Easter I – April 19, 2020

Morning Prayer

Call To Worship

Christ Jesus is risen from the dead. The Lord has risen indeed.
(Luke 24:34

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad it in.
(Psalm 118:24

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

Opening Hymn – Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

1. Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heav’n to earth come down:
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown:
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter ev’ry trembling heart.

2.  Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
into ev’ry troubled breast;
let us all in thee inherit,
let us find the promised rest:
take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

3.  Come, Almighty to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

4.  Finish, then, thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be:
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee;
changed from glory into glory,
’til in heav’n we take our place,
’til we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.


Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
We have followed too much the evil intentions and desires of our own hearts.
We have broken your holy laws.
We have left undone the things that we ought to have done;
and we have done the things that we ought not to have done;
and there is no spiritual soundness within us.

Have mercy on us, pitiful sinners, O Lord.
Spare those who confess their sins.
Restore those who truly repent,
even as you have promised through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And grant, merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may live from this time forward a godly, righteous and holy life,
to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.


Merciful God, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace;
that they may be cleansed from all their sins,
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your Name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
And forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us;
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
forever and ever.  Amen.

Open our lips, O Lord.
And we shall declare your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever;
world without end. Amen.

Let us praise the Lord.
The Lord’s Name be praised.

The Venite

Psalm 56 (NIV)

Be merciful to me, my God,
    for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
    all day long they press their attack.
My adversaries pursue me all day long;
    in their pride many are attacking me.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
    In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?

All day long they twist my words;
    all their schemes are for my ruin.
They conspire, they lurk,
    they watch my steps,
    hoping to take my life.
Because of their wickedness do not let them escape;
    in your anger, God, bring the nations down.

Record my misery;
    list my tears on your scroll —
    are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back
    when I call for help.
    By this I will know that God is for me.

10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can man do to me?

12 I am under vows to you, my God;
    I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death
    and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
    in the light of life.

Psalm 57 (NIV)

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until the disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,
    to God, who vindicates me.
He sends from heaven and saves me,
    rebuking those who hotly pursue me—
    God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

I am in the midst of lions;
    I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

They spread a net for my feet—
    I was bowed down in distress.
They dug a pit in my path—
    but they have fallen into it themselves.

My heart, O God, is steadfast,
    my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
    Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen

The First Reading – Ezekiel 37:1-14 (NIV)

The first reading is from the thirty-seventh chapter of the book of Ezekiel, beginning at the first verse.

The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Abraham Rattner (American, 1895–1978), “Valley of Dried Bones.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commandedme, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Jubilate Deo

The Second Reading – Luke 24:13-35 (NIV)

The second reading is from the twenty-fourth chapter of the Gospel of Luke, beginning at the thirteenth verse.

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him,and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

Let us pray. 

O Lord, show us your mercy.
And grant us your salvation.

Endue your Ministers with righteousness.
And make your chosen people joyful.

O Lord, save your people.
And bless your inheritance.

Give peace in our time, Lord.
For you alone rule the world.

Cleanse our hearts, O Lord.
And revive us by your Holy Spirit.

The Collect for Easter I

Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification, grant that we may put away the old leaven of malice and wickedness and always serve you in purity and truth through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

The Collect for Peace

Lord God, the author of peace and lover of harmony, whom to know is eternal life and to serve is perfect freedom: Defend us your humble servants against all assaults of our enemies, that trusting in your defense, we may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Collect for Grace

Heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day; defend us, your humble servants, with your mighty power, and grant that we neither fall into sin, nor run into any kind of danger; also grant that, being guided and governed by you, we may do what is right in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Offertory Salutation

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:16

Offertory Hymn – Teach Me To Abide (Jody Cross)

Lord You are the vine
I am a branch
Teach me to abide
Lord I cannot do
Anything without You
Teach me to abide

For as long as I live
Help me remain
Rooted in You
Bearing fruit in Your name
You are the vine
And Lord I will abide

I’ll remain in You Jesus
I’ll remain in Your love
I’ll remain in the truth of Your word
And I will bear much fruit

Prayer Over The Gifts

Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel, for ever and ever.
All that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine.

All things come of thee,
and of thine own have we given thee. Amen.

A Prayer For All In Civil Authority

Lord God, our Governor, whose glory is in all the world; we commend this nation to your merciful care, that being guided by your providence, we may dwell secure in your peace. We give thanks for: Russel, our Lieutenant Governor; Scott, our Premier; and our MLA’s Delbert, Joe, Nicole, and Nadine; and The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saskatchewan, and Sid, their Bishop. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness; and make them always mindful of their calling to serve this nation and people in reverence before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

A Prayer For The Clergy and People

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom comes every good and perfect gift: Send down your Spirit of wisdom, truth and power upon +Michael and +Adam, our Bishops; Rick+ our pastor; The Parish of Nipawin and Arborfield, St. John’s Nipawin; Church of the Ascension, Arborfield; the Reverend Gethin Edward, Interim Priest in Charge; the world-wide Anglican Communion and the Church of Ireland; our brothers and sisters in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert, and Albert, their Bishop; for the Church throughout Prince Albert, and specifically for Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sr. Pastor: Matthew Nguyen; and persecuted Christians around the word, that an outpouring of repentance and revival may come upon our nations and our world. And we pray for broken families and those recovering from divorce. That they may truly please you, pour upon them the continuing refreshment of your blessing. Grant this, we pray, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen

Prayers of the People

We pray for your holy, catholic Church that it may be guided and governed by your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life, and especially for Gale & Sharon Head, Neil & Sheila Headrick, Terry & Linda Herchak,  Karen Hindle, and our weekly Coffee Time, and those who coordinate it.

And, we commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are in any way afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, personal welfare or material circumstances especially Leah, Brent, Ward, Gary, Marilyn, Muriel, Jackie, Muriel, Eva, Joe, Liam, Geoff, Keaton, Ralph, Dorothy, Phil, Silas, Sabine, Julia, Gay, Philip, Penny, Maria, and Jean. Be pleased, Holy Father, to comfort and relieve them according to their various needs; give them patience under their suffering, and a happy deliverance out of their afflictions; for Jesus Christ’s sake.

And we pray, Heavenly Father, especially for our Bishops, Clergy, Parish leaders, our congregations in the Diocese of Saskatchewan, and the same throughout the Anglican Church of Canada, that you would strengthen us all by the power of your Holy Spirit during this time of pandemic, that we may serve one another, our families, and our neighbours, as we are able, and that our faith may be renewed and strengthened in this time.

We pray for our communities, and our leaders here, and across the country, that you would give them wisdom and strength for this time. And may we have the faith to believe what your apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:38-39: “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Amen.

A General Thanksgiving

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all you have done for us.
We thank you for the splendour of the whole creation,
for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.
We thank you for the blessing of family and friends,
and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.
We thank you for setting us tasks which demand our best efforts,
and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures
that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.
Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ;
for the truth of his word and the example of his life;
for his steadfast obedience,
by which he overcame temptation;
for his dying,
through which he overcame death,
for his rising to life again,
in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit,
that we may know Christ and make him known;
and through him, at all times and in all places,
may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

A Prayer Of Saint Chrysostom

Almighty God, you who have given us grace at this time to bring before you with one mind our common petitions, and have promised that when two or three are gathered together in your Name you will grant their requests: We humbly ask you to fulfill now the desires and petitions of your servants, in ways that are most suitable for them, granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Grace: 2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore. Amen.

Closing Song – How Deep The Father’s Love For Us

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

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