Easter 6 – Year B

We are Christ’s people
called to this place.
We are Christ’s people
living God’s love.
We are Christ’s people
sent to share God’s love,
Christ’s words,
and the Spirit’s challenge
with the world.

First printed in “gathering: resources for worship planners” Lent/Easter/Pentecost 2005

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Easter 5 – Year B

Like pine seedlings, just coming out of the ground…
our joy begins to grow.
Like a willow’s roots stretching out under the ground…
our compassion reaches into the world.
Like roses with deadwood pruned back forcing new growth,
our sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God,
who does such wonderful things!

First printed in “gathering: resources for worship planners” Lent/Easter/Pentecost 2005

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Easter 1 – Year C

All of life is a circle.
Sunrise to sunset.
Today to tomorrow.
Birth to death.
But…
“But”?
But, there is One who, in one timeless moment,
was made to break that pattern.
One who conquered Death,
not only for himself…
but for all.
Jesus, who we call the Christ.
As people of God, as followers of the Christ,
we are invited into this timeless moment.
So we come and we gather…
and we worship our God.
Alleluia!
Alleluia, amen.

First printed in “gathering: resources for worship planners” Lent/Easter/Pentecost 2005

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Easter 1 – Year B

The Risen One said to Mary, “Woman, why do you weep?”
Mary wept because
all she could see in front of her was death.
She had lost her beloved teacher and friend.

The Risen One says to us, “My people, why do you weep?”
Because, so often,
all we can see in front of us is death.
We lose sight of our path.

When Mary recognized the Christ, he said,
“I am ascending to my Father and your Father…
to my God and to your God!”
So we need to look for the Christ
in the new life that grows within and without.
We need to remember
that death has lost its sting.
We need to celebrate that we are one
with the risen Christ –
part of the family and household of God.

So we come together to worship.
Christ is risen!
Christ is risen, indeed!
Alleluia!
Alleluia, amen!

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Lent 5 – Year B

I’m afraid.
Afraid? Of what?
Of living without honour.
All of our lives have honour,
for with each breath we breath,
with each pulse of our heart,
we glorify our God!

I’m afraid.
Afraid? Of what?
Of dying without meaning.
All of our deaths have meaning,
no matter how short or long our lives,
for “in life, in death, in life beyond death
God is with us.”

We are not alone?
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God!

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Lent 3 – Year B

And God said, “The seventh day is my Sabbath.
It is a time to rest from your labours.”
So we come to this place:
to rest in God’s presence;
to be refreshed by God’s love;
to be renewed by God’s grace,
to be re-minded by God’s Words,
to love and to be loved.

This is the day that God has made!
We will rejoice, and be glad in it!
Then come, let us gather to worship our God!

First printed in “gathering: resources for worship planners” Lent/Easter/Pentecost 2006

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Lent 2 – Year B

One: Who are we?
Women: Children of God.
Men: Followers of Christ.
All: People of the covenant.
One: What is God’s promise?
Women: To be with us, from generation to generation.
One: What is our promise?
Men: To listen for God’s word, to live in God’s ways.
All: To celebrate with God all that is.
One: Then come, people of the covenant…
let us worship God!

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Lent 1 – Year B

When we look at the sky…
We can see rainbows.
When we look in this room…
We can see friends.
When we look at ourselves…
We can see tears and laughter,
death and life,
old and new,
endings and beginnings.

When we look at our lives…
we can see God’s promise of love.
Let us gather to remember promises made.
Let us gather to worship our God.

First printed in “gathering: resources for worship planners” Lent/Easter/Pentecost 2006

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Epiphany 7 – Year C

Often God says, “Come closer to me.”
And, often, we are afraid.
Often, the angels have admonished, “Be not afraid!”
And, yet, we remain frightened.
Frightened of what?
Of God, of the world, of ourselves.
This is a place and a time where we gather
to set aside our fears;
to be in God’s presence with hope;
to renew our breath;
to remind ourselves that, with all of who we are,
we are God’s beloved children.
This is a place and a time where we gather
to be held, safe, in God’s arms.

Let us put aside our fears.
Let us listen to God’s love.
Alleluia!
Amen.

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Epiphany 7 – Year B

“Your sins are forgiven!”
Pardon me?
“Your sins are forgiven!”
What do you mean?
“Your sins are forgiven!”
Who are you to tell us this?
I’m not telling you.
Christ is.
God is!
“Your sins are forgiven!”
Our sins are forgiven?
Alleluia!
Thanks be to God!

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