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Call to Worship (3) | Second Sunday in Easter (Year C)

Submitted by Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
We have not seen the risen Christ,
But we see him in the lives
of those transformed by grace.

We have not seen Jesus face-to-face,
But we have seen him in the faces
of everyone whose love encourages us.

We have not touched the wounds from the cross,
But we have been called to bring healing to the scarred of the world.

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Call to Worship (2) | Second Sunday in Easter (Year C)

The following Call to Worship is from the United Church of Christ.

God’s strong and loving hands are outstretched to all Creation.
Let the world stretch forth and grasp God’s hands with joy.
God’s open hands are as the gate of righteousness.
Let us enter in to God’s abundant life and give thanks.
In God’s hands are new life, strength, and salvation.
Let us be thankful and sing unto our God with gladness.

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Call to Worship (1) | Second Sunday in Easter (Year C)

The following Call to Worship is from Martha Spong.

One: Christ is risen!
Many: Now what?
One: The disciples clung to each other. They huddled in the upper room, waiting.
Many: Would the authorities come to take them, too?
One: Instead, Jesus himself appeared, despite the locked door.
Many: What next?
One: Next came doubts and questions, assurances and instructions, and a last word:
Many: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
One: Christ is risen! Now what?
Many: Now we come together to wait for him.
One: May the risen Christ bless us as we worship what we have not seen, yet believe.

Submitted by Rev. Martha Spong, First Congregational Church, North Yarmouth Maine via LiturgyLink.Net.

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Call to Worship (3) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

This is the day:
when tears are wiped away;
shattered hearts are mended;
fears are replaced with joy.

This is the day the Lord:
rolls away the stone of fear;
throw’s off death’s clothes;
goes ahead of us into God’s future.

This is the day the Lord has made:
death has no fear for us;
sin has lost it’s power over us;
God opens the tombs of our hearts
to fill us with life.

This is the day – Easter Day!
Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!

Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.

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Call to Worship (2) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following Call to Worship is from the Mennonite Church of Canana.

We are here today because the weeping Mary of Magdala once said:
“I have seen the Lord!”
We are here on this Easter morning because Jesus still comes into our locked spaces and says:
“Peace be with you. Receive the Holy Spirit.”
We are here today like doubting Thomas who finally cried:
“My Lord and my God”
We are here like Peter, tempted to forget the call of Jesus:
“I’m going fishing.”
We’re here this morning because of Jesus, who asks us face-to-face:
“Do you truly love me?”
We gather here to whisper timidly.
“Yes, Lord, you know that we love you.”
We are here as a congregation only because many faithful disciples
have listened to Jesus’ words:
“Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid! Go and tell, ‘Jesus has been raised!”

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Call to Worship (1) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following Call to Worship is by Nathan Decker.

Morning has broken, but this morning is different.
The birds are singing tunes of joy in the trees surrounding the graves.
The flower buds are bursting in colors vibrant around each stone.

We’ve come to visit the grave of a friend, but “he is not here.”

The Sun is rising in the East; the shadowed grays turn bright!
The Son is risen in our Hearts; darkness and death end in defeat.

Now we understand what Christ said, what God did.

Now we can proclaim, CHRIST IS RISEN! HALLELUJAH!

The Rev. Nathan Decker is the pastor of the South Sussex Charge of the James River District of the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. His great love is the diversity and inspiration of God’s creative nature in worship.

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Call to Worship (or Laughter) | Easter (Year C)

I found this liturgy by Thom Shuman and I had to share! What a brilliant representation of the absurdity of the cross and the defiance of the empty tomb. It reminds me of the reason why I prefer to call Easter Sunday “‘Suck it, Rome!’ Sunday.” May we all continue to preach the joke that God has forever played on death!

One: This is the time to rejoice!
All: What better time than now!
One: This is the day to laugh:
What did the cabbage pastor
say to the people?
Pastor: Lettuce pray!
One: How many choir directors does
it take to change a light bulb?
Choir: No one knows, because no one
ever watches the director!
One: How many Presbyterians does it take
to change a light bulb?
All: Change? Presbyterians don’t believe
in change!
One: What’s the greatest joke ever?
All: The one God played on
death on Easter morning!

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