Celebrating Eastertide from Home: Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Easter

Celebrating Eastertide from Home: Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Easter

In these worship resources,
we continue our journey in Eastertide.

“In Baptism we died with Christ and are buried with him,
that we may rise with him.”

Reflection on Eastertide and ideas for celebrating this season from home

Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

Et sicut Moyses exaltavit serpentem in deserto,
ita exaltari oportet Filium hominis:
ut omnis qui credit in ipsum, non pereat,
sed habeat vitam aeternam.

John 3:14–15

Reflection

The people of Israel were on their journey to their own land, having left Egypt, passing through the waters of the Red Sea (the sea of reeds).

Moaning continually, they faced various challenges on the way through the desert, one of which was being plagued by poisonous serpents who bit them; many of the people died.

They repented and asked Moses to intercede for them; the Lord ordered that he make a bronze serpent to be placed on a pole; those who were bitten would then look at the bronze serpent and live.

It was only in facing the very thing that was killing them, that they could be saved.

Sparrowhawk, the main protagonist in Ursula K. Le Guin’s iconic book, A Wizard of Earthsea, has to confront his shadow self, name it with his true name, and own it as part of himself – only then can he cease running away from that which was destroying him.

The apostle Paul tells us that when we were baptised, we were buried with Christ, that we might rise with him.

We are called to take up our cross daily
and follow him even to death
that we might rise with him
and share his new life, every day.

Music for reflection

An Eastertide hymn

1 We walk by faith, and not by sight,
no gracious words we hear
of him who spoke as none e’er spoke,
but we believe him near.

2 We may not touch his hands and side
nor follow where he trod;
yet in his promise we rejoice,
and cry, ‘My Lord and God!’

3 Help then, O Lord, our unbelief,
and may our faith abound
to call on you when you are near
and seek where you are found.

4 That when our life of faith is done
in realms of clearer light
we may behold you as you are
in full and endless sight.

5 We walk by faith, and not by sight,
no gracious words we hear
of him who spoke as none e’er spoke,
but we believe him near.

Henry Alford, alt.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Almighty God:
in your great goodness,
grant that we,
as pilgrims through the Easter mysteries,
may hold them fast in our lives;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

Alleluia!

In these strange times, we are called to trust

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA.

The Collects are from the Scottish Episcopal Church, 1982.

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