EYES HAVE ONLY TO BEHOLD TO SEE THE REWARD OF THE WICKED. 

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your habitation, there shall no evil happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. FOR THE LORD SHALL GIVE HIS HOLY ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU, TO KEEP YOU IN ALL YOUR WAYS. THEY SHALL BEAR YOU UP IN THEIR HANDS, LEST YOU DASH YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE. 

You shall tread upon the lion and the adder; you shall trample the young lion under your feet. Because they are bound to me in love, therefore I will deliver them; I will protect them because they know my name. THEY SHALL CALL UPON ME, AND I WILL ANSWER THEM; I AM WITH THEM IN TROUBLE; I WILL RESCUE THEM AND BRING THEM HONOR. WITH LONG LIFE I WILL SATISFY THEM, AND SHOW THEM MY SALVATION. 

Psalm 91 An Easter Hymn 

Now the green blade rises from the buried grain, Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain; Love lives again, that with the dead has been; Love is come again like wheat arising green. 

Forth He came at Easter, like the risen grain, Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain. Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen: Love is come again like wheat arising green. 

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain, Christ’s warm touch can call us back to life again. Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been: Love is come again like wheat arising green. 

An Ancient Prayer for the Unity of the Church 

Lord God, well-spring of all love, fathomless sea of kindness and grace, make us co-heirs of your peace, and kindle in us the bright flames of your love. Make us one in reverence for your name, and strengthen us in the confession of your truth. Unite us to yourself and to one another in firm and unbreakable bonds of peace, that we, one in heart and soul on earth, may be one in the eternal feast of your joy. There we shall glorify you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in your everlasting Kingdom. AMEN. 

A Poem 

Holla, the incarnate Son Hath come to earth and fought and won. Lullay, he lieth in a tomb And for my soul he findeth room. Lullay, I rest in him, Weary spirit and weary limb. 

Holla, we rise; He leadeth me after him through the skies. Holla, we compass about and hem The golden Jerusalem. Holla, we enter in Because my friend hath not known sin. Hallelujah, I see the Lord God and all is well; Lillay, I rest in him. “The Shout” Adam Fox

                                                                       PRAYERS FOR THE EASTER SEASON 

 The fourth Sunday of Easter is, by venerable tradition, “Good Shepherd” Sunday. Several of the readings and the Psalm for this day have to do with the image of the shepherd. Some people do not like the image of God or Jesus as the shepherd. It implies that we, who are God’s people, are sheep. No one wants to be a sheep. But sheep have been given a bad press. Sheep are not timid nor are they stupid. On the other hand, the Prophet Isaiah when he speaks of the Suffering Servant of God, (Isaiah, chapter 53) whom the church has always interpreted to be an image of Jesus, he says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him (the Suffering Servant) the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6) “All have gone astray…” That is a fairly apt description of we who call ourselves the people of God. So perhaps being like sheep is a more apt description of ourselves than we would like to think.

Readings for the Fourth Week of Easter (May 3- May 9)                                                                                                                                                    Acts 2:42-47      Jeremiah 23:1-6       Psalm 23      1Peter 2:19-25      St. John 10:1-10      St. Luke 15:3-7

Prayer of the Day                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Lord be with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                         AND ALSO WITH YOU.                                                                                                                                                                                               Jesus, Good Shepherd of the sheep, by whom the lost are sought and guided into the fold: Feed us and we shall be satisfied, heal us and we shall be whole, and lead us that we may be with you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

Concluding Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                               O God, our shepherd, our gate, our Lamb: in the resurrection of your Son you have brought us into your pasture. Guide us by your clear streams, and drive away the wolf at our gate; through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

                                                                AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE MORNING 

Try to use either the Morning or Evening Prayer liturgies three times a week. New readings and prayers will be sent each week of the seven week Easter season. Lord, open my lips.                                                                                                                                                                                                       AND MY MOUTH SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR PRAISE. Risen is the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for the sheep. RISEN AND ALIVE IS THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD.

The King of Love my shepherd is,                                                                                                                                                                                Whose goodness fails me never;                                                                                                                                                                                         I nothing lack if I am his,                                                                                                                                                                                                     And he is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow                                                                                                                                                                                      My ransomed soul he’s leading,                                                                                                                                                                                      And where the verdant pastures grow                                                                                                                                                                                  With food celestial feeding.

