Christ is alive! Let Christians Sing. The cross stands empty to the sky.
Brian Wren, 1968
Preparation for worship
Sit in a relaxed position. Take a slow, deep breath (or 2 or 3 or as many as needed) until you feel your body, mind, and soul begin to relax and rest in the Spirit. Take time to reflect as you move through this time of worship…
Opening Sentences 1 Corinthians 15: 1-2, 4
This is the good news by which we are saved: on the third day Jesus rose from the dead.
Brightness of God’s glory and exact image of God’s person, whom death could not conquer nor the tomb imprison, as you have shared our frailty in human flesh, help us to share your immortality in the Spirit. Let no shadow of the grave terrify us, and no fear of darkness turn our hearts from you. Reveal yourself to us this day and all our days, as the first and the last, the Living One, our immortal Savior and Lord. Amen.
Hymn of the Day
Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound (Presbyterian Hymnal #280.) Today’s music is provided by Celtic Women, 2009. Listen and pray along with this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsCp5LG_zNE
Reading of the Day Psalm 98
1 O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gotten him victory.
2 The Lord has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.
8 Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy
9 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
Prayers for self and others
Please pray today for those who are being affected by COVID 19, including Mark Sabala and Marcy Szeliga in their work as nurses, Becky’s friend Scott and his family, Debbi’s daughter Linda’s neighbors, Star Sims’ sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, all hospitalized with the virus, Mary Warwick from TWRC, and David Lewallen and Delphine Zarsky who have been exposed to the virus. Pray for workers and residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and homes for people with severe disabilities. As we hear of more friends who are directly affected, or who are working in high risk places, we will list them here. Use this time to lift your joys, concerns, and hopes to God.
Christ is risen! Do not be afraid.
Go and tell this good news to all.
Becky Downs, pastor of John Knox, started writing daily prayers for the congregation at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, to encourage the congregation in their faith during their time of separation from each other. The daily prayers were posted throughout the year. You might want to choose one a day to read, and modify the specific prayers for self and others to fit your life today.