WORSHIP@HOME

April 18, 2021 • 3rd Sunday of Easter

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 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.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 1: Today we hear another story about Jesus coming to meet his friends who were surprised and afraid after he rose from the dead. 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: Then the disciples from Emmaus told what happened on the road
and how they knew he was the Lord when he broke the bread.
While Jesus' disciples were talking about what had happened, Jesus appeared and greeted them.
They were frightened and terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost.
But Jesus said, “Why are you so frightened? Why do you doubt?
Look at my hands and my feet and see who I am!
Touch me and find out for yourselves.
Ghosts don’t have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
After Jesus said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
The disciples were so glad and amazed that they could not believe it.
Jesus then asked them, “Do you have something to eat?”
They gave him a piece of baked fish.
He took it and ate it as they watched.
Jesus said to them, “While I was still with you,
I told you that everything written about me in the Law of Moses,
the Books of the Prophets, and in the Psalms had to happen.”
Then he helped them understand the Scriptures.
He told them:
The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer,
then three days later he will rise from death.
They also say that all people of every nation
must be told in my name to turn to God, in order to be forgiven.
So beginning in Jerusalem, you must tell everything that has happened.

Reader 1: The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,
and how Jesus was made known to them
in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have.”
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.
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
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.”

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Illustration

Gospel Video Reflection

Reflection on the Readings

General Intercessions

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

Reader 2: We pray in memory of all those who have died of the coronavirus in the past year,
and for all their loved ones who still miss them, that they may be comforted,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray in thanksgiving for all those who have worked so hard to keep people safe during the pandemic
and for the gift of the vaccines that are promising a light at the end of this long tunnel,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For those who are worried, lonely, or scared now,
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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