You spread your Table in my sight;                                                                                                                                                                                Your saving grace bestowing;                                                                                                                                                                                              And O what transport of delight                                                                                                                                                                                    From your pure chalice flowing!

And so through all the length of days                                                                                                                                                                                  Your goodness fails me never;                                                                                                                                                                                      Good Shepherd, may I sing your praise                                                                                                                                                                                Within your house forever .

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the fourth week.) Silence for reflection.

The Apostle’s Creed is said on Sundays and optionally on other days.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bless the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                                           THANKS BE TO GOD.

Prayer in Time of Pandemic                                                                                                                                                                                         Gracious God, for all who have contracted the corona virus, we pray for care and healing.                                                                                                        For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection.                                                                                                                            For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace in mind and spirit.                                                                                                                        For effected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.                            For those without adequate health insurance, we pray they will not face financial burdens alone.                                                                                           For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for safety and healing.                                                                                                                    For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom, humility, selflessness and guidance. Father of all, during this crisis may your church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Let the light of the Risen Christ fall on all of us in this dark time. Grant us peace, grant us comfort, grant us faith, grant us healing, You who are always with us, through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. AMEN.

A Prayer When we cannot come to Holy Communion                                                                                                                                                             O Lamb of God, in union with the faithful at every Table of your Church, my heart offers you praise and thanksgiving. I love you above all things, and earnestly desire to receive you into my life, body and soul. And although I cannot receive you now in the Holy Sacrament, I invite you into my heart. By your Holy Spirit may my life be fed on the spiritual food that is your life, death, and resurrection until I can once more come to your Table and know you in the breaking of the Bread. Amen.

A Prayer for our Place of Worship                                                                                                                                                                                       O Holy One, may all that makes our particular church sacred space for us – the Table, the Fount, the Cross, the Pulpit, the reredos, the windows, the pews, the Bibles and the hymnals, the candles and our customs, the love and prayers of all who have gone before us – may each of these tend this space for us, hold our prayers and our presence, our sorrows and our tears, our song and our silence, so that when we gather again in this holy place we may celebrate a new rolling away of the stone and shout our “Alleluias”. AMEN.

A Responsive Prayer for Eastertide                                                                                                                                                                                     O Christ, in your resurrection, the heavens and the earth rejoice. ALLELUIA!                                                                                                                        By your resurrection you broke open the gates of hell, and destroyed sin and death. KEEP US VICTORIOUS OVER SIN AND DEATH.                                            By your resurrection you raised the dead, and brought new life to the world. GUIDE US IN THE WAY OF ETERNAL LIFE.                                                              By your resurrection you confounded your guards and executioners and filled your disciples with joy. GIVE US JOY AS WE SHARE IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR SERVICE. By your resurrection you proclaimed good news to the myrrh-bearing woman and to the apostles, and brought salvation to the whole creation. DIRECT OUR LIVES AS YOUR NEW CREATION.                                                                                                                                                                            God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. From the waters of our baptism you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

A Brief Sermon on St. John 10:7 and 11                                                                                                                                                                             In the afternoon I set out to see the sights of the village. Not far away I came to a mound of earth piled up in a large circle, like a crude rampart, and on the top of the mound all around the circle was a heap of dry thorns. As I stood wondering what this might be one of the villagers approached me. “Salaam”, I said, “please tell me what this enclosure is for”. “Oh, that is for the sheep”, he replied. “They are brought in here for the night for safety”. “Good”, I said, “but why have the dry thorns been piled on top of the wall”? “That”, he replied, “is protection against wolves. If a wolf tries to break in and attack the sheep, he will knock against the thorns, and they will make a noise, and the shepherd will wake up, and drive the wolf away”. “That is fine”, I said, “but why does the wolf try to climb over the wall? Here is the entrance to the enclosure; it is open. There is no gate to keep out the wolf; he could easily enter here”. “Oh no,” said my guide, “you do not understand. That is where the shepherd sleeps; the shepherd is the gate”. And then I understood something that had often puzzled me. It became clear to me why Jesus had in John 10 called himself the Gate and then immediately afterwards the Shepherd. Since he is the Shepherd he is also the Gate. He is our leader and provider and also our protector from evil.    Eric Bishop

AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE EVENING                                                                                                                                                                              O Lord, come to our assistance;                                                                                                                                                                                         O LORD, HASTEN TO HELP US.                                                                                                                                                                                  Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and honor and glory and blessing!                                                                                         TO THE ONE SEATED ON THE THRONE AND TO THE LAMB BE BLESSING AND HONOR AND GLORY AND MIGHT FOREVER AND EVER. AMEN.

