WORSHIP@HOME

May 10, 2020 • 5th Sunday of Easter
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Preparation

Just Before You Begin

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Opening Song

Greeting

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 our Easter celebration,
remembering that Jesus has prepared a place for us when this life is over.
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,
Look upon us with love and fill our hearts with joy
as we seek you and follow the way of your Son.
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.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 1: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We can only fully know God, the Father, when we know Jesus. 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 John.

Reader 1: Jesus said to his disciples, “Don’t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I wouldn’t tell you this, unless it was true.
I am going there to prepare a place for each of you.
After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together.
You know the way to where I am going.”
Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t even know where you are going! How can we know the way?” “I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered.
“Without me, no one can go to the Father.
If you had known me, you would have known the Father.
But from now on, you do know him, and you have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need.” Jesus replied:
"Philip, I have been with you for a long time. Don’t you know who I am?
If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. How can you ask me to show you the Father?
Don’t you believe that I am one with the Father and that the Father is one with me?
What I say isn’t said on my own. The Father who lives in me does these things.
"Have faith in me when I say that the Father is one with me and that I am one with the Father.
Or else have faith in me simply because of the things I do.
I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same things that I am doing.
You will do even greater things, now that I am going back to the Father."

Jesus: Don’t worry. Have faith in the Father and in me.
There is room for many in my Father’s house.
That is why I said I will go and get a room ready for you.
Then I will come back and take you there so we can be together. You know the way already.

Thomas: Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way!

Jesus: I am the way and the truth and the life. Without me you cannot go to the Father.
If you knew me, you would know the Father.
But now you do know the Father and you have seen him.

Philip: Lord, show us the Father and that will be all that we need.

Jesus: You have been with me all this time. Don’t you know who I am?
When you see me, you see the Father.
Why do you ask me to show the Father to you?
Don’t you know that I am part of the Father and he is part of me? We are one.
What I say doesn’t come from me, it comes from the Father.
If you have faith in me, you will do what I have been doing.
You will do even greater things than I, because I am going back to the Father.

Reader 1: Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him,
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, "I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.”

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Song Reflection

Leader: The beautiful song in the following video based on today's Gospel reading
was one of the last ones that Rich Mullins wrote before he unexpectedly died in a car accident.
He had recorded the song as a demo with a simple tape recorder.
After he died, his friends and bandmates added their voices and instruments to that recording to complete the song.
The result you hear begins with Rich's guitar and voice.

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

After the Service

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