Small Church Guide for Easter Sunday

Opening Prayer

Read Psalm 118:1-2,14-24 together.
This psalm gives us a number of reasons to praise God, 
central among them is the resurrection.
Jesus is “the stone builders rejected [which] has become the capstone.”

Offer a prayer for thanksgiving to God for the hope
that comes with Jesus’ resurrection.

Worship

(Non-Musical Version)

How have you experienced God this week? 
Go around and have each person share one thing
that makes them grateful to God.

At the end of your time of sharing,
have someone offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

(Musical Version)

Link to Worship Song Lyrics

We recorded a few songs for you again this week if you’d like to sing along with us!

Happy Day
King of Kings
O Praise the Name (Anastasis)

You can play them from the link below:

Word

Prayer

Have someone pray that God will:
open your minds that we might hear what God has to say in his word,
open our hearts to respond to what he is saying to us
and that he would give us the courage to share what we learning with others. 

Children’s Message – The Do Over

for families with children and for those who miss the Children’s Sermon.
Adults, if they would like to, can skip down to the Scripture Reading.

Family Challenge Discussion Guide – For Children
activity and discussion guide (pdf)
activity and discussion (blog version – you can post comments)

Scripture Reading

Read John 20:1-18 together.

Sermon – The New World Begins

Watch the sermon and then follow the Going Deeper discussion guide

Going Deeper Discussion Guide
discussion guide (pdf)
discussion guide (blog version – you can post comments)

Prayer

Prayer for those who are gathered with you

Go around and pray for each other (here are some ideas):
What do you need to get through today? 
How do you need God’s protection?

Instead of being consumed with worry,
have someone pray these concerns to God. 

Prayer for the church

Pray that our church will not be overcome with fear,
but instead will be able to be secure in God’s love
so that we can love and care for our neighbors.

Pray for each of the small groups and families that are
gathered today to worship, pray and hear God’s word.

As the virus peaks in our area,
please pray for all our medical personnel and first responders
who will be caring for a wave of patients.
Pray for wisdom for those in authority,
as they will be making decisions that will impact the lives of many.
Pray for the millions of people
who are now unemployed in our country.
Pray for those working
in grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail,
that God will protect them from infection.

Pray for Mark Gelinas’ mom who is 90 and broke her hip.
She had a successful surgery and is in rehab. 
Please pray for healing for Mark’s mom and for
comfort and peace for the whole family.

Pray for Julie Costa’s sister who’s daughter, Leslie, passed away
unexpectedly last week and was only 33 years old. 
It is believed she had a heart attack.  Please pray for
comfort for Leslie’s family during this time of grieving.  

Continue to Pray for all those in the medical field and in the
front lines fighting daily to keep others safe and healthy.

Pray for Chris Mancini, who’s wife Liz recently passed away. 
Chris is an ER nurse in Worcester where they are
seeing many cases of Coronavirus. 
He has made the tough decision to leave his children with their grandmother
so that he does not bring the virus home to them.  

Pray for Jasmin Amaral who is still in Italy.  Pray for her health and protection.

Pray for Adam and Levi Hartley who remain in the NICU,
that they will continue to grow big and strong!

Prayer for your neighbors
(see the Outreach section below for more on this)

Pray for your neighbors:
that God would give them what they need each day,
that God would protect them from fear and the coronavirus,
that God would work through the circumstances of their lives
so that they are open to following Jesus,
that God would give you opportunities to invite them
to follow Jesus with you.

Lord’s Prayer
say the Lord’s Prayer together to close out your time of prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses 
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.

Outreach — During the Week

(being the church out in the neighborhood)

The Tic-Tac-Toe Grid

Draw a tic-tac-toe grid.
Place your home in the center square.
Place the names of your neighbors in the surrounding squares.
(if you don’t yet know their names, write down something that identifies them.)

Pray for your neighbors

Pray daily for each neighbor in your tic-tac-toe grid:
that God would give them what they need each day,
that God would protect them from fear and the coronavirus,
that God would work through the circumstances of their lives
so that they are open to following Jesus,
that God would give you opportunities to invite them
to follow Jesus with you.

Serve your neighbors

Look for opportunities to serve your neighbors.
If they have a need that you cannot meet, 
reply to this email and the deacons will be notified 
and if appropriate they will be added to the prayer chain. 

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