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St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Cobourg

Worship for the Third Sunday of Easter

April 18, 2021

OPENING MUSIC

WORDS OF GREETING

INVITATION TO WORSHIP

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Praise the God of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He gave us new life and hope by raising Jesus from the dead.

Rejoice, then, even in your distress.

We shall be counted worthy when Christ appears.

God has claimed us as his own.

God called us from our darkness into the light of his day.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

O come, let us worship.

GOD’S WORD FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

THE PSALM

(Psalm 4)
Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress.

Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame?

How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?

But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.

When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent.

Offer right sacrifices and put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!

Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”

You have put gladness in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

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GOSPEL INTRODUCTION

THE HOLY GOSPEL

Luke.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch

me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

HYMN

COMMON PRAISE 442 (tune: St. Petersburg)

GREAT GOD, YOUR LOVE HAS CALLED US HERE

Great God, your love has called us here as we, by love, for love were made. Your living likeness still we bear, though marred, dishonored, disobeyed. We come, with all our heart and mind, your call to hear, your love to find.

We come with self-inflicted pains of broken trust and chosen wrong; half-free, half-bound by inner chains; by social forces swept along,
by powers and systems close confined; yet seeking hope for humankind.

Great God, in Christ you call our name and then receive us as your own not through some merit, right, or claim, but by your gracious love alone. We strain to glimpse your mercy seat and find you kneeling at our feet.

Then take the towel, and break the bread and humble us, and call us friends.

Suffer and serve till all are fed, and show how grandly love intends to work till all creation sings, to fill all worlds, to crown all things.

Great God, in Christ you set us free, your life to live, your joy to share. Give your Spirit’s liberty to turn from guilt and dull despair
and offer all that faith can do while love is making all things new.

PROCLAIMING OUR FAITH

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Glory: all creation worships you.

A reading from the Gospel of (24:36b-48)

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To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. The company of apostles praise you.
The fellowship of prophets praise you.
The host of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Eternal Glory, of majesty unbounded,
Incarnate Word, worthy of all adoration
and Abiding Spirit, advocate and guide.

OUR PRAYERS

In joy and hope let us pray to the source of all life, saying, “Hear us, Lord of glory!”

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his holy and life-giving resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That isolated and persecuted churches may find fresh strength in the Easter gospel, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That God may grant us humility to be subject to one another in Christian love, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That God may provide for those who lack food, work, or shelter, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That by God’s power wars and famine may cease through all the earth, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

That God may reveal the light of his presence to the sick, the weak, and the dying, that they may be comforted and strengthened, let us pray to the Lord.
Hear us, Lord of glory!
That God may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people,

that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.

Hear us, Lord of glory!

THE PRAYER FOR ST. PETER’S, COBOURG

Let us pray. Gracious God,

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we pray for this our parish church of St. Peter.
We thank you for the richness of our history and all those who have served you through the years.
We thank you also for the future into which you are calling us.
Give us faith to go forward with good courage into that future, not knowing where

we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE PRAYER OF THE DAY

(Adapted from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship – 2006)

Lord of life and love, blessed are you.

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 the Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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REFLECTION

THE PEACE OF THE CHRIST OF GOD

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Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Jesus the Christ stands in our midst, saying, “Peace be with you.”

The peace of the Christ surrounds and infuses us.

We are called to bring the peace of the Christ into our world.

And so we now share the peace of the Christ with each other

and we will share Christ’s peace with all those we meet.

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PRAYING AS JESUS TAUGHT

Let us pray. (Silence is kept.)
Loving God, slow to anger and of great mercy, lover of all peoples of the earth;
Hallowed be your Name.
Remind us that all the nations are as nothing before you, their governments but a shadow of passing age; Your kingdom come on earth.
Grant to your children throughout the world, and especially to the leaders of the nations,
the gift of prayerful thought and thoughtful prayer;
that following the example of our Lord, we may discern what is right, and do it;
Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Help us to protect and to provide for all
who are hungry, homeless, isolated, lonely, vulnerable, racialize and outcast;
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us for neglecting to seek peace and pursue it and,
finding ourselves in each new crisis, more ready to make war than to make peace.
We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves; Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Let us not seek revenge, but reconciliation;
let us not delight in victory, but in justice; let us not give ourselves up to pride, but to prayer;
Save us from the time of trial.
Be present to all your children ravaged by war:
be present to those who are killing and to those who are being killed;
be present to the loved ones of those who are killing and to the loved ones of those who are being killed; Deliver us from evil.
Subdue our selfish desires to possess and to dominate, and prohibit arrogance in victory;
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

THE BLESSING

God, Eternal Glory, who raised the Christ from the dead, continually shows us loving kindness.

Amen. Alleluia!

God, the Incarnate Word, victor over sin and death, grants us a share in the joy of the resurrection.

Amen. Alleluia!

God, Abiding Spirit, giver of light and peace, renews our hearts in love.

Amen. Alleluia!

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GOING INTO THE WORLD

Alleluia!
Go into the world in the peace of the risen Christ.
We go into the world in the peace of the risen Christ to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia!

CLOSING MUSIC