Monday, May 20, 2019

Proper Prayers for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (26 May 2019)

Propers for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (RCL Easter 6C)

Acts 16.9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21.10, 22-22.5; John 14.23-29

Collect of the Day


Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you riches beyond imagination.  Pour into our hearts such love toward you, that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.  Amen.  [1]
or
Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your word, that/so that empowered by your Spirit we may love one another and the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.  [2]
or
Gracious God, through a vision you sent forth Paul to preach the gospel and called the women to a place of prayer on the sabbath.  Like Paul and Lydia, may our hearts respond to your word and be open to go where you lead us.  Amen. [3]
or
Holy One, you breathe the word of love and the promise of new creation into the secret places of our lives.  Teach us the costly way of fearless love and priceless peace; through Jesus Christ, who dwells in us.  Amen.  [3]
or
Great and loving Father/Generous and compassionate God, your will for us in Jesus is the peace the world cannot give; your abiding gift is the Advocate he promised.  Calm all troubled hearts, dispel every fear.  Keep us steadfast in love and faithful to your word, that/so that we may always be your dwelling place.  Grant this through Jesus Christ, the first-born from the dead, who lives and reigns with you in unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.  Amen. [4]

Prayer over the Gifts


God of glory, accept all we offer you this day, and bring us to that eternal city of love and light, where Christ is King.  We ask this in his name.  Amen.  [1]
or
God of glory, accept all we offer you this day, and bring us to that eternal city of love and light, where Christ reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.  Amen. [1 alt.]
or
Blessed are you, O God, ruler of heaven and earth.  Day by day you shower us with blessings.  As you have raised us to new life in Christ, give us glad and generous hearts, ready to praise you and to respond to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Saviourand Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Proper Preface of Easter


Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true paschal lamb who has taken away the sin of the world.  By his death he destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he was won for us eternal life.  Therefore, joining our voices with the hole company of heaven, we sing our joyful hymn of praise to proclaim the glory of your name.  [1]
or
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, for the glorious resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ, the true Paschal Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who in dying has destroyed death, and in rising has brought us to eternal life.  And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:  [2a]

Prayer after Communion


Father, you restored us to life by raising your Son from death.  May we who receive this sacrament always be strengthened to do your will, in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.  Amen.  [1]
or
Giver of life, you restored us to life by raising Jesus from the grave.  May we who receive this sacrament always be strengthened to do your will, in the name of Jesus the Christ.  Amen.  [1 alt.]
or
Life-giving God, in the mystery of Christ’s resurrection you send light to conquer darkness, water to give new life, and the bread of life to nourish your people.  Send us forth as witnesses to your Son’s resurrection, so that we may show your glory to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Easter Blessings


I
May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing.  Amen. 

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for ever.  Amen. 

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance.  Amen. 

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.  Amen.   [7]

II
The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7]

 

Sources


[1]       The Book of Alternative Services 1985
[2]       Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006
[2a]     Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition 2006
[3]       Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion 2016
[4]       Opening Prayers:  Collects in Contemporary Language 1997, 1999, 2001
[5]       Prayers for an Inclusive Church 2009
[6]       Revised Common Lectionary Prayers 2002
[7]       The Book of Occasional Services2018

N.B.  When a word or phrase appears is italicized in a liturgical text, it is an alteration made by the Ven. Richard Geoffrey Leggett to the original text.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song? (RCL Easter 5C, 19 May 2019)

How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song?
Reflections on Acts 11.1-18 and John 13.31-35

RCL Easter 5C
19 May 2019

Holy Trinity Cathedral
New Westminster BC


(1)  Every once and a while I come upon a Sunday where I can only prepare what I might describe as being ‘from text to sermon --- almost’. This is just such a Sunday.  My goal is to leave you with a question that will lead you to live your own sermon in the week ahead.

(2)  “Why’d you choose such a backward time in such a strange land?”  Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar by Webber and Rice.

(a) John’s Gospel stresses the love the disciples of Jesus are to have for one another.

(b) It’s a small circle because it’s a community feeling under attack from their own Jewish families, friends and neighbours.

(c) In such a situation it becomes very much an environment of ‘us’ versus ‘them’ where solidarity within the community of disciples is more important than generosity towards those who are ‘outside’.

(3)  “Draw the circle wide.  Draw it wider still.”  Draw the Circle Wide by Gordon Light.

