We are currently in 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
God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.
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
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
Praise him, skies above!
Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
for he issued his command, and they came into being.
He set them in place forever and ever.
His decree will never be revoked.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you creatures of the ocean depths,
fire and hail, snow and clouds,
wind and weather that obey him,
mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all livestock,
small scurrying animals and birds,
kings of the earth and all people,
rulers and judges of the earth,
young men and young women,
old men and children.
Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
For his name is very great;
his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
He has made his people strong,
honoring his faithful ones—
the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!
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
(A short time of worship and thanksgiving, led or spontaneous. Alternatively a devotional song may be played and listened to.)
OLD TESTAMENT READING
The Holy Tent
Then the skilled workers made the Holy Tent. They made the ten curtains of blue, purple, and red cloth, and they sewed designs of creatures with wings on the curtains. Each curtain was the same size—forty-two feet long and six feet wide. Five of the curtains were fastened together to make one set, and the other five were fastened together to make another set. Then they made loops of blue cloth along the edge of the end curtain on the first set of five, and they did the same thing with the other set of five. There were fifty loops on one curtain and fifty loops on the other curtain, with the loops opposite each other. They made fifty gold hooks to join the two curtains together so that the Holy Tent was joined together as one piece.
Then the workers made another tent of eleven curtains made of goat hair, to put over the Holy Tent. All eleven curtains were the same size—forty-five feet long and six feet wide. The workers sewed five curtains together into one set and six together into another set. They made fifty loops along the edge of the outside curtain of one set and fifty loops along the edge of the outside curtain of the other set. Then they made fifty bronze rings to join the two sets of cloth together and make the tent one piece. They made two more coverings for the outer tent—one made of male sheepskins colored red and the other made of fine leather.
Then they made upright frames of acacia wood for the Holy Tent. Each frame was fifteen feet tall and twenty-seven inches wide, and there were two pegs side by side on each one. Every frame of the Holy Tent was made this same way. They made twenty frames for the south side of the Tent, and they made forty silver bases that went under the twenty frames. There were two bases for every frame—one for each peg of each frame. They also made twenty frames for the north side of the Holy Tent and forty silver bases—two to go under each frame. They made six frames for the rear or west end of the Holy Tent and two frames for the corners at the rear of the Holy Tent. These two frames were doubled at the bottom and joined at the top with a metal ring. They did this for each of these corners. So there were eight frames and sixteen silver bases—two bases under each frame.
Then they made crossbars of acacia wood to connect the upright frames of the Holy Tent. Five crossbars held the frames together on one side of the Tent, and five held the frames together on the other side. Also, five crossbars held the frames together on the west end, at the rear of the Tent. They made the middle crossbar run along the entire length of each side and rear of the Tent. It was set halfway up the frames. They made gold rings on the sides of the frames to hold the crossbars, and they covered the frames and the crossbars with gold.
Then they made the curtain of blue, purple, and red thread, and fine linen. A skilled craftsman sewed designs of creatures with wings on it. They made four posts of acacia wood for it and covered them with gold. Then they made gold hooks for the posts, as well as four silver bases in which to set the posts. For the entrance to the Tent, they made a curtain of blue, purple, and red thread, and fine linen. A person who sewed well sewed designs on it. Then they made five posts and hooks for it. They covered the tops of the posts and their bands with gold, and they made five bronze bases for the posts.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Pause for Reflection……
(Take a moment to bring to God any issues that have arisen during the morning. You may like to end with the following prayer…)
Mighty God, as we come to the end of our week,
Grant your blessings over all we love and your increase upon all we do,
We ask this in Jesus name. Amen
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.