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Readings & Prayers for April 9th-15th, 2018

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READINGS & PRAYERS

Jesus is Risen! This week continues in the season of Eastertide. Easter is about Jesus’ resurrection. We celebrate his rising from the dead and his triumph over sin, death and hell!

Monday  Psalm 13 | Exodus 14.21-31 | 1 Peter 1.1-12 | John 14.1-17

Almighty and ever-living God, your Spirit made us your children, confident to call you Father. Increase your Spirit of love within us and bring us to our promised inheritance.

Tuesday Psalm 14 | Exodus 15.1-21 | 1 Peter 1.13-25 | John 14.18-31

All-powerful God, help us to proclaim the power of the Lord’s resurrection. May we who accept this sign of love of Christ come to share the eternal life he reveals, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Wednesday Psalm 15 | Exodus 15.22-16.10 | 1 Peter 2.1-10 | John 15.1-11

God of mercy, you have filled us with the hope of resurrection by restoring man to his original dignity. May we who relive this mystery each year come to share it in perpetual love.

Thursday Psalm 16 | Exodus 16.10-21 | 1 Peter 2.11-3.12 | John 15.12-27

Lord Jesus, uphold those who hope in you, and give us your counsel, so that we may know the joy of your resurrection and share the pleasures of the saints at your right hand.

Friday Psalm 17 | Exodus 16.22-36 | 1 Peter 3.13-4.6 | John 16.1-15

Eternal Father, you gave us the Easter mystery as our covenant of reconciliation. May the new birth we celebrate show its effects in the way we live.

Saturday Psalm 18 | Exodus 17.1-16 | 1 Peter 4.7-19 | John 16.16-33

God our Father, look upon us with love. You redeem us and make us your children in Christ. Give us true freedom and bring us the inheritance you promised.

Sunday Psalm 19 | Exodus 18.1-12 | 1 John 2.7-17 | John 20.11-18

God our Father, may we look forward with hope to our resurrection, for you have made us your sons and daughters, and restored the joy of our youth.


*These readings and prayers are collected & adapted from For All the Saints: A Prayer Book For and By the Church


NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q32: What do justification and sanctification mean?

A: Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Death is swallowed up forever!

Alleluia! Let us be glad and rejoice!

Let every tear be wiped away!

Alleluia! Let us be glad and rejoice!

Jesus Christ is our salvation, and He is risen from the dead!

This is our God: the Risen Son!

We have waited for the Lord, and Christ Jesus has saved us! Alleluia! Amen!

(based on Isaiah 25 & 1 Corinthians 15)

CONFESSION OF SINS

God of the empty tomb, you have not abandoned your Son,

neither have you allowed his body to experience corruption and decay,

but your Holy Spirit has raised him from the dead.

Yet we, his body, fail and falter when it comes to trusting the good news

and performing your perfect will.

Lift us out of our fears and worries. Heal us by his holy wounds.

Guide us back out onto the road with the message that you are the eternal God:

suffering, forgiving, risen, and gracious.


WORDS OF ASSURANCE

Jesus himself was sent by God to preach peace, to be raised in glory from death, to judge the living and the dead. His peace is available to all people in every land and nation, for God shows no partiality. All the prophets testify about Jesus that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. Beloved friends, trust the Lord! Do what is right! Believe in Jesus Christ, and know that you are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!

CLOSING SCRIPTURE
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1.3-5)

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