(a) Peter has returned to the Jerusalem community with a remarkable story:  Non-Jews are being called by God to become disciples of Jesus.

(b) It is a development that is beyond their imagination and presents them with the challenge of expanding their vision of God’s mission.

(c) They thought God’s mission of reconciliation and renewal revealed in Jesus of Nazareth was limited to the Jewish people.  Now they know God’s dream is bigger and will involve new ways of being disciples of Jesus. It will bring that most dreaded of human experiences:  CHANGE.

(4)  “Since Love is lord of heaven and dearth, how can I keep from singing?”  My Life Flows on in Endless Song by Robert Lowry.

(a) In every generation the disciples of Jesus are faced with the challenge of knowing how and whom to love.

(b) Even though it’s not as easy path, we do know how to love:  We are to love in the same way that God has loved us in Jesus. Although the principle is clear, the details of working this out in daily life take a lifetime to come even close to learning or, if we are particularly gifted, to mastering.

(c) It is even more difficult to know whom we are to love.

(i) Family and friends are, for the most part, a given.

(ii) People who are like-minded, who belong to ‘our group’ and who share our tastes are not always easy to love, but we can love them most of the time without too much effort.

(iii) But what about ‘those other folk’?  You know the ones I’m talking about, the ones whose stories are so very different from our own, who don’t share our understanding of how things ought to be done, who challenge the status quoand ask questions we’d prefer were left unasked.

(iv) This is the difficult question because the love God offers to us in Jesus is a love that washes feet, touches the ‘unclean’ and reaches out to those some consider to be ‘beyond the pale’. It is a love that expects action and that opens us to risk CHANGE.

(5)  “My song is love unknown, my Saviour’s love to me; love to the loveless shown that they might lovely be.”  My Song Is Love Unknown by Samuel Crossman.

(a) The song that God sang to Peter led him away from the smaller circle envisioned by the evangelist John to a wider circle.

(b) The song that God sang to those who came before us in this congregation led them to a world embraced by a Love that is lord of heaven and earth.

(c) The song that God sings to us leads us to seek those who feel ‘loveless’, whether sitting next to us in the pew or beyond our walls or perhaps within our very selves, so that we might ‘lovely be’.

(d) Where do you think God’s song is beckoning you this week?

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Proper Prayers for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (12 May 2019)

Propers for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (RCL Easter 4C)

Acts 9.36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7.9-17; John 10.22-30

Collect of the Day


O God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do your will, and work in us that which is well-pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [1]
or
O God of peace, you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep. By the blood of your eternal covenant, make us complete in everything good so that  we may do your will, and work among us all that is well-pleasing in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen. [2]
or
Risen Christ, faithful shepherd of the flock: teach us to hear your voice and to follow your command, so that all your people may be gathered into one flock, to the glory of God, the Shepherd of Israel.  Amen.  [3]
or
Eternal God, from whose gentle hands none can snatch us away: give us faith to believe that we are known and loved with a passion strong enough to bring the whole world back to you; through Jesus Christ, who is one with you,  the Source of life.  Amen.  [3]
or
Safe in your hand, O God, is the flock you shepherd through Jesus your Son.  Lead us always to the living waters where you promise respite and refreshment, so that we may be counted among those who know and follow you.  We ask this through Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.  Amen. [4]
or
God of comfort and compassion, through Jesus, your Son, you lead us to the water of life and the table of your bounty.  May we who have received the tender love of our Good Shepherd be strengthened by your grace to care for your flock.  Amen.  [6]

Prayer over the Gifts


God of loving care, you spread before us the table of life, and give us the cup of salvation to drink. Keep us always in the fold of your Son Jesus Christ, our Saviour and our shepherd.  Amen.  [1]
or
Blessed are you, O God, ruler of heaven and earth.  Day by day you shower us with blessings.  As you have raised us to new life in Christ, give us glad and generous hearts, ready to praise you and to respond to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Saviourand Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Proper Preface of Easter


Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true paschal lamb who has taken away the sin of the world.  By his death he destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he was won for us eternal life.  Therefore, joining our voices with the hole company of heaven, we sing our joyful hymn of praise to proclaim the glory of your name.  [1]
or
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, for the glorious resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ, the true Paschal Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who in dying has destroyed death, and in rising has brought us to eternal life.  And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:  [2a]

Prayer after Communion


God of steadfast love, watch over the Church redeemed by the blood of your Son.  May we who share in these holy mysteries come safely to your eternal kingdom, where there is one flock and one shepherd.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord.  Amen. [1]
or
Life-giving God, in the mystery of Christ’s resurrection you send light to conquer darkness, water to give new life, and the bread of life to nourish your people.  Send us forth as witnesses to your Son’s resurrection, so thatwe may show your glory to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Easter Blessings


I
May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing.  Amen. 

