If it helps you, set your space for worship. What elements do you find essential, evocative for this particular Sunday? Take yourself seriously. Give yourself and your spirit space to engage and encounter what is surely a mystery, and one that knows healing and new life.
Connections with Andrea
As we gather, we remember that in our Sunday worship this is a time to also gather our joys and concerns. If you have a prayers you would like to share, please do so here. These will be shared by email to our St Andrew prayer list so that we pray for what you hold by name. This information is not shared online in a searchable form.
Gathering Song - Be Not Afraid”
Praise - “Christ Has Risen While Earth Slumbered”
As you join in the hymn, take a moment to give thanks for this time—for the earth and its gifts to us, for shelter, for human caring and contact, for our life together as a church and as a human family. Through all this, we have and are becoming community in new ways. New life! New possibilities! As we look forward to the day when we can physically see and hug each other, let us grant each other this blessing: The peace of Christ be with you!
And why not actually do it? Send a text to a couple of people. Make a call. Who comes to mind for you? Wish them well. More than that, wish them peace. Then click below.
Reflect on the Word
with joy we celebrate the presence of your risen Word.
Enliven our hearts by your Holy Spirit
so that we may proclaim the good news
of eternal and abundant life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Acts 2:14a, 22-32 † Psalm 16 † 1 Peter 1:3-9 † John 20:19-31
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Hymn Response - “How Firm a Foundation”
As we move to the table to celebrate Christ's presence among us in the most common of daily actions, perhaps we will find a new and more intimate connection to this ancient practice as we engage across time and space, and yet, together, at the Lord's table. Gather the elements you need—some bread, a cracker and some juice, a glass of wine—whatever is common in your household, and then join us in giving thanks.
If you have a joy or concern you would like to share, please do so here. These will be shared by email to our St Andrew prayer list so that we pray for what you hold by name. This information is not shared online in a searchable form.
As we respond to God's grace and new life, consider those ways you can express gratitude and thanksgiving even, and especially, where you are! And remember that we continue to keep our financial commitments to our mission partners and staff. Please remember to send in your financial pledges and offerings.
Blessing and Charge
Trust and love the Christ you cannot see
and let that bring you joy,
for that faith will bring the salvation of your soul.
May you find Jesus standing beside you.
May he be close enough to touch.
May he breathe on all your living,
and speak peace into your lives.