Celebrating Eastertide from Home: Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Easter

Celebrating Eastertide from Home: Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Easter

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

Come and see what God has done:
The Lord is awesome in his deeds among mortals.”

Reflection on Eastertide and ideas for celebrating this season from home

The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what was said by Philip,
hearing and seeing the signs that he did,
for unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were possessed;
and many others who were paralysed or lame were cured.
So there was great joy in that city.
Intendebant autem turbae his quae a Philippo dicebantur, unanimiter audientes,
et videntes signa quae faciebat.
Multi enim eorum qui habebant spiritus immundos,
clamantes voce magna exibant.
Multi autem paralytici et claudi curati sunt.
Factum est ergo gaudium magnum in illa civitate.

Acts 8:6-8

Reflection

Following the martyrdom of Stephen – approved of thoroughly by Saul – a violent persecution began against the Church.

The disciples scatter, and Philip goes to Samaria, where his teaching and healing in the name of Jesus are welcomed with great joy.

What a contrast with Jerusalem! And remember, there was always enmity beteen the Jews and the Samaritans.

We should note Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan, told to answer the question, “Who is my neighbour”.

Our faith, no matter how small, challenges us to have a generous view of the world that God has made and not to try to limit God by our own standards.

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
like the wideness of the sea.

Despite life’s many challenges, let’s pray for a generous spirit, open to others.

Pray for those who bring light into others’ lives.

Pray for essential workers.

Pray for us all.

Music for reflection *

An Eastertide hymn

Music for the hymn (tune: Bishopthorpe)

1 Blest be the everlasting God,
the Father of our Lord!
Be God’s abounding mercy praised,
and majesty adored!

2 When from the dead he raised his Son,
and called him to the sky,
God gave our souls a lively hope
that they should never die.

3 There’s an inheritance divine
reserved against that day;
’tis uncorrupted, undefiled,
and cannot fade away

4 Saints by the power of God are kept,
till that salvation come
we walk by faith as strangers here,
till Christ shall call us home.

Isaac Watts, alt.

The Lord’s Prayer

You can say this in any language you choose.
Here it is, in English, Latin and French.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever. Amen.

Pater noster, qui es in cælis;
sanctificatur nomen tuum:
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie:
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris:
et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.

Quia tuum est regnum,
et potestas, et gloria, in saecula.
Amen.

Notre Père qui es aux cieux,
que ton nom soit sanctifié.
Que ton règne vienne.
Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour.
Pardonne-nous nos offences
comme nous pardonnons aussi
à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation,
mais délivre-nous du mal.

Car c’est à toi qu’appartiennent le règne,
la puissance et la gloire
pour les siècles des siècles. Amen.

Concluding prayer

O God,
whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread:
open the eyes of our faith,
that we may behold him in all his redeeming work;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 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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