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for ever.  Amen. 

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance.  Amen. 

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.  Amen.   [7]

II
The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7]

 

Sources


[1]       The Book of Alternative Services 1985
[2]       Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006
[2a]     Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition 2006
[3]       Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion 2016
[4]       Opening Prayers:  Collects in Contemporary Language 1997, 1999, 2001
[5]       Prayers for an Inclusive Church 2009
[6]       Revised Common Lectionary Prayers 2002
[7]       The Book of Occasional Services2018

N.B.  When a word or phrase appears is italicized in a liturgical text, it is an alteration made by the Ven. Richard Geoffrey Leggett to the original text.

Friday, May 3, 2019

God's Story, Our Story, Isn't Finished Yet: Reflections on John 21-1-19

God’s Story, Our Story, Isn’t Finished Yet:
Reflections on John 21.1-19

RCL Easter 3C
5 May 2019

Holy Trinity Cathedral

John 21.1-19

                  21.1After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.  2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.  3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”  They said to him, “We will go with you.”  They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

                  4Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.  5Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?”  They answered him, “No.”  6He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.”  So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.  7That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”  When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea.  8But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

                  9When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread.  10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”  11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.  12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”  Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.  13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.  14This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

                  15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”  He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”  Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”  16A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”  Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”  17He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?”  And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”  Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.  18Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished.  But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.”  19(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

            As long as Paula and I have been married, we’ve stayed after every movie to watch the credits.  We each look for different things.  Paula tends to look for the music credits and I tend, if the movie has some great cinematography, to look for where the film was shot.  Our perseverance in waiting until the film is truly over has been rewarded in recent years by film makers who include either deleted scenes or teaser scenes during the credits.
            More often than not these scenes tend to point to the next film if the one we’re watching is part of a series.  Sometimes the scenes contain so-called ‘blooper reel’ moments when one or more of the actors makes a spectacular mistake or flubs their lines. In many ways these scenes are a reminder that the story isn’t really over.  It’s as if the story has a life of its own and continues to unwind even when we’re not around to watch it.
            Many scholars think that today’s reading from the Gospel according to John is, from a biblical point of view, just such an added scene.  Last week we heard the story of Thomas and his encounter with the risen Jesus, a passage that ends with these words:  “20.30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.  31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.”  It wouldn’t be that difficult to read these words as the credits.  But either John the Evangelist or a later editor can’t let go of the story.  ‘Just one more episode’, I can almost hear the author say, ‘because you’ve got to hear this great resurrection story.’
            It is a great story because it begins with an implicit admission of failure. Simon Peter and his colleagues are back home in Galilee.  They’ve left Jerusalem behind and there is no sense of an excited crowd of Jesus’ disciples filling the highways and byways with the proclamation that Jesus has been raised from the dead.  There’s no need to hide because the revolution hasn’t caught on.  So Simon Peter and the others go back to what they know best --- fishing.  Even then they’re not having much luck.
            A stranger who isn’t really a stranger appears on the shore.  He gives them advice as to where to cast their nets. They all know who it is and they’re afraid to admit it.  If they admit to themselves that it is Jesus, then they also have to acknowledge that their failure isn’t the end of the story.  What God has done in Jesus of Nazareth is a never-ending story, a story that keeps adding chapters even when we may think that there is nothing more to be said or done. Failure isn’t an option because God’s love made known to us and to the world in Jesus will not let us go.  ‘Come on,’ Jesus says, ‘I know that fishing on the left hasn’t worked.  Try the right.  You’ll be surprised by the results.’
            However we first came into contact with Jesus of Nazareth, whenever we met God in this mysterious figure, whomever God used as the agent of our encounter, you and I have been well and truly caught.  Just like fish caught in a net will struggle to free themselves and some will even succeed, so we’ve been caught in a net woven by God’s love, cast into the sea of this world by the guidance of the Spirit and brought on board to share in God’s mission begun in creation, continued in Jesus and directed to the future.
            Our ministry is to bring others into a life-giving, life-affirming, life-renewing relationship with God.  We bring others into such a relationship not by threats or intimidation but by our obedient imitation of Christ’s love and care for others.  It is a persuasive ministry where our actions do speak far more effectively than our words.  It is a life-long ministry that often leads us in directions we never thought we would go. It is a risky ministry that brings us face to face with answering the same question that Jesus asked Simon Peter three times:  “Do you love me?”
            My friends, this is not an easy time to be a disciple of Jesus, especially if we belong to a tradition such as ours, rich in history, rich in spiritual treasures, rich in commitment to the needs and concerns of the world but feeling that our nets keep coming up empty.  It is tempting to give in to discouragement from time to time.  Some of us may even feel like we’re watching the credits at the end of a film.  And then along comes Jesus, surprising us as we’re getting our coats ready to leave and trying to find a trash can for our popcorn container.  ‘Come,’ he says, ‘come and follow me.  Let’s try something new and fish on the other side of the boat.’ 
            Let’s dare to share our faith with someone else and not worry about what they might think of us.  Let’s dare to imagine where we as a Parish are going to be in one year’s time, two years’ time, three years’ time and be hopeful.  Let’s remember that God has called us ‘ . . . to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths yet untrodden, through perils unknown . . . [and to go out in faith and good courage] not knowing where we go, but only that [God’s] hand is leading us and [Christ’s] love [is supporting us].’ [1]  After all, the story isn’t over and there are many more sequels to come.


