WORSHIP@HOME

May 2, 2021 • 5th Sunday of Easter

Preparation

Just Before You Begin

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Opening Song

Blessed are the poor in spirit
Longing for their Lord
For God's coming kingdom shall be theirs
Blessed are the sorrowing
For they shall be consoled
And the meek shall come to rule the world

Lead me, Lord, lead me, Lord
By the light of truth
To seek and to find the narrow way
Be my way, be my truth
Be my life, my Lord
And lead me, Lord, today

Blessed are the merciful, for mercy shall be theirs
And the pure in heart shall see their God
Blest are they whose hunger only holiness can fill
For I say they shall be satisfied

Lead me, Lord, lead me, Lord
By the light of truth
To seek and to find the narrow way
Be my way, be my truth
Be my life, my Lord
And lead me, Lord, today
And lead me, Lord, today

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 now to remind ourselves that this is still the season of Easter
and God invites us to look around and notice how new life comes out of death.
Together with all people of faith around the world,
let us join in prayer as we listen to God’s Word.

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: Good and gracious God,
through Jesus’ resurrection you have promised that suffering and death will never have the final word.
Hear us as we ask your blessing for all those who are living in fear, sadness, anxiety, or any kind of darkness.
Help them to know that life will come out of this time of suffering.
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 Jesus compare himself to a grapevine. Listen for what he compares us to. 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: I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts away every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit.
But he trims clean every branch that does produce fruit,
so that it will produce even more fruit.
You are already clean because of what I have said to you.
Stay joined to me, and I will stay joined to you.
Just as a branch cannot produce fruit unless it stays joined to the vine,
you cannot produce fruit unless you stay joined to me.
I am the vine, and you are the branches.
If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit.
But you cannot do anything without me.
If you don’t stay joined to me, you will be thrown away.
You will be like dry branches that are gathered up and burned in a fire.
Stay joined to me and let my teachings become part of you.
Then you can pray for whatever you want, and your prayer will be answered.
When you become fruitful disciples of mine, my Father will be honored.

Reader 1: Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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 for our country as we continue to learn how to work for safety, healing, and justice for all,
especially those who have been discriminated against
because of the color of their skin, their race, their language, or their religion,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for those who are hungry, who don’t have a safe or clean place to live,
and those who are lonely with no one to help them.
Open our eyes, God, to see how we are called to serve them,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for all children and students who have to learn new ways to learn this year:
some at home, some at school with new rules, and some in a combination of both.
May God lead all teachers and administrators to make the best decisions possible for their students.
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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