April 26, 2020 • 3nd Sunday of Easter
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Just Before You Begin


Opening Song


Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
The response is: Blessed be God forever.

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family to continue the Easter celebration,
remembering how Jesus rose from the dead to be with us again.
One with all of our sisters and brothers throughout the world,
let us now listen to God's Word and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Sprinkling Rite

Leader: God has given us new birth by water and the Holy Spirit.
May we stay faithful to Jesus for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: Gracious God,
By raising Jesus from the dead you conquered death.
Hear us as we ask your blessing
for all those who are sick and suffering in our world today.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.




Reader 1: Today’s Gospel describes an event that happened shortly after Jesus’ resurrection. See if you can recognize Jesus in the story. We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of Luke.

Narrator: Two of Jesus’ disciples were walking to the village of Emmaus, which is about seven miles from Jerusalem. They did not yet understand all that was going on concerning Jesus.

First Disciple: I can’t believe what has happened these past few days.

Second Disciple: Last week Jesus came into Jerusalem on a donkey and all of Jerusalem cheered for him.

First Disciple: Then just a few days later he was crucified and we buried him. Now the tomb is empty. He is not there.

Narrator: A man meets the disciples and starts to walk with them.

Jesus: Why do you look so sad? Why are you so gloomy?

Second Disciple: Are you the only one from Jerusalem who has not heard what has happened?

Jesus: What do you mean?

First Disciple: Haven’t you heard what has happened to Jesus from Nazareth? He showed that he was a prophet by what he said and did. Then the chief priests had him arrested and he was sentenced to die on a cross. We were sure that he was the one who was sent to free Israel, but it has already been three days since he died.

Second Disciple: Some of the women with us went to the tomb this morning and found that Jesus’ body was not there. They told us that they saw angels who said that Jesus was alive. So some of our friends went there. They didn’t find Jesus either. Now we’re not sure what happened.

Jesus: Why can’t you understand? Don’t you remember what Moses and the prophets said? You must have known the Messiah would have to suffer before he was glorified. Let me explain it to you.

Narrator: As they all walked together to Emmaus, Jesus explained the scriptures to them.

First Disciple: Here we are. It is almost dark. Stay with us tonight.

Jesus: All right.

Narrator: Jesus and the two disciples entered the house and sat down for supper.

Jesus: Thank you Lord for this bread we are about to eat.

Narrator: As Jesus broke the bread and said the blessing, the disciples recognized him.

Second Disciple: It is the Lord, Jesus.

Narrator: When they said this, Jesus vanished from their sight.

First Disciple: I should have known. When we were walking with him and he explained the scriptures to us, I could tell it was Jesus in my heart.

Second Disciple: We must go back to Jerusalem and tell the others.

Narrator: The disciples traveled back to Jerusalem and spoke with other disciples.

First Disciple: Let us tell you what has happened to us. You will never believe it!

Third Disciple: Jesus is risen! It is true! Simon Peter saw him.

Second Disciple: We saw him, too, on our walk to Emmaus. He walked with us and explained the scriptures to us, but we didn’t recognize him until he blessed and broke the bread for us.

Reader 1: That same day two of Jesus' disciples were going to the village of Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.
As they were talking and thinking about what had happened, Jesus came near and started walking along beside them.
But they did not know who he was.
Jesus asked them, “What were you talking about as you walked along?” The two of them stood there looking sad and gloomy.
Then the one named Cleopas asked Jesus,
“Are you the only person from Jerusalem who didn’t know what was happening there these last few days?”
“What do you mean?” Jesus asked. They answered: Those things that happened to Jesus from Nazareth.
By what he did and said he showed that he was a powerful prophet, who pleased God and all the people.
Then the chief priests and our leaders had him arrested and sentenced to die on a cross.
We had hoped that he would be the one to set Israel free!
But it has already been three days since all this happened.
Some women in our group surprised us. They had gone to the tomb early in the morning, but did not find the body of Jesus.
They came back, saying that they had seen a vision of angels who told them that he is alive.
Some men from our group went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said. But they didn’t see Jesus either.
Then Jesus asked the two disciples, “Why can’t you understand? How can you be so slow to believe all that the prophets said?
Didn’t you know that the Messiah would have to suffer before he was given his glory?”
Jesus then explained everything written about himself in the Scriptures, beginning with the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets.
When the two of them came near the village where they were going, Jesus seemed to be going farther.
They begged him, “Stay with us! It’s already late, and the sun is going down.” So Jesus went into the house to stay with them.
After Jesus sat down to eat, he took some bread.
He blessed it and broke it. Then he gave it to them.
At once they knew who he was, but he disappeared.
They said to each other,
“When he talked with us along the road and explained the Scriptures to us, didn’t it warm our hearts?”
So they got right up and returned to Jerusalem.
The two disciples found the eleven apostles and the others gathered together.
And they learned from the group that the Lord was really alive and had appeared to Peter.
Then the disciples from Emmaus told what happened on the road and how they knew he was the Lord when he broke the bread.

Reader 1: That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video

Gospel Song Reflection

Before you play this reflective song about the Gospel story, review these three hand motions that are used throughout the song (and shown in the video):

  1. Road motion • Palms facing each other with thumbs up, about two feet apart, moving side-to side as if following a road. • We are reminded that Jesus is with us wherever we are and wherever we go.
  2. Jesus' hands • Hands open, touch left middle finger to right palm and right middle finger to left palm. • Last week we heard the story of when Jesus told Thomas to touch the holes in his hands where the nails had gone through his hands. We are reminded that Jesus loved us so much that he was willing to die.
  3. Climbing rope • Make fists and climb imaginary rope. • Even when we feel sad, stuck, or alone, God reaches out to us. It's like we are stuck at the bottom of a pit, but God drops a rope down that we can climb up and be closer to him.

Play the following video, singing along and following along with the motions.

Reflection on the Readings

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 2: For all those who are sick and their family members,
that they may know that God is with them
and they are not alone,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For everyone who is working to keep us safe,
keep us fed, and meet our needs,
that God will protect them and keep them safe,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For those who are unable to work at this time
or are struggling to make ends meet,
that God will provide their daily bread,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

All: Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: Christ is risen, alleluia, alleluia!

All: Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia!

Closing Song

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