Sunday Moments

April 26, 2020


Gathering Song:

The Earth is Yours

In celebration of Earth Day

Performed by Emma Niiler and Craig Niiler

The Earth Is Yours


Your voice it thunders, the oaks start twisting.
The forest sounds with cedars breaking.
The waters see you, and start their writhing,
From the depths a song is rising.

Chorus: Now, it’s rising from the ground (2x)
Holy, holy, holy, holy Lord,
The earth is yours and singing,
Holy, holy, holy, holy Lord,
The earth is yours, the earth is Yours

Your voice it thunders, the ground is shaking.
The mighty mountains now are trembling.
Creation sees you, and starts composing,
Fields and trees, they start rejoicing. CHORUS
Michael Gungor © 2010 worshiptogether.com CCLI License #383771

Easter Greeting*

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
Christ is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Prayer of the Day*

Let us pray. O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Gospel Reading:

Luke 24:13-35

Now on that same day when Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene, two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And Jesus said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 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?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 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. 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.” Then Jesus said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 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. When Jesus was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how Jesus had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Thought for the Day


Christ has risen. Alleluia! And the good news is that Christ is with us. We are not alone. We usually think of Christ being with us as we share communion. Communion, as we usually experience it, is on hold during these times of COVID-19. But today’s gospel reading reminds us that Christ is with us always…just as he was with the disciples walking along the road to Emmaus.

Like those disciples, your road may be filled with anxiety, disappointment, grief, and fear. Like those disciples, our eyes are opened to the promise that Christ is with us. Always. Christ walks with us.

We may forget that promise at times…that hope of the risen Christ. But we are reminded when we say grace before meals, we call on Christ to be with us as we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed.” During morning or evening prayers, we invite Christ to be with us in our joys and concerns. And Christ is in the Word, in scripture. Think about your favorite Bible verses and I bet there is a promise of hope in those words. A comforting verse for my family is from Romans 8: “Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The song of the day, Day of Arising by Susan Palo Cherwein, sums up the story of Christ walking with the disciples and Christ walking with us right now. I invite you to take a moment and read this hymn text, looking for Christ’s hope and promise. The video below has the text embedded if you would like to sing along or meditate to this beautiful hymn tune.

Jesus is alive and working in the world today. Jesus is alive and he is with us. Open your eyes (and I say this nicely but firmly) and look for Jesus. Look for Jesus in your family, your friends, neighbors and co-workers. Look for Jesus in people helping each other with this current pandemic crisis. Invite Jesus to be with you today. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
~Judy Hakanson Smith, Director of Family & Adult Programs

Song of the Day

Day of Arising

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #374

Day of Arising
Day of Arising, Christ on the roadway,
Unknown companion walks with his own.
When they invite him, as fades the first day,
And bread is broken, Christ is made known.

When we are walking, doubtful and dreading,
Blinded by sadness, slowness of heart.
Yet Christ walks with us, ever awaiting,
Our invitation: Stay, do not part.

Lo, I am with you, Jesus has spoken.
This is Christ’s promise, this is Christ’s sign:
When the church gathers, when bread is broken,
There Christ is with us in bread and wine.

Christ, our companion, hope for the journey,
Bread of compassion, open our eyes.
Grant us your vision, set all hearts burning
That all creation with you may rise.
Susan Palo Cherwien © 1996 Augsburg Fortress One License # A-700246

Prayers of Intercession**

Separated in our residences but united by God’s promises of restoration, we pray for the church, the earth, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

Come to the church, so burdened by heartache. Give us faith to know your loving presence among us. Open the scriptures to us, and nourish us with the bread of your word. Direct our clergy and church leaders, in their novel and difficult tasks. Bind into one all denominations around the globe in hope for the renewal of all things, and uphold the work of the World Council of Churches.

A brief silence. O God our merciful Savior, give ear to us.

Come to the earth. Bless all the natural world. Renew landscapes, cleanse the waters, and protect the animals. Save your people especially at this time from destructive storms and floods. Keep viruses in check, for the sake of your beloved humans.

A brief silence. O God our benevolent Gardener, give ear to us.

Come to the nations. Preserve all peoples from war and violence. Guide the leaders of nations, our president, our governors, and our legislators toward wise decisions in struggling against the virus and in reviving the economy. Teach all peoples how to share limited resources with those in greater need. Guide the work of the United Nations during this unprecedented situation.

A brief silence. O God our mighty Peacemaker, give ear to us.

Come to all who suffer from the virus. Comfort the mourners, heal the sick, and sustain medical workers. Empower those researchers who are seeking a vaccine. Stay with us, and accompany all those who are isolated or afraid. Give to those with prior ailments and chronic disease their necessary medical care.

A brief silence. O God our compassionate Healer, give ear to us.

As at Emmaus you joined the meal of the disciples, so come also to our tables. Uphold farmers, ranchers, migrant workers, and all who produce, package and market our food. Guard the health of those who work at grocery stores. Bless the efforts of local food banks. Enable us to feed the children who have relied on food given out at school. Show us how to feed the people living in refugee camps and nations experiencing famine and drought.

A brief silence. O God our generous Provider, give ear to us.

Walk with us on our roadways, whether marked with sorrow or joy, and receive our petitions, both sad lament or fervent praise.

A longer period of silence. O God our beloved Companion, give ear to us.

Accept our praises for those who have died in the faith, including those who are stricken with the virus and the medical workers who died healing others. Accompany us now, as you did them, until at the end of all things we feast at your table with all the saints in glory.

A brief silence. O O God, the Mystery of Life, give ear to us.

With bold confidence in your providence, O holy and gracious God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our saving Lord.
Amen.

Benediction**

The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing,
so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.
The God of all grace  ☩ bless us now and forever.
Amen.
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Amen.
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
*From sundaysandseasons.com.
©2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies
Annual License #SAS006505.

**Worship in the Home https://blogs.elca.org/worship/2027

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