GATHERING SONG
Jesu, tawa pano
Jesus, we are here (StF 27)
Jesu, tawa pano;
Jesu, tawa pano;
Jesu, tawa pano;
tawa pano, mu zita renyu.
Jesus, we are here
Jesus, we are here,
Jesus, we are here,
we are here for you.
Saviour, we are here,
Saviour, we are here,
Saviour, we are here,
we are here for you.
Master, we are here,
Master, we are here,
Master, we are here,
we are here for you.
Spirit, we are here,
Spirit, we are here,
Spirit, we are here,
we are here for you.
© Patrick Matsikenyiri, 1990
WELCOME
AND INTRODUCTION
TO THE SERVICE
HYMN
Praise with joy the world’s creator
(to tune, Praise my soul (StF 83, H&P 13))
Praise with joy the world’s Creator,
God of justice, love and peace,
source and end of human knowledge,
force of greatness without cease.
Celebrate the Maker’s glory power to rescue and release.
Praise the Son who feeds the hungry,
frees the captive, finds the lost,
heals the sick, upsets religion,
fearless both of fate and cost.
Celebrate Christ’s constant presence Friend and stranger, guest and host.
Praise the Spirit sent among us,
liberating truth from pride,
forging bonds where race or gender,
age or nation dare divide.
Celebrate the Spirit’s treasure foolishness none dare deride.
Praise the Maker, Son and Spirit,
one God in community,
calling Christians to embody
oneness and diversity.
Thus the world shall yet believe, when
shown Christ’s vibrant unity.
© 1987, WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland.
[email protected]; www.wgrg.co.uk. Reproduced by permission.
PRAYERS OF ADORATION, CONFESSION AND
THANKSGIVING
Creator God,
you have called us here:
We have come to worship you.
Jesus, our risen Lord and Saviour,
you invite us daily to follow you:
We want to live in your presence.
Holy Spirit, source of energy and life,
you lead us into the truth:
We call upon you to inspire our worship and
transform our lives.
Lord of love, as we draw near to you,
we become aware of our lack of love.
We confess that we do not love you with all our
heart, mind, soul and strength.
– Pause –
Lord, forgive us
and transform us.
We do not love our neighbour as you have told
us to do.
– Pause –
Lord, forgive us
and transform us.
We do not even love ourselves.
– Pause –
Lord, forgive us
and transform us.
Hear these words of truth and grace: Christ
Jesus died for you and rose again victorious.
God forgives you; God welcomes you;
God takes delight in you.
Thanks be to God!
Amen.
THE LORD’S PRAYER [a paraphrase]
Our heavenly Father,
like a Mother and a Father you love us
unconditionally.
We worship your name,
you are holy and worthy of all our praise.
Your kingdom come,
your realm of love, peace and wisdom be real,
here and now.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven,
help your children in the way of obedience,
that creation will be restored.
Give us today our daily bread,
grant us food for our bodies,
your word for our spirits
and your Son’s body and blood for our growth
in grace.
Forgive us our wrongdoing,
your generous grace is more than we deserve.
As we forgive those who have wronged us,
help us to reflect your mercy and to love our
enemies.
Do not bring us to a time of trial,
and protect those we love.
Rescue us from evil,
help us to fight for justice and good in the world.
Amen.
© Michaela Youngson from The Weaver, the Word and Wisdom (Inspire, 2007). Used with permission.
SONG
In the Lord I’ll ever be thankful (StF 776)
In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful,
in the Lord I will rejoice!
Look to God, do not be afraid;
lift up your voices, the Lord is near;
lift up your voices, the Lord is near.
© Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, 71250 Taizé, France. Used by permission.
READING
Genesis 18:1-10
SONG
In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful,
in the Lord I will rejoice!
Look to God, do not be afraid;
lift up your voices, the Lord is near;
lift up your voices, the Lord is near.
SONG
In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful,
in the Lord I will rejoice!
Look to God, do not be afraid;
lift up your voices, the Lord is near;
lift up your voices, the Lord is near.
HYMN
Let us build a house (StF 409)
Let us build a house where love can dwell
and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell
how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dream and visions,
rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.
Let us build a house where prophets speak,
and words are strong and true,
where all God’s children dare to seek
to dream God’s reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
and as symbol of God’s grace;
here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.
Let us build a house where love is found
in water, wine and wheat:
a banquet hall on holy ground,
where peace and justice meet.
Here the love of God, through Jesus,
is revealed in time and space;
as we share in Christ the feast that frees us:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.
Let us build a house where hands will reach
beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, serve and teach,
and live the Word they’ve known.
