Third Sunday of Easter

Lord Jesus, I admit I am a sinner. I need and ask for your forgiveness; I accept that you paid the penalty for my sins through your
death on the cross. I know there is nothing I have done or can do to earn your
salvation. Cleanse me and make me your child. By faith, I receive you into my
heart as the Savior and Lord of my life. From this moment, help me to live for you
only, with you guiding my life each day. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

God hears the cry of the needy and does not wait for us to call before coming to our aid.

While humanity was still lost in its brokenness, God came to us in the person of Jesus Christ, lived among us, died our death and rose to lead us into life.

And so, we come to worship, to offer God our devotion and love, our thanksgiving and praise.
For God is worthy of our praise.

Holy One, you are a God of compassion. You desire that all might be whole. In the brokenness of our lives, you continue to turn toward us with the hope that we will accept your renewing love and find new meaning for our lives in
you.

You have established compassion as the foundation for all relationships and societies.

You commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to treat others in the same manner that we ourselves wish to be treated.

Yet at times we find ourselves preoccupied with our own self-interests at the expense of helping others.

Teach us to love ourselves in a way that embraces others also. Give us
courage to make room at the center of our world where others might be
renewed by your healing presence.

Fill us with your spirit of compassion, Lord, that we might not act or speak out of our own self interests.

Fill us with the desire to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures. Heal our hearts that we might refrain from acting in ways that will cause pain.

Open the hearts of all people to the profound truth of Jesus Christ
Call all nations to repent from any action that would increase the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

Replace the apathy and selfishness of the world with passion to cultivate empathy with the suffering of all human beings

Lord, redeem us from actions that deny our common humanity.

We desire peace over war, generosity over greed, patience over intolerance, compassion over callous judgment.

At the root of God’s compassion is the sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We are each in need of Christ’s compassion.

Gratitude is our true response to God who calls us to be Christ’s compassion in the world.

How is God inviting you to offer
greater compassion?

Jesus, in extravagant compassion, has already revealed our forgiveness and calls us to live as those who are renewed and thankful. Receive this grace and share it.

We are grateful; we live differently because of what you, Lord Jesus, have done for us.

As one body with one voice we share the prayer our Lord has taught us.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
For thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory

forever and ever. Amen.

Watchword for the Week:

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. 1 John 3:1

Daily Watchword

Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 2 Samuel 7:18

Doctrinal Text

God’s grace toward me has not been in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:10
Today’s Prayer: Merciful God, there is more grace in you than sin in us. Let us not take this grace for granted, but use this gift you have given us for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Congregation Watchword for the Year

The Lord will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:1