Second Sunday of Easter (April 27, 2014)

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The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rev. Gerald Mitchinson.

(Congregation may be invited to be seated for prayer.)

With the prayer “Hear us O God” you are invited to respond

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

  1. Made alive to God in Christ Jesus, let us pray for the church, those in need and all of God’s creation.

 

A brief moment of silence and reflection

 

  1. O God, in Christ’s death and resurrection your church is given hope.  At this time, we pray in particular for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, for Oakridge Lutheran Church in Vancouver and their parish worker, Dorothy Chu; and for Redeemer Lutheran Church in Vancouver and their pastor, John Gram.   Continue to bless the ministries of your church with renewed life.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. God of welcome, you are present with this assembly as we worship.  Bless all those whom God has drawn to this community. Be with those who cannot be present this day.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. Ever living God, you give us the mystery of faith even in the midst of our doubts and our fears.  Help us to recognize your presence in our workplaces, our dwelling places, our church and throughout the world.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. Giver of peace, when you make your presence known, you do so by offering peace and hope.  Bring those blessings to peoples and nations ravaged by war, violence and natural disaster.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. Healing God, you breathe hope into rooms of despair.  Be with the sick, the lonely, the grieving and those in any need.  We pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart at this time.

 

Help us to be agents of healing in our daily ministries.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

7. God, you are the giver of life and renewed life;

; we thank you for sustaining us in our times of trial;

– we thank you for those celebrating significant events in their lives;

– for those who have known the gift of another birthday, another anniversary, or the

gift of new life;

–  finally, we thank you for those special blessings we name at this time….

 

Help us to recognize your empowering presence in our daily life and personal ministry.

Hear us, O God:   YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. Holy Creator, the earth receives your promise of new life: seeds die to bear fruit and plants decay to nourish the soil.  Restore all living things as you intend.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. God of life, with you all things are possible.  With the saints make us live in hope and see your presence through the eyes of faith.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. Receive our prayers, merciful God and dwell in us richly through Christ our life and our redeemer.  AMEN

1 Peter 1:3-9

A Living Hope

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice,* even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Although you have not seen* him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

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John 10:19-31

19 Again the Jews were divided because of these words. 20Many of them were saying, ‘He has a demon and is out of his mind. Why listen to him?’ 21Others were saying, ‘These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?’

Jesus Is Rejected by the Jews

22 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah,* tell us plainly.’ 25Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand.* 30The Father and I are one.’

 

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