Armadale UCA

26th April 2020

`One draws near`

Easter 3

Welcome and Grace

Scripture sentence

`The Lord replied

My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest”`

Exodus 33: 14

Hymn 392 (Nettleton) `At the dawning of creation`

https://youtu.be/W4AghcUS9Xk

At the dawning of creation;
in the morning of the world,
Christ is raised, a living banner
by the love of God unfurled,
Through the daylight, through the darkness,
Christ leads on his great array:
all the saints and all the sinners
he has gathered on his way.

2 He is risen in the morning,
he is risen from the dead;
he is laughter after sadness,
he is light when night has fled.
He has suffered, he has triumphed,
life is his alone to give:
as he gave it once he gives it
evermore, that we may live.

3 For the glory of salvation
in the dawn of Easter day
we will praise you, loving Father;
we rejoice to sing and pray
with the Son and with the Spirit
Lead us on, your great array,
saints and sinners celebrating
your triumphant love today.

Prayer

Readings

Acts 2: 14a, 36-41; Luke 24: 13-35

Acts 2: 14a, 16-31Peter Addresses the Crowd

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say… 36 …let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah,[h] this Jesus whom you crucified.”

The First Converts

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers,[i] what should we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 

Luke 24: 13-35The Walk to Emmaus

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad.[b] 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth,[c] who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.[d] Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah[e] should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us[f] while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Song `Be still for the presence of the Lord`

the Holy One is here

https://youtu.be/ZugvUQ4m90U

Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The holy One, is here;
Come bow before him now
With reverence and fear
In him no sin is found
We stand on holy ground.
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The holy One, is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
With splendour he is crowned:
How awesome is the sight
Our radiant king of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.

Be still, for the power…

Reflection

Q and A

Prayer and the Lord`s Prayer

Hymn 376 (Duke Street 594)

`I know that my Redeemer lives`

https://youtu.be/pGJECoKFu1s

1. I know that my Redeemer lives;
what joy the blessed assurance gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living Head.
2. He lives to bless me with His love,
He lives to plead for me above,
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.
3. He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.
4. He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

Blessing

May God the Father comfort you and strengthen you in faith.

May God the Son speak to you till your heart are full of light.
May God the Holy Spirit keep you faithful to bear witness to Jesus risen and alive,
today and every day.

Amen

As a way into the theme and ideas of today`s readings and reflection you might like to watch these three, short, very different interpretations of the Emmaus story.
The first one is a rather traditional rendition:

https://youtu.be/dmmTWQn95xQ

These other two are more modern re-tellings of the story:

https://youtu.be/yoGYfmGaxhM

https://youtu.be/AKRjOiuGD7I

What`s different in them? Where are the different emphases?
Which one speaks more to you? Why?
What do these different versions say to you in your faith?

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Living God of life and love,
God alongside us, God who walks with us and helps us
when life is confusing and full of turmoil,
You are the God who reveals Yourself to us
through scripture and faithful teaching, through each other,
through the Church and what is remembered
of the life, death and resurrection of Your Son Jesus Christ.

We are in awe.

We are awed by Your enduring and everlasting love – no matter what befalls us, no matter what mistakes we make, no matter how hard it is for us to believe.

Help our unbelief and help us to listen and to discern Your risen life present with us now by the Spirit of Christ.
Help us turn from fear and despair to the hope and assurance that only Christ can bring.
Forgive us our sins and help us trust You and trust Him Who is the resurrection and the life for all that lies ahead.
In the name and for the sake of this same Jesus, our risen Lord.

Amen