Year V: Week 1 of Easter

Easter Monday: Afternoon Prayer

ABOUT TODAY

Easter Monday: Yesterday we began the season of Eastertide. Easter is the annual celebration of the resurrection of the Lord, and has been observed from the earliest days of the church. In the Jewish calendar, Jesus died during the Passover Feast, and the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost, 50 days later. The church follows this sequence of events, with the season of Eastertide occupying the 50 days between the two great festivals.


CALL TO WORSHIP

Reader:
God, come to my assistance.
All:
Lord, make haste to help me.

Reader:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
All:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

AFTERNOON PSALM

Psalm 18:31-50 (Continued from this morning)

For who is God except the Lord?
    Who but our God is a solid rock?
God arms me with strength,
    and he makes my way perfect.
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
    enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
    he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
You have given me your shield of victory.
    Your right hand supports me;
    your help has made me great.
You have made a wide path for my feet
    to keep them from slipping.

I chased my enemies and caught them;
    I did not stop until they were conquered.
I struck them down so they could not get up;
    they fell beneath my feet.
You have armed me with strength for the battle;
    you have subdued my enemies under my feet.
You placed my foot on their necks.
    I have destroyed all who hated me.
They called for help, but no one came to their rescue.
    They even cried to the Lord, but he refused to answer.
I ground them as fine as dust in the wind.
    I swept them into the gutter like dirt.
You gave me victory over my accusers.
    You appointed me ruler over nations;
    people I don’t even know now serve me.
As soon as they hear of me, they submit;
    foreign nations cringe before me.
They all lose their courage
    and come trembling from their strongholds.

The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock!
    May the God of my salvation be exalted!
He is the God who pays back those who harm me;
    he subdues the nations under me
    and rescues me from my enemies.
You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies;
    you save me from violent opponents.
For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations;
    I will sing praises to your name.
You give great victories to your king;
    you show unfailing love to your anointed,
    to David and all his descendants forever.

All:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


WORSHIP
(Optional)

All:
(A short time of worship and thanksgiving, led or spontaneous. Alternatively a devotional song may be played and listened to.)


OLD TESTAMENT READING

Exodus 15:1-21

The Song of Moses

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

“I will sing to the Lord,
    because he is worthy of great honor.
He has thrown the horse and its rider
    into the sea.
The Lord gives me strength and makes me sing;
    he has saved me.
He is my God,
    and I will praise him.
He is the God of my ancestors,
    and I will honor him.
The Lord is a warrior;
    the Lord is his name.
The chariots and soldiers of the king of Egypt
    he has thrown into the sea.
The king’s best officers
    are drowned in the Red Sea.
The deep waters covered them,
    and they sank to the bottom like a rock.
Your right hand, Lord,
    is amazingly strong.
Lord, your right hand
    broke the enemy to pieces.
In your great victory
    you destroyed those who were against you.
Your anger destroyed them,
    like fire burning straw.
Just a blast of your breath,
    and the waters piled up.
The moving water stood like a wall;
    the deep waters became solid in the middle of the sea.

“The enemy bragged,
    ‘I’ll chase them and catch them.
I’ll take all their riches;
    I’ll take all I want.
I’ll pull out my sword,
    and my hand will destroy them.’
But you blew on them with your breath
    and covered them with the sea.
They sank like lead
    in the raging water.

“Are there any gods like you, Lord?
    There are no gods like you.
    You are wonderfully holy,
    amazingly powerful,
    a worker of miracles.
You reached out with your right hand,
    and the earth swallowed our enemies.
You keep your loving promise
    and lead the people you have saved.
With your strength you will guide them
    to your holy place.

“The other nations will hear this and tremble with fear;
    terror will take hold of the Philistines.
The leaders of the tribes of Edom will be very frightened;
the powerful men of Moab will shake with fear;
the people of Canaan will lose all their courage.
Terror and horror will fall on them.
When they see your strength,
    they will be as still as a rock.
They will be still until your people pass by, Lord.
    They will be still until the people you have taken as your own pass by.
You will lead your people and place them
    on your very own mountain,
the place that you, Lord, made for yourself to live,
    the temple, Lord, that your hands have made.
The Lord will be king forever!”

The horses, chariot drivers, and chariots of the king of Egypt went into the sea, and the Lord covered them with water from the sea. But the Israelites walked through the sea on dry land. Then Aaron’s sister Miriam, a prophetess, took a tambourine in her hand. All the women followed her, playing tambourines and dancing. Miriam told them:

“Sing to the Lord,
    because he is worthy of great honor;
he has thrown the horse and its rider
    into the sea.”

Reader:
The Word of the Lord.
All:
Thanks be to God.


Pause for Reflection……


PRAYER

(Take a moment to bring to God any issues that have arisen during the morning. You may like to end with the following prayer…)

Reader:
Lord Jesus, we thank you for the work of the morning,
For the challenges faced and the obstacles overcome.
Grant that the rest of this day be used for your glory,
As we offer ourselves afresh to you. Amen

 

GRACE (Optional)

Reader:

Lord God, we thank you for your gift to us of this food;
Produce of earth, sky, many living beings, and much hard work.

May we eat with prayerfulness, gratitude and moderation;
With renewed minds and spirit-controlled appetites.

May we eat with compassion for those who hunger today,
And in such a way that reduces the suffering of all creatures;
Healing and preserving our precious planet.

Use this food to strengthen our bodies, revive our spirits,
Nurture our family and nourish our resolve;
That we may continue to serve all that lives with all our life. Amen


Psalms in Bold – Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved

All other Psalms – Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

All other Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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