Hymn                                                                                                                                                                                                                         What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul?                                                                                                                                                         What wondrous love is this, O my soul?                                                                                                                                                                         What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss To lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,                                                                                     To lay aside his crown for my soul?                                                                                                                                                                                 TO GOD AND TO THE LAMB, I WILL SING, I WILL SING,                                                                                                                                                   TO GOD AND TO THE LAMB, I WILL SING.                                                                                                                                                                       TO GOD AND TO THE LAMB WHO IS THE GREAT I AM,                                                                                                                                                     WHILE MILLIONS JOIN THE THEME I WILL SING, I WILL SING,                                                                                                                                   WHILE MILLIONS JOIN THE THEME I WILL SING.                                                                                                                                                           And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,                                                                                                                                                     And when from death I’m free I’ll sing on.                                                                                                                                                                       And when from death I’m free I’ll sing and joyful be,                                                                                                                                                         And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,                                                                                                                                                                     And through eternity I’ll sing on.

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the fourth week.)                                                                                                                                             Silence for reflection.

Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; FOR THESE EYES OF MINE HAVE SEEN THE SAVIOR WHOM YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE;                                                                                                                                                                                           A light to enlighten the nations;                                                                                                                                                                                     AND THE GLORY OF YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. AMEN.

A Psalm in Times of Trouble                                                                                                                                                                                                  Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you; in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until the time of trouble has gone by.            I WILL CALL UPON YOU, O MOST HIGH GOD, THE GOD WHO MAINTAINS MY CAUSE.                                                                                                       You will send from heaven and save me; you will confound those who trample upon me; O God, you will send forth your love and faithfulness.                             I LIE IN THE MIDST OF LIONS THAT DEVOUR THE PEOPLE; THEIR TEETH ARE SPEARS AND ARROWS, THEIR TONGUE A SHARP SWORD.                            They have laid a net for my feet, and I am bowed low; they have dug a pit before me, but have fallen into it themselves.                                                             EXALT YOURSELF ABOVE THE HEAVENS, O GOD, AND YOUR GLORY OVER ALL THE EARTH.                                                                                                My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and make melody. WAKE UP, MY SPIRIT; AWAKE LUTE AND HARP; I MYSELF WILL WAKEN THE DAWN.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I will confess you among the peoples, O Lord; I will sing praise to you among the nations.                                                                                                   FOR YOUR LOVING-KINDNESS IS GREATER THAN THE HEAVENS, AND YOUR FAITHFULNESS REACHES TO THE CLOUDS.                                                           Exalt yourself above the heaven, O God, AND YOUR GLORY OVER ALL THE EARTH.          Psalm 57

An Easter Hymn                                                                                                                                                                                                           Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,                                                                                                                                                           Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;                                                                                                                                                               Love lives again, that with the dead has been;                                                                                                                                                                 Love is come again like wheat arising green.

Forth He came at Easter, like the risen grain,                                                                                                                                                                  Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain.                                                                                                                                                              Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:                                                                                                                                                                    Love is come again like wheat arising green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,                                                                                                                                                          Christ’s warm touch can call us back to life again.                                                                                                                                                          Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:                                                                                                                                                         Love is come again like wheat arising green.

An Ancient Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                         Lord Jesus Christ, you redeem and raise up all who believe in you. Release your people from the tyranny of sin, enrich our hearts with your truth, our minds with your wisdom; hallow our souls, and as you are seated in the glory of heaven let your blessing ever be with the children of earth. Amen.

A Poem                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Holla, the incarnate Son                                                                                                                                                                                               Hath come to earth and fought and won.                                                                                                                                                                     Lullay, he lieth in a tomb                                                                                                                                                                                               And for my soul he findeth room.                                                                                                                                                                               Lullay, I rest in him,                                                                                                                                                                                                   Weary spirit and weary limb.

