The Third Sunday of Easter, 26 April 2020 – Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-21, Through Christ you have come to trust in God.

The Third Sunday of Easter, 26 April 2020 

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

O God of mystery, out of death you delivered Christ Jesus,
and he walked in hidden glory with his disciples.

Stir up our faith, that our hearts may burn within us at the sound of his word
and our eyes be opened to recognize him in the breaking of the bread.

Grant this through Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you now and always
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Walk With Me” – Kim Walker – Jesus Culture (Passion 2013)

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A Reading from the Gospels: Luke 24:13-35 (NLT)

The Walk to Emmaus

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.
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Psalm 16 (Fullness of Joy) Shane & Shane

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Prayers of Intercession:

O Lord our God, you show us the path of life: support us by your presence and help us every step of the way, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • You alone, O God, are our inheritance, every good thing we have comes from you….
  • Keep safe all who come to you for refuge, O God, that we may find our rest in you….
  • Comfort us during our anxious nights, O God, with your presence close beside us….
  • Cover our homes and families during this pandemic, O God, with the blood of Jesus….
  • Provide sustenance, O God, for all those who have lost their jobs and livelihoods….
  • Turn our hearts from sadness, O God, to joy-filled faith and hope through our risen Lord….

O Lord our God, you show us the path of life: support us by your presence and help us every step of the way, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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A Reading from the Epistles: 1 Peter 1:17-21 (NLT)

And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.
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rust In You – Lauren Daigle

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Closing: 1 Peter 3:8-9 (NLT)

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Wednesday of Easter Week, 15 April 2020 – Luke 24:13-35, Acts 3:1-10, Psalm 105 ~ their eyes were opened, and they recognized him

Wednesday of Easter Week, 15 April 2020

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in the fullness of his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus Christ,
our hope, our light, and our salvation.

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A Reading from the Gospels: Luke 24:13-35 (NLT)

The Walk to Emmaus

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.
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Acts 3:1-10 (NLT)

Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar

Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.

Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened.He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded!
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Psalm 105 (Unto the Lord Lift Thankful Voices) – Psalm Choir, Protestant Reformed Churches in America.

Unto the Lord lift thankful voices, come, worship while your soul rejoices;
make known His doings far and near that peoples all His name may fear,
and tell, in many joyful lay, of all His wonders day by day.

Seek ye Jehovah and His power, seek ye His presence every hour.
His works so marvelous and great, remember still and meditate
upon the wonders of His hands, the judgments which His mouth commands.

The Lord His covenant people planted in lands of nations which He granted,
that they His statutes might observe, nor from His laws might ever swerve.
Let songs of praise to Him ascend, and hallelujahs without end.
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Closing: (NLT) – Psalm 105:1-2 (NLT)

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done.
Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

3rd Sunday of Easter, 30 Apr – Luke 24:13-35 ~ teach me and correct me

Third Sunday of Easter

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus, send your Spirit to help me read the Scriptures with the same mind that you read them to the disciples on the way to Emmaus.

In the light of God’s written Word, you helped them to discover the presence of God in the disturbing events of your sentence and death. And so, the cross that seemed to be the end of all hope became for them the source of life and of resurrection.

Create in me a silence that I too may listen to your voice in the Scriptures and make sense of the world around me. Awaken me to the power and force of your resurrection that I may witness first-hand that you are alive and present among us today.

I ask this of you, who lives and reigns with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen
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“His Name” – Urban Rescue


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Reading: Luke 24:13-35 (NLT)

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.
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Reflection & Prayer:

On this Third Sunday of Easter, I declare:

Christ is risen from the dead!
He has brought us victory over sin and death!
Alleluia!

Gracious God: Thank you for pursuing me and walking with me at times when I least expect it.

+ You alone can satisfy the hungers of my heart; you have the words of eternal life.

+ You revealed yourself through the Scriptures; teach me what is true and make me realize what is wrong in my life. Correct me when I am wrong and teach me to do what is right.

+ You passed on the Good News of Easter through trustworthy witnesses; keep me faithful to these truths, and give me the saving wisdom that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.

+ You revealed your presence in the breaking of the bread; open my eyes today that I may recognize your presence in Holy Communion.

Gracious God: Every day that I walk with you is a life-changing adventure. Give me the opportunity to tell others what I have seen and heard. And prepare the hearts of those who listen to receive all that you have for them. I ask this through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
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“Our Story” – Urban Rescue


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Concluding Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ: thank you for the Word that has enabled me to better understand the will of the Father. May your Spirit enlighten my actions and grant me the strength to practice what your Word has revealed to me. To the glory of your name – you who lives and reigns with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Wednesday of Easter Week, 19 Apr – Luke 24:13-35 ~ walk with me

Wednesday of Easter Week

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

God our Father, you are a God not of the dead nor of those paralyzed by their fears and limitations but the God of the living. Raise us up and make us walk forward in joy and hope as companions on the road of him whom you raised from the dead, Jesus Christ, our risen Lord for ever.
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Reading: Luke 24:13-35 (NLT)

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

road-to-emmaus-lelio_orsi.jpg

He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.

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Reflection & Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ: walk with me – especially when I’m feeling hopeless and fearful, lacking in faith. Lord, I need you to walk with me.

+ I need your presence, Lord, when things go terribly wrong, my hopes dashed on the rocks of despair, and my natural inclination is to run away.
+ I need your presence, Lord, when events and circumstances overwhelm me, challenging my world view, and I don’t know what to do or how to respond.
+ I need your presence, Lord, to open your Word for me, to give me wisdom and understanding, and to remind me of all I have learned since childhood.
+ I need your presence, Lord, to return to the fray with courage and conviction that you rule over all of human history and in the end – you win.

Lord Jesus Christ: walk with me, be my companion along the way. And use me to introduce others to you that they too might find peace and rest for their souls – in you, the Savior of the world.

Soli Deo gloria!
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“Walk with Me” – Jesus Culture (Kim Walker-Smith)


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Concluding Prayer

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. – Psalm 105:1-2 (NLT)

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!