[1]Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 317.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Proper Prayers for Easter 3C (5 May 2019)

Propers for the Third Sunday of Easter (RCL Easter 3C)

Acts 9.1-6; Psalm 30; Revelation 5.11-14; John 21.1-19

Collect of the Day


O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread.  Open the eyes of our faith, so that we may see him in his redeeming work, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.  [1]
or
Eternal and all-merciful God, with all the angels and all the saints we laud your majesty and might. By the resurrection of your Son, show yourself to us and inspire us to follow Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.  [2]
or
Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:  strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God, who raises the dead to life. Amen.  [3]
or
God of the new fire and feasting at daybreak:  come to us in the dullness of routine and the pain of betrayal; call to us in the way of the cross and the joy of resurrection; through Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Amen.  [3]
or
God of life, in your risen Son you reveal your abiding presence among us and summon those reborn in baptism to lives of worship and service.  Fill this assembly with reverence as we come before you in prayer. Grant us courage and zeal in bearing witness before the world to your Son, Jesus Christ, the first-born from the dead, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.  Amen.  [4]
or
God of victory over death, your Son revealed himself again and again, and convinced his followers of his glorious resurrection.  Grant that we may know his risen presence, in love obediently feed his sheep, and care for the lambs of his flock, until we join the hosts of heaven in worshippingyou and praising him who is worthy of blessing and honour, glory and power, for ever and ever.  Amen.  [6]

Prayer over the Gifts


Creator of all, you wash away our sins in water, you give us new birth by the Spirit, and redeem us in the blood of Christ.  As we celebrate the resurrection, renew your gift of life within us.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord. Amen.  [1]
or
Blessed are you, O God, ruler of heaven and earth.  Day by day you shower us with blessings.  As you have raised us to new life in Christ, give us glad and generous hearts, ready to praise you and to respond to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Saviourand Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Proper Preface of Easter


Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true paschal lamb who has taken away the sin of the world.  By his death he destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he was won for us eternal life.  Therefore, joining our voices with the hole company of heaven, we sing our joyful hymn of praise to proclaim the glory of your name.  [1]
or
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, for the glorious resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ, the true Paschal Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who in dying has destroyed death, and in rising has brought us to eternal life.  And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:  [2a]

Prayer after Communion


Author of life divine, in the breaking of bread we know the risen Lord.  Feed us always in these mysteries, so that we may show your glory to all the world.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [1]
or
Life-giving God, in the mystery of Christ’s resurrection you send light to conquer darkness, water to give new life, and the bread of life to nourish your people.  Send us forth as witnesses to your Son’s resurrection, so that we may show your glory to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Easter Blessings


I
May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing.  Amen. 

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for ever.  Amen. 

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance.  Amen. 

