Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Joshua 10:16-27, and 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
While the discount stores are selling Easter decorations for 50-70% off, the Church’s Easter celebration is just getting underway. The Season of Easter begins on Easter Sunday and lasts until Pentecost. It is the oldest celebration of the church year, and one of the most important.
Paul writes to the church in Corinth that they should not live as they did before becoming believers (what he refers to as “old leaven”), but should live in the newness of Christ. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again! We should work to lead sinless lives, and not make the same mistakes as before.
Take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice you can offer to God. Worship is a sacrifice. Too many times we think that church is for us – our wants, our blessings, our desires – when actually it’s for God. Ask God to show you what sacrifices you should be making. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with awe the Paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.