Easter people raise your voices
Sounds of heaven in earth should ring
Christ has brought us Heaven’s choices
Heavenly music let it ring
Easter people let it sing
Our Lord Jesus Christ said, I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
Lord God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, yet by no means clearing the unrepentant. Incline your ear and hear, for we do not present our supplications before you on the ground of our righteousness, but on the ground of your great mercies.
Create in us a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within us. Do not cast us away from your presence and do not take your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain in us a willing spirit. Have mercy upon us according to your steadfast love according to your abundant mercy, blot out our transgressions, through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen.
With the whole of Christendom, we share faith in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe and confess that God has revealed himself once for all in Jesus Christ, that our Lord has redeemed us with the whole of humanity by his death and resurrection and that there is no salvation apart from him.
We believe that Christ is present with us in the word and the sacrament,that he directs us through the Spirit and thus forms us into a church. We hear him summoning us to follow him and ask him to use us in his service. Christ joins us together mutually, so that knowing ourselves to be members of his body, we become willing to serve each other.
In this spirit we await the appearing of Jesus Christ, go forward to meet our Lord with joy and pray to be found ready when he comes. Amen.
Watchword for the Week
Jesus said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent, so I send you.”
Watchword for Today
I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk 3: 18
Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
Prayer for Today
Faithful God, trouble is all around – shadows in the valleys and movement on the periphery. Lord, let us hear your voice! Help us delight in recounting the times you have guided us to trusted people and places. Amen