Prepare for Worship
April 30 – Third Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35.
This Sunday we listen to the familiar story about the disciples on the road to Emmaus, too distracted by their own grief, sorrow and disappointment to see Jesus as he walked alongside them. As Jesus broke the bread and poured the wine, their eyes were opened to the reality of Jesus’ presence. Each week as we gather around the Lord’s table, we open ourselves to the hope-filled presence of Jesus.
Hymns: “The Day of Resurrection” (361); “Alleluia! Jesus is Risen” (377); “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing” (385).
Cathedral Choir: “Day of Arising,” arr. by David Cherwien.
May 7 – Fourth Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10.
The fourth Sunday of Easter is often recognized as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” These lessons point to Jesus as the one who brings his people into new life, renewing and sustaining them through the waters of baptism and at his table of grace. Just as the sheep recognize the shepherd’s voice, we listen to the truth of God’s Word and are sent forth to bear witness to the resurrection.
Hymns: All People That on Earth Do Dwell” (883); “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” (502); “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” (789).
Cathedral Choir: “He Never Failed Me Yet,” Robert Ray.
May 14 – Fifth Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14.
We hear the words, “Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life” in John’s Gospel today. As we continue our 50 days of the Easter celebration, we hear Jesus’ comforting words – that he will go before us to prepare a place for us in the house of God. Through baptism, we are called to bear witness to Jesus’ mission in the world. In First Peter, we are reminded that we are, in word and deed, called out of darkness to live in the light of the resurrection.
Hymns: “Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!” (377); “Sing With All the Saints in Glory” (426); “Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing!” (389).
Cathedral Choir: “The Call,” Z. Randall Stroope; “Unclouded Day,” arranged by Kirschner.
May 21 – Sixth Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21.
Even on the day of his arrest, Jesus promises that we will not be alone; the Holy Spirit will be our guide and comforter. During these 50 days of Easter which lead to Pentecost, we remember that Christ, risen from the dead, dwells within us as the Spirit of truth. Through the means of grace, we are strengthened to be Christ’s body sent forth into the world.
Hymns: “Come, Thou Almighty King” (408); “Come Down, O Love Divine” (804); “Go, My Children, With My Blessing” (543).
Cathedral Choir: “If Ye Love Me,” Thomas Tallis.
May 28 – Seventh Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11.
Like the disciples gathered in the upper room, we pray and wait for theHoly Spirit to transform the church throughout the world. Where there are divisions and fractures, we seek to bring about the unity God intends for the church. In John’s Gospel, we hear Jesus’ prayer for unity among those who would continue his work throughout the world.
Hymns: “Alleluia, Sing to Jesus” (392); “I Come With Joy” (482); “Crown Him With Many Crowns” (855).
Cathedral Choir: “With a Voice of Singing,” Martin Shaw.