Holla, we rise;                                                                                                                                                                                                                 He leadeth me after him through the skies.                                                                                                                                                                   Holla, we compass about and hem                                                                                                                                                                                 The golden Jerusalem.                                                                                                                                                                                               Holla, we enter in                                                                                                                                                                                                         Because my friend hath not known sin.                                                                                                                                                                   Hallelujah, I see the Lord God and all is well;                                                                                                                                                                Lillay, I rest in him.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “The Shout” Adam Fox 

                                                                    PRAYERS FOR THE EASTER SEASON

Readings for the Second Week of Easter (April 19-25)                                                                                                                                                            Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Psalm 16 1Peter 1:3-9 St. John 20:19-31

Prayer of the Day                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Lord be with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                          AND ALSO WITH YOU.                                                                                                                                                                                            Almighty and Eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt,may we who have not seen, have faith and receive the fullness of  Ch rist’s blessing, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. AMEN.

Concluding Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                                O God, our bread, our milk and our honey: in the resurrection of your Son you have brought us to your table. Feed us with your plenty, and enlarge our table to include all the hungry; through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

                                                                         AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE MORNING                                                                                             Try to use either the Morning or Evening Prayer liturgies three times a week. New readings and prayers will be sent each week of the seven week Easter season. Lord, open my lips.                                                                                                                                                                                                              AND MY MOUTH SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR PRAISE.                                                                                                                                                        Alleluia! The Lord is risen!                                                                                                                                                                                                   HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!                                                               

 Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.                                                                                                                FOR SINCE BY A MAN CAME DEATH, BY A MAN HAS COME ALSO THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.                                                                                        For as in Adam all die,                                                                                                                                                                                                     SO ALSO IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE. ALLELUIA!

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the first week.)                                                                                                                                                     Silence for reflection.

The Apostle’s Creed is said on Sundays and optionally on other days. 

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bless the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                                               THANKS BE TO GOD. 

A Prayer in the Time of Pandemic

Almighty God, save our nation in this crisis. Enlighten those responsible for the common good, so that they might know – as you do – how to care for all those who look to them for help and comfort in this dangerous time. Heal those who are suffering from the virus. Grant wisdom and resourcefulness to those seeking the equipment needed to care for those who have the disease. Protect and sustain those who are spending themselves caring for those who are sick, even at the cost of their own health: volunteers, technicians, nurses, doctors, EMTs. Bless with your protection all those who are reaching out to help others in this trying time. Bless your church: In these dark days make her a sign and instrument of Christ’s light, healing, and grace. Be with families, and especially with children and the elderly: grant that none be left in desperation from abandonment or discouragement. Spare those who are most fragile; encourage those who falter; intercede for the poor. By the power of your life-giving Holy Spirit free the world from the peril of pandemic. We ask this in Christ’s name.                                               AMEN.

Another Prayer in Time of Pandemic

 Gracious God, for all who have contracted the corona virus, we pray for care and healing.                                                                                                     For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection. For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace in mind and spirit. For effected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.                                 For those without adequate health insurance, we pray they will not face financial burdens alone.                                                                                               For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for safety and healing. For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom, humility, selflessness and guidance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Father of all, during this crisis may your church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Let the light of the Risen Christ fall on all of us in this dark time. Grant us peace, grant us comfort, grant us faith, grant us healing, You who are always with us, through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. AMEN.

A Prayer When we cannot come to Holy Communion                                                                                                                                                             O Lamb of God, in union with the faithful at every Table of your Church, my heart offers you praise and thanksgiving. I love you above all things, and earnestly desire to receive you into my life, body and soul. And although I cannot receive you now in the Holy Sacrament, I invite you into my heart. By your Holy Spirit may my life be fed on the spiritual food that is your life, death, and resurrection until I can once more come to your Table and know you in the breaking of the Bread. Amen.

A Prayer for our place of Worship                                                                                                                                                                                       O Holy One, may all that makes our particular church sacred space for us – the Table, the Fount, the Cross, the Pulpit, the reredos, the windows, the pews, the Bibles and the hymnals, the candles and our customs, the love and prayers of all who have gone before us – may each of these tend this space for us, hold our prayers and our presence, our sorrows and our tears, our song and our silence, so that when we gather again in this holy place we may celebrate a new rolling away of the stone and shout our “Alleluias”. AMEN.