Here the outcast and the stranger
bear the image of God’s face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.
Let us build a house where all are named,
their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.
Marty Haugen © 1994 by GIA Publications, Inc., 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638 www.giamusic.com
800.442.1358 All rights reserved. Used by permission.
READING
Luke 7:36-50 (or presented as a dramatic
monologue written by Deacon Denise Creed)
ADDRESS
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,
for by doing that some have entertained angels
without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)
OFFERTORY AND DEDICATION OF EASTER
OFFERING
Lord, your word teaches us to contribute to the
needs of the saints and extend hospitality to
strangers.
We bring these gifts to you because we want to
share your wonderful message of hope with all
people. May your kingdom grow. Amen.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Sung response: There is one among us,
whom we do not know.
Host of highest Heaven, present here below.
There is One Among Us (© Wild Goose Publications, 2000)
(with optional circle dance)
We thank you Lord, that you give us
opportunities to learn more about your world as
we support the work within our Partner
Churches. We pray especially for those engaged
in mission in areas of conflict and danger, that
you will protect, strengthen and transform your
people by your risen presence.
Sung response: There is one among us, whom
we do not know.
Host of highest Heaven, present here below.
We thank you Lord that you have created a world
where there is no need for anyone to go hungry.
We pray for those who work to provide food and
shelter for those who are in need because of war,
injustice or natural disaster. May they, in turn,
receive your blessing as you reveal yourself in
those they serve.
Sung response: There is one among us, whom
we do not know.
Host of highest Heaven, present here below.
We thank you Lord that we have a gospel of hope.
We pray for those who are fearful or grieving,
bewildered or weighed down with regrets or with
guilt. Guide messengers of hope to transform
such darkness into light.
Sung response: There is one among us, whom
we do not know.
Host of highest Heaven, present here below.
We thank you, Lord, that our churches can be
places of hospitality and safety. Teach us how to
welcome both friend and stranger in ways that
affirm and value each person. Increase our
awareness of God within everyone that we might
greet you in them.
Sung response: There is one among us, whom
we do not know.
Host of highest Heaven, present here below.
We thank you, Lord, for those who have been
generous towards us, sharing their time, their
homes, their possessions, their concerns and
their faith. As they have been open to us, may we
also be open to others and find you daily in our
midst.
Sung response: There is one among us, whom
we do not know.
Host of highest Heaven, present here below.
RESPONSE
O God we thank you that no sin is too great for
your forgiveness. Grant us the humility, tears and
kisses of the woman with the alabaster flask of
ointment that we may grow closer to you
through simple acts of love. As she once
anointed you, may you anoint us and bless us.
Amen.
© Ruth Duck from Touch Holiness (Pilgrim Press,1990). Used with permission.
ACTION [optional]
Invite members of the congregation to dab
fragrant oil (from a bowl with a cotton wool ball)
on the back of the hand of the person to the
immediate right of them.
HYMN
God, save us from the platitudes
(written for this service)
(to tune Abingdon (StF 499, H&P 500) or
Mount Sion (StF 661, H&P 767))
God, save us from the platitudes,
the empty prayers and hollow praise
that blind us to hypocrisy
of every thoughtless word or phrase.
O take us, mend us, make us one
until your work on earth is done.
When pride and selfishness demand
our rights when others suffer hurt,
when greed and use of wealth exploit
and push our neighbours in the dirt.
Yes, take us, mend us, make us one
until your work on earth is done.
Within a world of fear-built walls
of colour, social class or creed,
God, help us look with Christ-lit eyes
for Christ within another’s need;
O take us, mend us, make us one
until your work on earth is done.
O God of fundamental grace
in which your church has grown and stands,
great God of self-denying love
may hatred die in every land.
Yes, take us, mend us, make us one
until your peace on earth is won.
Then graceful hospitality
may welcome angels unaware,
until your all inclusive love
spans through all time, is everywhere,
for by your grace we now are one,
your hope is gained, your work is done.
© Andrew Pratt, 2011.
CLOSING PRAYER
God of mystery,
draw us nearer to you.
God of relationship,
draw us nearer to each other.
God in Trinity,
draw us into deeper understanding
through your gift of faith
and the outpouring or your love.
© Joy Tetley from Prayers Encircling the World (SPCK, 1998). Used by permission.
SUNG OR SPOKEN BLESSING
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you
wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.
© ‘May the peace of the Lord Christ’ from the Northumbria Community’s Celtic Daily Prayer. Used by permission.
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Sung response: There is one among us, whom we do not know