Celebrating Eastertide from Home: Thursday in the 3rd Week of Easter
In these worship resources,
we continue our journey in Eastertide.
“Do you understand what you are reading?”
“How can I, unless someone guides me?”
Come and hear, all you who fear God,
and I will tell what he has done for me.
Venite, audite, et narrabo, omnes qui timetis Deum,
quanta fecit animae meae.
Psalm 65 (66):16
The Church is suffering violent persecution by the religious authorities and the disciples have scattered, Philip to Samaria, where his teaching and healing in the name of Jesus are welcomed with great joy.
Philip is prompted to continue his journey, where he meets a significant figure from Ethiopia, a eunuch whose name is not given to us, on his way home after worshipping in Jerusalem.
Philip hears the eunuch reading aloud a passage from the prophet Isaiah about the lamb led to the slaughter and wondering if this is about the prophet or another person.
Philip is invited to sit with him and proclaims the good news about Jesus. The eunuch’s response to this word is to ask for baptism.
It is significant that Philip begins where the man is at.
We can only begin our journey from where we are at this moment in time.
We can only resume our journey from where we are at now.
Not when we’ve got our ducks in order, but now.
And we need to open our ears to where the Lord is calling us.
Magister adest, et vocat te.
The Teacher is here, and calls you.
Pray to discern God’s presence and to hear God’s call.
Pray for those who bring light into others’ lives.
Pray for essential workers.
Pray for us all.
Music for reflection *
An Eastertide hymn
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.
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.
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.
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: Anglicised Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Collects are from the Scottish Episcopal Church, 1982.
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