Third Sunday of Easter (May 4, 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 “God of new life” you are invited to respond


  1.  Made alive in Christ and sustained by His Spirit, let us pray for the church, the world, and all of God’s creation.

             A brief silence.

  1. We pray for the church that reborn as children of God, we would recognize Christ’s presence moving within and among us.   At this time, we pray in particular for our neighboring faith communities; for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, for Peace Lutheran Church in Vernon and their pastor, Richard Schulz; and for St Peter Estonian Lutheran Church in Vancouver and the pastors and leaders who provide ministry to their people and to their community.  Continue to bless all here and abroad who share the gospel in the language of their people.

God of new life:  HEAR OUR PRAYER:  ALLELUIA.


  1. We pray for the newly baptized and the newly born again that they daily discover Christ walking before, beside, and behind them wherever their paths may lead.

God of new life:  HEAR OUR PRAYER:  ALLELUIA.


  1. We pray for the world and those who govern, that when blinded by fear and mistrust, their eyes are opened to ways of freedom and reconciliation.

God of new life:  HEAR OUR PRAYER:  ALLELUIA.


  1. We pray for those in need; those who are homeless, lost, bereaved, orphaned, and those who are in pain or unwell.  We pray in particular for those we name aloud or quietly at this time…


Sustain all with your presence and in this coming week with our caring ministry.

God of new life:  HEAR OUR PRAYER:  ALLELUIA.


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

– we thank you for the times you have surprised us with your revealing presence;

– 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 the mystery of your presence in our daily life.

God of new life:  HEAR OUR PRAYER:  ALLELUIA.


  1. We pray for creation, that being astounded at the earth’s goodness, we work daily to protect the precious gift you have given us.

God of new life:  HEAR OUR PRAYER:  ALLELUIA.


  1. We give thanks for the saints and our memories of them.  Though we see dimly in this life, we look for Christ’s promised glory yet to be revealed.

God of new life:  HEAR OUR PRAYER:  ALLELUIA.


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



Acts 2:14a, 36-47

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.
36Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah,* this Jesus whom you crucified.’

The First Converts

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers,* what should we do?’ 38Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Life among the Believers

Luke 24:13-35

The Walk to Emmaus

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles* from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us* while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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