A Responsive Prayer for Eastertide                                                                                                                                                                                        O Christ, in your resurrection, the heavens and the earth rejoice. Alleluia!                                                                                                                                By your resurrection you broke open the gates of hell, and destroyed sin and death. KEEP US VICTOIOUS OVER SIN AND DEATH.                                                By your resurrection you raised the dead, and brought new life to the world. GUIDE US IN THE WAY OF ETERNAL LIFE.                                                              By your resurrection you confounded your guards and executioners and filled your disciples with joy. GIVE US JOY AS WE SHARE IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR SERVICE. By your resurrection you proclaimed good news to the myrrh-bearing woman and to the apostles, and brought salvation to the whole creation. DIRECT OUR LIVES AS YOUR NEW CREATION.                                                                                                                                                                             God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. From the waters of our baptism you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE EVENING                                                                                                                                                                The Lord is risen!                                                                                                                                                                                                      INDEED HE IS RISEN!                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lord Jesus Christ, by your cross you destroyed death. To the condemned criminal you opened paradise; for the myrrh-bearing women you changed weeping into joy; you commanded Mary Magdalene to proclaim to the disciples that you are risen, granting the world great mercy; to Thomas you granted a renewed faith. Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ, glory to you.                                                                                                                                                                        AMEN.

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the first week.)                                                                                                                                                 Silence for reflection.

Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; FOR THESE EYES OF MINE HAVE SEEN THE SAVIOR WHOM YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE;                                                                                                                                                                                            A light to enlighten the nations; AND THE GLORY OF YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing: The Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us.                                                                                                    AMEN.

                                                                                    PRAYERS FOR THE EASTER SEASON

Readings for the Third Week of Easter (April 26—May 2)                                                                                                                                                        Acts 2:14a, 36-14 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 1Peter 1:17-23 St. Luke 24:13- 35

Prayer of the Day                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Lord be with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                          AND ALSO WITH YOU.                                                                                                                                                                                                      O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open our eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

Concluding Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                             O God, our rainbow, our dove, our promised land: in the resurrection of your Son you have brought us into your ark. Protect us from the storm and ferry us to your welcoming shore through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

                                                                     AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE MORNING                                                                                                  Try to use either the Morning or Evening Prayer liturgies three times a week. New readings and prayers will be sent each week of the seven week Easter season. Lord, open my lips.                                                                                                                                                                                                         AND MY MOUTH SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR PRAISE.                                                                                                                                                              Christ has been raised from the dead,                                                                                                                                                                                   THE FIRST FRUITS OF THOSE WHO HAVE DIED.                                                                                                                                                                   For as by a man came death, by a man has also come the resurrection of the dead;                                                                                                                  FOR AS IN ADAM ALL DIE, SO IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE.

The risen Christ made himself known to them in the breaking of bread. ALLEULIA!

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the first week.)                                                                                                                                                         Silence for reflection.

The Apostle’s Creed is said on Sundays and optionally on other days.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bless the Lord.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   THANKS BE TO GOD.

A Prayer in the Time of Pandemic

Almighty God, save our nation in this crisis. Enlighten those responsible for the common good, so that they might know – as you do – how to care for all those who look to them for help and comfort in this dangerous time. Heal those who are suffering from the virus. Grant wisdom and resourcefulness to those seeking the equipment needed to care for those who have the disease. Protect and sustain those who are spending themselves caring for those who are sick, even at the cost of their own health: volunteers, technicians, nurses, doctors, EMTs. Bless with your protection all those who are reaching out to help others in this trying time. Bless your church: In these dark days make her a sign and instrument of Christ’s light, healing, and grace. Be with families, and especially with children and the elderly: grant that none be left in desperation from abandonment or discouragement. Spare those who are most fragile; encourage those who falter; intercede for the poor. By the power of your life-giving Holy Spirit free the world from the peril of pandemic. We ask this in Christ’s name.                                                    AMEN.

Another Prayer in Time of Pandemic

 Gracious God, for all who have contracted the corona virus, we pray for care and healing.                                                                                                        For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection. For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace in mind and spirit. For effected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.                                For those without adequate health insurance, we pray they will not face financial burdens alone.                                                                                                For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for safety and healing.                                                                                                                          For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom, humility, selflessness and guidance.                                                                                         Father of all, during this crisis may your church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Let the light of the Risen Christ fall on all of us in this dark time. Grant us peace, grant us comfort, grant us faith, grant us healing, You who are always with us, through Jesus Christ our risen Lord. AMEN.

A Prayer When we cannot come to Holy Communion                                                                                                                                                             O Lamb of God, in union with the faithful at every Table of your Church, my heart offers you praise and thanksgiving. I love you above all things, and earnestly desire to receive you into my life, body and soul. And although I cannot receive you now in the Holy Sacrament, I invite you into my heart. By your Holy Spirit may my life be fed on the spiritual food that is your life, death, and resurrection until I can once more come to your Table and know you in the breaking of the Bread. Amen.

