Junior Church

Simeon Mitchell

Welcome and Opening Prayer (for a recording, see below)

Jesus said: “I came that all might have life, and have it abundantly”

Let us pray:

O God of life, of all life and each life,
We lay our lives before you.
We give our lives to you,
from whom nothing in us is hidden.

You are before us, God, you are behind;
You are around us, God, you are within.

O God of life, you know the secret thoughts of every heart.

We bring the faith that is in us, and the doubt;
We bring the joy that is in us, and the sorrow.

O God of life, you are in the light, and in the darkness.

We bring the knowledge that is in us, and the ignorance;
We bring the hope that is in us, and the despair.

O God of life, O generous Spirit,

Renew us with your life,
today, tomorrow and always. Amen.

© The Iona Community, 2001. Reproduced with permission.

Song

Circuit Song Book 96: Living God, your word has called us

Today we are continuing with our celebration of Easter and the new and fulfilling life that Jesus, through his life, death and resurrection, offers to all people. 

But in our Bible reading, we move on from the resurrection appearances we’ve been hearing over the last few weeks – in the upper room, and on the road to Emmaus – and skip past Ascension and Pentecost to the very earliest days of the church. Here, we get a glimpse of how this dynamic community of fellow-believers begins to experience the abundant life that comes from following the way of Jesus.

Reading

Acts 2: 42–47

Reflection (for a copy of the text, see below)

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Prayers (for a recording, see below)

Let us pray for ourselves, our communities, our nation and our world.

O God, bring comfort
to those who are suffering
and all of us who grieve.

O God, bring protection
to people at risk,
and to those with no safe place to call home.

O God, bring hope
where resources and patience are stretched,
and days are long.

O God, bring wisdom
to leaders faced with difficult decisions,
and researchers looking for a cure.

O God, bring strength
to the key workers and the carers,
the exhausted and the fearful.

O God, bring renewal
to your church,
as we seek new ways to proclaim your unchanging love in unsettled times.

Lord of life,
in this time of crisis for our families and communities, 
our nation and our world,
we turn to you in faith,
to seek your guidance
and receive your blessing, 
knowing that nothing in all creation can separate us from your love
made known to us in your Son, Jesus Christ our risen Lord.

Amen.

Song

Circuit Song Book 62: Here on the threshold of a new beginning

Blessing (for a recording, see below)

On our hearts and our houses,
the blessing of God.
In our coming and going,
the peace of God.
In our life and believing,
the love of God.
At our end and new beginning,
the arms of God to welcome us and bring us home.

Amen.

© The Iona Community. Reproduced with permission.

Organ Voluntary (suggested by Keith Lambert, organist at Wesley Memorial)

Tuba Tune in D major, by C.S. Lang

Organist: Dr John Allegar, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, USAPosted byPaul CarterPosted inSunday worshipLeave a commenton Circuit Worship: Sunday, 3rd May

Lectionary: Sunday, 3rd May

Lectionary readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter:

Acts 2: 42–47

Psalm 23

1 Peter 2: 19–25

John 10: 1–10