Is this the way to Easter?

Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge of
the United Church of Canada.

Minister: Rev. James Feairs, B. A., M. Div., Retired Supply.
Organist & Choir Leader: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers.
Livestreaming and song leader: Shawn Pearce-Chambers.

April 26, 2020                                                                                            3rd Sunday of Easter

Livestreaming from Eldad during pandemic precautions

People’s responses are in bold type.
Song Lyrics: Song titles, are also a link to it’s lyrics (if available).

We Gather with Praise

Welcome
Gospel Jam: Amen, Amen; 380 She comes sailing on the wind
382
Breathe on me, breath of God.

Call to Worship: Easter continues! Let us praise God who offers eternal life,
New every morning is the love’”
Easter continues, and so does our pilgrimage of faith
Anywhere on our road, we may meet the risen Christ!
Easter continues. Our ordinary moments may be cradles of the holy,
Each of our moments may be Gods moment. This is the day that our God has made. Let us worship!

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, Creator, bringer of life, source of all good: you were in Jesus, showing your love by his life, his teaching, his dying on the cross, his resurrection, and the gift of his spirit to the church throughout all time. We come to you to worship this day, in the midst of difficult and testing times in our world. We acknowledge and confess our fears and our uncertainties. We pray for the strengths that are necessary, the hope that is eternal, and the peace that is beyond what the world can give. May our worship today help us live in your Way. To you, God eternal, be the praise of all your people, today and always. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Life and Work of the Community of Faith

Sharing Time.

Song: 703 In the bulb, there is a flower.

We Encounter God’s Word

Letter: I Peter 1:3-9. A living hope through the risen Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of Luke 24:13-27. The walk to Emmaus.
The Gospel of Luke 24:28-35. The meal at Emmaus.
Reader: May the Spirit of Christ lead us into all truth.
People: Thanks be to God.

Special Music/Solo/Duet: Here I am to worship

Message: Is this the way to Easter?

We Respond with Prayer and Thanksgiving

Song: 436. Abide with me.

Prayer for Gifts and Givers: Bless all gifts given this day and this week, O God. Accept our thanks for your gift of life, and within it, the gift of faith in you; for these gifts of yours can never be earned or owned. Strengthen and enable the work of all pastoral charges and communities of faith in our East Central Ontario Region. We remember today especially the people and minister of Kendal United Church. May their work, their faith, and their gifts, as well as ours, be blessed by your Spirit; in Christs name, Amen.

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer: 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 that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Closing Hymn: 649. Walk with me.

Benediction
Postlude




BIBLE STUDY – based on the scriptures for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020.

From your retired supply minister Rev. Jim.
For all members and friends of Eldad-Hampton United Churches.

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Well, folks; we have ‘gotten through’ Easter (ministers sometimes put it that way). But if you remember last week, with Thomas’s late start on the good news of the risen Christ, we said last week was ‘still Easter.”
And guess what? This week is still Easter too. You will see that in this week’s scriptures. But you see it also in how we traditionally describe this church season: It is the third week of Easter.
We say the third week after Christmas, and the third week after Pentecost, at those times; but because Easter is the centre of our faith, we give it extra time. And we do call every Sunday of the year, a little Easter. So: time for a little more Easter.

It’s good, isn’t it, that just as we are called right now to struggle through the pandemic, we are also called by our faith not just to struggle, but to hope, and to believe, and to keep on keeping on?

So: The road to Emmaus.
Please read the Gospel of Luke 24:13-35 several times.
Feel free to write down some of your thoughts, or tell your own story out loud to yourself, if you are looking at this on your own; or share with your household, or call a friend!

1. Where is somewhere I walk regularly? My back yard? The mall? A walking path? Treadmill? Sidewalk? Where did I use to walk? Was it by choice or necessity? What is the farthest I ever walked in a day? Do I prefer to walk alone or with company? Have I noticed and felt greater silence in this pandemic time?

2. The ‘road to Emmaus’ is in two stages: the walk, and then the meal in their house.
Walking together, talking together, and eating together comprise three constant human activities the disciples did with Jesus. Why might these two not recognize him? How is his breaking of the bread the ‘tipping point’?

3. Background: Verse 27: ‘he explained the scriptures concerning himself’. If you read the prophet Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12, the prophet foresees a particular sort of anointed leader coming to the people; uniquely known not so much by golden triumphs as by suffering on behalf of the people. At the beginning of his mission, Jesus quotes as his guiding scripture, Isaiah; God sent me to bring good news to the poor (Luke 4:14ff, Isaiah 61:1,2).

4. Reflect: What are my guiding scriptures? My favourite Bible verses? Other writings or sayings? (Albert Einstein’s simple mantra: Kindness. Beauty. Truth.) How have I been influenced and guided by my greatest texts? What are the things that still cause ‘my heart to burn within me.’? Justice? Compassion? Courage? Sharing faith? Love? Hope?

Rev. Jim.