A Prayer for our place of Worship                                                                                                                                                                                       O Holy One, may all that makes our particular church sacred space for us – the Table, the Fount, the Cross, the Pulpit, the reredos, the windows, the pews, the Bibles and the hymnals, the candles and our customs, the love and prayers of all who have gone before us – may each of these tend this space for us, hold our prayers and our presence, our sorrows and our tears, our song and our silence, so that when we gather again in this holy place we may celebrate a new rolling away of the stone and shout our “Alleluias”. AMEN.

A Responsive Prayer for Eastertide                                                                                                                                                                                       O Christ, in your resurrection, the heavens and the earth rejoice. Alleluia!                                                                                                                               By your resurrection you broke open the gates of hell, and destroyed sin and death. KEEP US VICTOIOUS OVER SIN AND DEATH.                                                 By your resurrection you raised the dead, and brought new life to the world. GUIDE US IN THE WAY OF ETERNAL LIFE.                                                               By your resurrection you confounded your guards and executioners and filled your disciples with joy. GIVE US JOY AS WE SHARE IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR SERVICE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         - By your resurrection you proclaimed good news to the myrrh-bearing woman and to the apostles, and brought salvation to the whole creation. DIRECT OUR LIVES AS YOUR NEW CREATION.                                                                                                                                                                                                    God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. From the waters of our baptism you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.

AN ORDER FOR PRAYER IN THE EVENING

The angel said, “Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified,                                                                                                               HE IS NOT HERE; FOR HE HAS BEEN RAISED, AS HE SAID. ALLELUIA!                                                                                                                                  Lord Jesus Christ, by your cross you destroyed death. To the condemned criminal you opened paradise; for the myrrh-bearing women you changed weeping into joy; you commanded Mary Magdalene to proclaim to the disciples that you are risen, granting the world great mercy; to Thomas you granted a renewed faith. Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ, glory to you.                                                                                                                                                                         AMEN.

Prayer of the Day (see above)

Reading: (Select one of the readings for the first week.)                                                                                                                                                   Silence for reflection.

Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; FOR THESE EYES OF MINE HAVE SEEN THE SAVIOR WHOM YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE;                                                                                                                                                                                           A light to enlighten the nations;                                                                                                                                                                                         AND THE GLORY OF YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others, concluding with prayers for the end of the pandemic.

Concluding Prayer (see above)

Blessing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. AMEN.

A Psalm in Times of Trouble                                                                                                                                                                                             Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you; in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until the time of trouble has gone by.             I WILL CALL UPON YOU, O MOST HIGH GOD, THE GOD WHO MAINTAINS MY CAUSE.                                                                                                        You will send from heaven and save me; you will confound those who trample upon me; O God, you will send forth your love and faithfulness.                               I LIE IN THE MIDST OF LIONS THAR DEVOUR THE PEOPLE; THEIR TEETH ARE SPEARS AND ARROWS, THEIR TONGUE A SHARP SWORD.                             They have laid a net for my feet, and I am bowed low; they have dug a pit before me, but have fallen into it themselves.                                                   EXALT YOURSELF ABOVE THE HEAVENS, O GOD, AND YOUR GLORY OVER ALL THE EARTH.                                                                                                     My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and make melody.                                                                                                                      WAKE UP, MY SPIRIT; AWAKE LUTE AND HARP; I MYSELF WILL WAKEN THE DAWN.                                                                                                               I will confess you among the peoples, O Lord; I will sing praise to you among the nations.                                                                                                          FOR YOUR LOVING-KINDNESS IS GREATER THAN THE HEAVENS, AND YOUR FAITHFULNESS REACHES TO THE CLOUDS.                                                            Exalt yourself above the heaven, O God,                                                                                                                                                                          AND YOUR GLORY OVER ALL THE EARTH. 

 An Easter Hymn                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,                                                                                                                                                                  Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;                                                                                                                                                                  Love lives again, that with the dead has been;                                                                                                                                                                      Love is come again like wheat arising green.

Forth He came at Easter, like the risen grain,                                                                                                                                                                      Jesus who for three days in the grave had lain.                                                                                                                                                                      Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:                                                                                                                                                                          Love is come again like wheat arising green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,                                                                                                                                                          Christ’s warm touch can call us back to life again.                                                                                                                                                          Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:                                                                                                                                                              Love is come again like wheat arising green.