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.  Amen.   [7]

II
The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7]

 

Sources


[1]       The Book of Alternative Services 1985
[2]       Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006
[2a]     Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition 2006
[3]       Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion 2016
[4]       Opening Prayers:  Collects in Contemporary Language 1997, 1999, 2001
[5]       Prayers for an Inclusive Church 2009
[6]       Revised Common Lectionary Prayers 2002
[7]       The Book of Occasional Services2018

N.B.  When a word or phrase appears is italicized in a liturgical text, it is an alteration made by the Ven. Richard Geoffrey Leggett to the original text.

A Sermon by Tasha Carrothers on John 20.19-31

Dear Friends,

Today our Honourary Assistant Curate, Tasha Carrothers, preached on the Gospel of John.  Here's a link to an audio recording of her sermon.

Click here to listen to Tasha's sermon as preached at the 10.00 a.m. Eucharist.

Blessings,

Richard +
Vicar

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Proper Prayers for Easter 2C (28 April 2019)

Propers for the Second Sunday of Easter (RCL Easter 2C)

Acts 5.27-32; Psalm 118.14-29 or Psalm 150; Revelation 1.4-8; John 20.19-31

Collect of the Day


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 Christ’s blessing, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. [1]
or
O God of life, you reach out to us amid our fears with the wounded hands of your risen Son.  By your Spirit’s breath revive our faith in your mercy, and strengthen us to be the body of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.  [2]
or
Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:  open the doors of our hearts, so that we may seek the good of others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God, the Source of all life.  Amen.  [3]
or
O God, our beginning and our end:  accept our doubts, heal our desire for certainty and, by your Spirit’s gentle touch, make us a people forgiven and forgiving; through Jesus Christ, the Giver of Peace.  Amen.  [3]
or
God of life, source of all faith, through the waters of baptism you have raised us up in Jesus and given us life that endures.  Day by day refine our faith, so thatwe who have not seen the Christ may truly confess him as our Lord and God, and share the blessedness of those who believe.  Grant this through Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.  Amen. [4]
or
Alpha and Omega, our beginning and our end, you break through the locks of gated communities and hardened hearts:  accept our doubts, heal our desire for certainty and, by your Spirit’s gentle touch, make us a people forgiven and forgiving; through Jesus Christ, the Giver of Peace.  Amen.  [5]
or
O God, you raised up Jesus Christ as your faithful witness and the first-born of the dead.  By your Holy Spirit, help us to witness to him so that those who have not yet seen may come to believe in him who is, and was, and is to come, for we pray in his name.  Amen.  [6]

Prayer over the Gifts


God of grace, you have freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Accept all we offer you this day, and strengthen us in the new life you have given us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  [1]
or
Blessed are you, O God, ruler of heaven and earth.  Day by day you shower us with blessings.  As you have raised us to new life in Christ, give us glad and generous hearts, ready to praise you and to respond to those in need, through Jesus Christ, our Saviourand Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Proper Preface of Easter


Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true paschal lamb who has taken away the sin of the world.  By his death he destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he was won for us eternal life.  Therefore, joining our voices with the hole company of heaven, we sing our joyful hymn of praise to proclaim the glory of your name.  [1]
or
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, for the glorious resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ, the true Paschal Lamb who gave himself to take away our sin, who in dying has destroyed death, and in rising has brought us to eternal life.  And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter and all the witnesses of the resurrection, with earth and sea and all their creatures, and with angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:  [2a]

Prayer after Communion


Father, we have seen with our eyes and touched with our hands the bread of life.  Strengthen our faith so that we may grow in love for you and for each other; through Jesus Christ the risen Lord.  Amen.  [1]
or
Life-giving God, in the mystery of Christ’s resurrection you send light to conquer darkness, water to give new life, and the bread of life to nourish your people.  Send us forth as witnesses to your Son’s resurrection, so that we may show your glory to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Easter Blessings


I
May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing.  Amen. 

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for ever.  Amen. 

May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance.  Amen. 

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.  Amen.   [7]

II
The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7]

 

Sources


[1]       The Book of Alternative Services 1985
[2]       Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006
[2a]     Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition 2006
[3]      Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion 2016
[4]       Opening Prayers:  Collects in Contemporary Language 1997, 1999, 2001
[5]       Prayers for an Inclusive Church 2009
[6]       Revised Common Lectionary Prayers 2002
[7]       The Book of Occasional Services 2018

N.B.  When a word or phrase appears is italicized in a liturgical text, it is an alteration made by the Ven. Richard Geoffrey Leggett to the original text.