Easter Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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; Judges 4:17-23, 5:24-31a; and Luke 24:13-27
Jesus caught up with a couple of his disciples as they were walking toward Emmaus. As they walked along, they were discussing the events of the past week, and especially the past few days. Jesus had been crucified, and something had happened to the body. Mary and some others claimed he had been resurrected from the dead, but then some others said that couldn’t be true. When Jesus found them, they did not recognize him. After discovering their topic, he began to teach them what the Law and Prophets contained about his resurrection.
Worship begins with the Word of God being revealed to us. Since the earliest of times, the Church has used a basic order in worship which begins with the service of the Word. The Word is read and proclaimed to the people, who are then expected to take the Word and live it out. “Be doers of the Word, not hearers only,” James tells us (1:22).
The important part is that, now that we have heard God speaking to us, and now that we have responded with repentance, God has resurrected us from death in sin to life in Christ. We must live the life that we have promised God we would live. Take a moment to ask God to help you do that. You may find the following prayer helpful:
O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.