The Seventh Sunday of Easter Year C

The Seventh Sunday of Easter Year C

The Seventh Sunday of Easter Year C

Acts 16:16-34/ Psalm 97/ Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21/ John 12:20-26

Call to Worship

One: You are coming back, God of All Creation!

Many: When will you arrive?

One: The coastlands, stretching far, will be glad!

Many: When will you arrive?

One: The whole earth will rejoice!

Many: Yes, but when?  When will you arrive?

One: The hour is now for we are the Body of Christ,

Many: And the hour is yet to come,

One: For the grace of Jesus Christ is ever being made new, moment to moment.

All: Let us bear witness to this renewal as we worship God.

Prayer of Confession

One:

There is no reason to avoid turning back to God for there is no shame or guilt for us in God’s Spirit.  So let us bring our honesty to God without delay and confess with confidence in forgiveness.

Many:

Loving God, there are so many voices talking at us.  Everyday we are saturated with shout after shout for our attention. It seeps in until we are filled to brimming with something like strange spirits.  We live with them constantly. They break us down over time.  If we let them drive us away from you, forgive us.  If we become another constant shouting voice, fill us with your Spirit so we might hush some.  Give us only your justice and peace to talk about so we might all be set free from the noise in our lives.

Silence

Assurance of Pardon:

Jesus prayed that he might be immeasurably one with us, just as the Holy Parent and Holy Child are one, so the world may know us by our unity.  What unites us yet? That by the grace of Christ we are forgiven.

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  1. Alex, thanks for this great resource! Our church has been celebrating Easter for the whole season. With inspiration from “A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series, I have been preaching on the surprise nature of God’s kingdom and the surprising things that God was doing in Acts and the early church and still does among us today. I look forward to reading more!

    1. That aspect of surprise is interesting. A surprising God might be a little scary when folks are used to God presented as solely steadfast. I think God can be both, of course, but I’m glad you’re giving that surprising side of faith some air time. Thanks!

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