An Ancient Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                                      Christ, who being raised from the dead will die no more, grant that sin, which is death, may no longer have dominion over us, that we, who with ready faith proclaim the mystery of your Resurrection, may be delivered from the power of death. You are the Resurrection and the Life. Amen.

A Poem                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Holla, the incarnate Son                                                                                                                                                                                               Hath come to earth and fought and won.                                                                                                                                                                           Lullay, he lieth in tomb                                                                                                                                                                                                       And for my soul he findeth room.                                                                                                                                                                                         Lullay, I rest in him,                                                                                                                                                                                                   Weary spirit and weary limb.

Holla, we rise;                                                                                                                                                                                                                He leadeth me after him through the skies.                                                                                                                                                                        Holla, we compass about and hem                                                                                                                                                                                  The golden Jerusalem.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Holla, we enter in                                                                                                                                                                                                              Because my friend hath not known sin.                                                                                                                                                                                Hallelujah, I see Lord God and all is well;                                                                                                                                                                              Lillay, I rest in him.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “The Shout” Adam Fox 


GRACE BE UNTO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD THE FATHER AND FROM OUR LORD AND SAVIOR – JESUS THE CHRIST.
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!
He is risen indeed!
       It has been 51 Easters that we have celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection at sunrise on the lakeshore, breakfasted together at the church and celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection again at the church. Then came the coronavirus and everything changed. Our lives were very much in the control of a powerful pandemic. Even our most powerful communal worship experience was largely relegated to the privacy of our own homes.
       But the message of this wonderful day is as powerful as ever - Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and because He Who gave His very life for us on the cross has risen indeed we too with our loved will spend all eternity victoriously with Him
       How truly we need to hear how God’s Own Son came into His Creation – our world.  God Himself came among us as the vulnerable flesh and blood Christ – showed us nothing but love and loyalty – cared and ministered to everyone even those who rejected Him – truly showed and shared His love in all He did and said.
       Then everyone – even those closest to Him thought all was lost for Jesus Christ humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on the cross.  His followers though they had lost everything.
       Then on His 3rd day in the airtight tomb, Jesus arose – not merely to proclaim His Victory – but to proclaim ours as well.  Jesus had conquered temptation, sin, death and all that comes with it and returned from the dead to proclaim the gift.
       Death is that unavoidable enemy we all must face – with or without a pandemic seemingly beyond human control.  Good Friday is that day Jesus suffered and died for us on the cross and there He conquered all our ultimate enemies for us. Good Friday is the most important day in human history because it was the day Jesus gave His Life on the cross to conquer sin, guilt, death, pandemics and the devil for us – the day He was placed in an air-tight tomb.
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!
He is risen indeed!
           Easter – the day of Jesus’ Resurrection – is the day Jesus rose from the dead to explain what Good Friday was all about.
       John and the woman had seen Jesus slain on the cross and, with Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, had laid Him in the air-tight tomb.  Then they and all the disciples hid and mourned through the worst Sabbath of their lives.  At sunrise on Sunday morning – while the disciples were still hiding – the women went to the tomb to complete the burial arrangements.  Our Savior had been slain and with Him most of their hopes. Neither they nor the disciples understood the meaning of the battle Jesus waged on the cross that past Friday.
       Then Jesus came back to explain. The Christ rose from the dead to proclaim His Victory for us.  The sting of death is sin. On Good Friday Jesus suffered and died for our sins.  Christ waged the battle for our souls and for our eternal lives.  On Easter, Jesus proclaimed His Victory in that battle.
Celebrate the SONrise

       As God proclaimed through St. Paul in his First Epistle to the Corinthians, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin, And the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God,  Who gives us the victory, Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
       On Easter Jesus arose to proclaim the Victory and restore our eternal lives and relationship with God.
       In our world – in our lives – our own human nature causes us often to struggle as if Good Friday never came. Jesus won the Good Friday battle totally with nothing left to accomplish or add.  With our Easter message for our Good Friday world, we can celebrate the SONrise – in the church, at the lakeshore or even in our own living room.
       God’s Easter message is that Jesus has suffered our penalty and died in our stead – The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus. (ROMANS 6:23).
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!
He is risen indeed!
And because He lives, we have life…
Abundantly and eternally.
THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH PASSES ALL HUMAN UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS – OUR RESURRECTION AND OUR LIFE N OW AND ETERNALLY.
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EASTER SUNDAY
April 12, 2020

Dr. Kurt Borows

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