Worship at Home - 26th April 2020

26th April 2020, 10:30am
Psalm 116:1-5, 12-19 & Luke 24:13-35

This short act of worship has been prepared for you to use while we are unable to attend church.  Pause to settle yourself in God’s presence, knowing that other people are sharing in worship with you.

Opening Prayer

As you come to worship you might like to picture a road that you know really well.  Is it straight or twisted?  Is it smooth or uneven?  Is it busy or quiet?  Who else uses it?  Who have you walked the road with?  Hold the picture in your mind while you pray…

Loving God, for the times I have seen you journeying with me, I am thankful.

Gracious God, for the times I have seen others journeying with you, I am humbled.

Holy God, for the times I have not recognised your journeying with me, I am sorry.

Forgiving God, thank you for the assurance that you will continue to journey with me.

Living God, in my journey this week help me to see glimpses of your good news so that my heart burns within me.  Amen.

From your Bible, read Psalm 116 v 1-5

I know that my Redeemer lives (StF 303):

I know that my Redeemer lives;
what joy the blest assurance gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my everlasting Head.

He lives, to bless me with His love,
He lives, to plead for me above,
He lives, my hungry soul to feed,
He lives, to help in time of need.

He lives, and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives, my mansion to prepare;
He lives, to bring me safely there.

He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

Read from Luke 24:13-35

Phil writes to us…

Hello, it’s good to be sharing with you in this Easter season of resurrection.  Before Easter some of us were following a course exploring how scripture can cause our hearts to burn within us. On Good Friday we saw how Jesus’ death on the cross fulfilled Abraham’s telling Isaac that “God would provide the lamb for the sacrifice”.  Someone who watched the video realised how much Jesus fulfilled from the Old Testament told me, “This Jesus business is better than Netflix!”

The whole thing about our “hearts burning within” came from the time when the risen Jesus met two disciples on the Emmaus Road.  The disciples had wonderful experiences and high hopes in their time with Jesus and then it just all seemed to fall apart.  How were they supposed to come to terms with all that happened?!  Scared and down-hearted, these two were headed home, maybe because, on top of all that, talk of Jesus being alive was just too much.

Unrecognised, Jesus walked with them and explained how the Messiah suffering and dying was all part of God’s plan foretold in the scriptures, as was his rising from the dead.  Maybe they had to use “heart-burn” as a description because Netflix hadn’t been invented yet… or perhaps it was just their way of trying to describe the amazing uplifting inspiration that this stranger had brought them in time of deep grief and confusion.

Then they arrived home and invited the stranger in, and He took over, gave thanks, and began breaking the bread like Jesus always did when they were eating! (not a communion, no wine, Jesus left half-way through) AND… like people had often remarked at the authority of Jesus’ teaching, they had been in the presence of the living Word of God, sharing the written word of God with them again – no wonder it was intense, inspiring, uplifting and deeply moving!  Of course! It was Jesus!  Of course!

This changes everything!  They had to tell the others… NOW!  Oh the joy, the excitement, the peace and the assurance of being with Jesus, knowing Jesus!  In these days when we are particularly surrounded by uncertainty, isolation and temptation to be scared and down-hearted, let us seek the comfort and strength, the inspiration of His living active word and all the more to dwell in the presence of the risen Jesus… who suffered and died for our forgiveness and was raised to life to take all those who trust in Him on into eternity, into adventure and fulfilment the like of which is beyond our wildest, most wonderful dreams!

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (StF 322);(selected verses):

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest.

Dear Name! the Rock on which I build,
My Shield and Hiding Place,
My never-failing Treas’ry filled
With boundless stores of grace!

Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,
My Prophet, Priest, and King;
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.

Prayers of Intercessions

Faithful God, you are present in all aspects of life even when people don’t see it. 
We call on you today to send your Spirit to bring comfort and peace to all who find their path ahead difficult.

We pray for your church and all those seeking ways to be church in these times…

May they recognize your living presence.

We pray for the world and all those seeking to offer leadership in the midst of uncertainty.

May they recognize your living presence.

We pray for all those who suffer at this time in body, mind or spirit.

May they recognize your living presence.

We pray for all who are bereaved whether through the loss of loved ones or the loss of human contact.

May they recognize your living presence.

Merciful God, accept these our prayers today in and through the name of the living Christ. 

May we too recognize your living presence in the week ahead and trust in you for all that is to come.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father ……

Hymn: Thine be the glory: (StF 313)

Thine be the glory,
risen conquering Son,
endless is the victory
thou o’er death hast won

Lo Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us,
scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness
hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth,
death hath lost its sting

OR My Redeemer Lives (Hillsong)

A Prayer of Blessing –
adapted from a traditional Celtic prayer

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
The sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the presence of Christ
Wherever you are on the road.

 

Message and order of service compiled by Rev’d Phil Snelson. Prayers from Singing the Faith Plus worship at home resource.
Original Materials by Rev’d Lorna Valentine, North Bedfordshire Circuit