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Zoom Worship - April 24 2nd Sunday Of Easter

We Gather Together

Musical Prelude


Promise of Divine Welcome

Call to Worship:

One: This is the day that God has made. Let us rejoice, giving thanks for the newness of life offered to us.

All: We are glad for warmth, for green grass, and for flowers, for soft breezes and the music of birds, for gentle raindrops upon our faces.

One: On this day of hope and new life, we are reminded that God dwells with us and within all creation.

All: We remember we are called to be partners with God in creation. Let us join in celebrating God’s gift of life.

Song: Web of Life

A strand in the web of life, let me be, a string on the harp that the spirit plays. At one with the sky and earth and the sea, in the web of life let me be, let me be, in the web of life, let me be.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Listening in the Light of Reconciliation

Opening Hymn: This Is God’s Wondrous World, VU 296

This is God’s wondrous world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is God’s wondrous world; I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas, God’s hand the wonders wrought.

This is God’s wondrous world: the birds their carols raise; the morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise. This is God’s wondrous world: God shines in all that’s fair; in the rustling grass or mountain pass, God’s voice speaks everywhere.

This is God’s wondrous world: O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is God’s wondrous world: why should my heart be sad? Let voices sing, O let the heavens ring: God reigns, let earth be glad!

Opening Prayer

Invitation to Confession

Song: Listen, God Is Calling, MV 97

Listen God is calling, through the Word inviting, offering forgiveness, comfort, and joy.

A Prayer for Creation

One: Creator God, you breathe your being into all creation, and set us in a garden of wonder and delight.

All: Today you call us: “Where are you; what have you done?”


One: We hide in utter shame, for we are naked before you. We violate the earth and plunder it. We seek to own what is not ours, but yours.

All: Forgive us, Creator God, and reconcile us to your creation.

One: O God of love, you ask that we share the gifts of creation with all your peoples, of varying cultures, races, colours.

All: Today you ask us: “Where is your brother, your sister?”


One: We hide ourselves in shame and fear. Poverty, hunger, hatred, and war rule the earth. Refugees, all who are oppressed, and all who are voiceless cry out to you.

All: Forgive us, God of love, and reconcile us to yourself and to one another.

One: Teach us, God of love, that the earth and its fullness is yours, the world and those who dwell in it.

All: Call us to safeguard the gift of life. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Song: Behold, I Make All Things New (Iona)

Behold, behold, I make all things new, beginning with you, and starting from today. Behold, behold, I make all things new, my promise is true, for I am Christ the way.

Choral Anthem

Children’s Hymn: The Spring Has Come, VU 187

The spring has come, let all the church be part of it! The world has changed, and God is at the heart of it! New light, new day, new colour after winter grey. New light, new day, the spring has come, let all the church be part of it!

The sun is warm, let all God’s children play in it! The world expands, let’s spread the Gospel way in it! New leaf, new thrust, new greening for the love of Christ. New leaf, new thrust, the sun is warm, let all God’s children play in it!

The spring has come, new people are the flowers of it. Through wind and rain, new life is in the showers of it. New bud, new shoot, new hope will bear the Spirit’s fruit. New bud, new shoot, the spring has come, new people are the flowers of it!

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 who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Children’s Prayer:

God, be in my eyes and in my looking. God, be in my ears and in my listening. God, be in my mouth and in my speaking. God, be in my heart and in my understanding. Amen.

God Calls and We Respond to the Word

Psalm 150

Sung Response: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Praise God in the holy temple! Praise God for mighty deeds! Praise God for bountiful mercies, Praise God who meets all our needs! R

Praise God with sound of trumpet! Praise God with lute and harp! Praise God with timbrel and dancing! Praise God wherever you are! R

Praise God with holy cymbals! Praise God with strings and with pipes! Praise God with clash of cymbals! Praise God with all your might! R

John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Judeans, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Sermon: Peace be With You - Cynthia O’Connell

Hymn: We Cannot Own the Sunlit Skies, MV 143

We cannot own the sunlit sky, the moon, the wildflow’rs growing, for we are part of all that is within life’s river flowing. With open hands receive and share the gifts of God’s creation, that all may have abundant life in ev’ry earthly nation.

When bodies shiver in the night and weary, wait for morning, when children have no bread but tears, and war-horns sound their warning, God calls humanity to wake, to join in common labour, that all may have abundant life in one-ness with their neighbour.

God calls humanity to join as partners in creating a future free from want or fear, life’s goodness celebrating, that new world beckons from afar, invites our shared endeavour, that all may have abundant life and peace endure forever.



Doxology: Grant Us, God, the Grace, VU 540

Grant us, God, the grace of giving, with a spirit large and free, that ourselves and all our living we may offer faithfully.

We Pray

Prayers of the People

Song: The Lord Is My Song (Taize)

The Lord is my song the Lord is my praise: all my hope comes from God. The Lord is my song the Lord is my praise: God, the well-spring of life.

Poem: Storm Birds by John Warden

Listen to the breathing world, parse its fluting, reach into its sentient heart, feel its wings flutter.

Bruised by stark towers, sickened by greed, will the birds fall silent even in the deep woods?

Is there another story: of a world, startled by children, filling the streets and the plazas, storming the golden battlements, conquering by song?

Closing Hymn: All Praise to You, VU 297

All praise to you, O God of all creation: you made the world, and it is yours alone. The planet earth you spun in its location amid the stars adorning heaven’s dome. We lease the earth but for a life’s duration, yet for this life it is our cherished home.

To tend the earth is our entrusted duty, for earth is ours to use and not abuse. O gracious God, true source of all resources, forgive our greed that wields destruction’s sword. Then let us serve as wise and faithful stewards while earth gives glory to creation’s Lord.

Commissioning: from Julian of Norwich

One: Be a gardener for creation.

All: We will dig, toil, and sweat, and turn the earth upside down.

One: Seek the deepness, and water the plants in time.

All: We will continue this labour, to make sweet floods to run, and noble and abundant fruits to spring.

One: Then take this food, drink, and beauty,

All: and carry it to God as our true worship.


Song: I Am Walking A Path of Peace, MV 221

I am walking a path of peace; (3x)

lead me home, lead me home. I am walking a path of hope; (3x) lead me home, lead me home.


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