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6-7 Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say.
“More, more.”
I have God’s more-than-enough,
More joy in one ordinary day

7-8 Than others get in all their shopping sprees.
At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep,
For you, God, have put my life back together.

Psalm 4 The Message

Collect for the Day:

God of Life and Love,

Your Son made himself known to his disciples

in the breaking of bread.

Open our eyes that we might see him

in his redeeming work;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever

Amen

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Hymn 338

There is a Redeemer

   1     There is a Redeemer,
           Jesus, God’s own Son,
           precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
           Holy One.


                Thank you, O my Father,
                for giving us your Son,
                and leaving your Spirit
                till the work on earth is done.

   2     Jesus my Redeemer,
           name above all names,
           precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
           O for sinners slain.

Thank you, O my Father,….

   3     When I stand in glory
           I will see his face,
           and there I’ll serve my King for ever
           in that holy place.

Thank you, O my Father, …

vv. 1-2 Melody Green (b. 1946)
v. 3 Keith Green (1953–1982)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 338
Words and Music: © 1982 Birdwing Music / BMG Songs Inc / Ears to Hear Music / EMICMP / Small Stone Media BV, Netherlands. Administered by Song Solutions Daybreak, 14 Horsted Square,
Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1QG.  <www.songsolutions.org>  Used by permission

Hymn 299            https://youtu.be/Yx1VV2DrN1Q

   1     Easter jubilation fills the streets and towns,
           celebrations have begun.
           Hear the music and the dancing now,
           join the laughter and the fun!

                Oh, raise a joyful shout!
                Clap your hands and dance,
                let your feelings out.
                Oh, hear what it’s about:
                Christ, the Lord, has come
                to set us free.

   2     Put aside your sorrows, wipe your tears away,
           for a better time will come.
           There’s a promise of a better day,
           join the laughter and the fun!

   3     La, la, la, la, la, la, etc.

   4     Easter jubilation fills the streets and towns,
           celebrations have begun.
           Hear the music and the dancing now,
           join the laughter and the fun!

                (Refrain)
                Hoy!

Mark Johnson and Helen Johnson

       Verse 3 is optional.

Reproduced from Singing the Faith
Words and Music: © 1995, 2008,

Out of the Ark Limited,

Luke 24:36-50

New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’[a] 37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.[b] 41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence.

44 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah[c] is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses[d] of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’

The Message

Verses 45-49 ‘He went on to open their understanding of the Word of God, showing them how to read their Bibles this way. He said, “You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations—starting from here, from Jerusalem! You’re the first to hear and see it. You’re the witnesses. What comes next is very important: I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high.” ‘

The Message

Reflection on 1 John 1:5 – 7          3:1 – 8

This letter dates from the end of the First Century and very likely was written by the Apostle John near the end of his life.

The passage are inspiring and challenging–

Firstly because John confidently tells us that he knew Jesus – “the life”, saw him, knew him, touched him:

Secondly, John gives the kernel of Jesus’ teaching, that is, the light of God the Father shone in and through Jesus:

Thirdly, if we accept that this light is in, could be in, should be within ourselves so that we can form Jesus’ community:

John affirms how great God’s love for us is – we are His children.

This is inspiring, awesome!

Then John writes about the believers, us, making ourselves pure.

Challenging, for we know how our elders behaved at the beginning of both World Wars, we see and experience the corruption of prosperity. We are the people of our time, living in our 21st Century culture.

How can we make ourselves pure?

Very quickly, however, John reassures us – the love of Jesus can, and will, purify us.

We start by remembering Jesus’ awesome love for us, and his sacrifice to end the scapegoating process. That process is the unending cycle of tension, violence, blaming an innocent victim and heaping our sins on it, and, as a precursor to yet another cycle, forcing the victim away from us.

We have to live according to the Sermon on the Mount, relying on the Spirit, our Companion, our Advisor, to correct and keep us in Jesus’ narrow Way.

It will require much repentance, much listening to the Spirit as using godly conversation and reading the Bible regularly.

It’s not those actions which will guarantee eternal life; it’s being able to develop into the whole human that God wants us to be which will then give us the life, the light, the inner peace.

Recently Dr Roger Walton started “A Methodist Way of Life” which has been remarkably successful in many congregations. It is fully documented on the Methodist website and there are booklets available for groups wanting to work at our Methodist Way of Life.

What a challenge!

Intercessory Prayers[1]

Hear us as we pray for your Church

Make us all one, that the world may believe

Grant that every member of your Church may truly serve you

Hear us as we pray for your Church

Make us all one, that the world may believe

Inspire and lead those who hold authority in the nations of the world, and especially Our Queen Elizabeth in her grief and mourning.

Hear us as we pray for your Church

Make us all one, that the world may believe

Make us alive to the needs of our community;

Hear us as we pray for your Church

Make us all one, that the world may believe

Look with kindness on our homes and families ;

Hear us as we pray for your Church

Make us all one, that the world may believe

We remember those who have died in the last 16 months;

Hear us as we pray for your Church

Make us all one, that the world may believe

322 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear

https://youtu.be/K7XRHiYxmIo                 Westminster Chapel Choir

https://youtu.be/3Yxt9dRLoG0?t=89       Nigerian congregation

   1 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds 
in a believer’s ear! 
It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds, 
and drives away our fear. 

   2 It makes the wounded spirit whole, 
and calms the troubled breast; 
’tis manna to the hungry soul, 
and to the weary, rest. 

   3 Dear name — the rock on which I build, 
my shield and hiding-place, 
my never-failing treasury, filled 
with boundless stores of grace! 

   4  Jesus!  My Shepherd, Brother, Friend, 
my Prophet, Priest, and King, 
my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End, 
accept the praise I bring. 

   5  Weak is the effort of my heart, 
and cold my warmest thought; 
but when I see thee as thou art, 
I’ll praise thee as I ought. 

   6  Till then I would thy love proclaim 
with every fleeting breath; 
and may the music of thy name 
refresh my soul in death. 

John Newton (1725–1807) 

Reproduced from Singing the Faith

The Blessing

The blessing of God

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

be among us and remain with us always.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


[1] page 34 of Methodist Worship