Online Worship

In a time of social distancing, we invite you to find how the Risen Christ is present around you through the 50-day Easter Season.

This worship combines selected Stations of the Resurrection with found items to walk you through an Easter encounter. The stations are self-paced; you may decide to do them all at once, you may decide to complete a few at a time throughout the week, you may choose to go through this encounter several times.

A complementary video with readings, prayers, and songs is available with each station. You may print this page to guide you as well.  We invite you to share photos along your journey by tagging @UCMtxstate.

It is our prayer that while we are physically apart, this time of reflection will bring us spiritually closer.

THE EMPTY TOMB

Station 1 - EXPLORE ONLINE STATION

FIND: Empty Box (or backpack) with stone set to the side 

READ: Mark 16:1-6 while feeling the emptiness of the box 

RESPOND: Sing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”

REFLECT: How are you making space in your life for God new thing?

PRAY: Jesus, we come to Easter full of expectations and hopes. Feel us to let go, to create space for you, and to welcome your new thing in our life. Amen. 

JESUS GREETS MARY

Station 2 - EXPLORE ONLINE STATION

FIND: Flowers

READ: John 20:15-16 and notice the pattern of the flower

RESPOND: Sing “Raise a Hallelujah”

REFLECT: When was God working in your life even though you didn’t  recognize it at first?

PRAY: Lord, you are planting new life all around us. Grow our seeds of faith and make them blossom in your love. Amen.

JESUS MEETS TWO FOLLOWERS

Station 3 - EXPLORE ONLINE STATION

FIND: Find a piece of bread (or cracker).

READ: Luke 24:13-16; 28-31 as you break and eat the bread 

RESPOND:  Sing “Beautiful”

REFLECT: When has God surprised you?  

PRAY: Risen Christ, we assume things work according to our  own plans. Open our eyes to the surprising way you are  at work in our lives. Amen.

JESUS GREETS THE DISCIPLES

Station 4 - EXPLORE ONLINE STATION

FIND: Pictures of your friends

READ: John 24:36-40 and pray for your friends by name

RESPOND:  Sing “Come as you are”

REFLECT: What is it like when you see a good friend you haven’t seen in a while?  

PRAY: Jesus, you call us your friend and give us blessings of peace. Help us celebrate your amazing presence.  Amen.

JESUS SHARES THE SPIRIT 

Station 5 - EXPLORE ONLINE STATION

FIND: Cup of hot tea

READ: John 20:19-20 while smelling and sipping hot tea

RESPOND: Sing “Holy Spirit”

REFLECT: What gifts and talents has God given you?

PRAY: Resurrected Lord, pour your Holy Spirit into me so that  I may pour blessings of your peace into others. Amen. 

JESUS COMMISSIONS THE APOSTLES 

Station 6 - EXPLORE ONLINE STATION

FIND: Glass of water

READ: Matthew 28:18-20 and pour water of your hands as you remember your baptism

RESPOND: Sing “Wild River”

REFLECT: How is God call you to use your gifts and talents?

PRAY: Jesus, guide me to invite others to experience new life found as one of your disciples. Amen.

JESUS SENDS IN THE HOLY SPIRIT 

Station 7- EXPLORE ONLINE STATION

FIND: Map

READ: Acts 1:6-8 and pray for places on a map

RESPOND: Sing “Your Love is Alive.” Take a neighborhood walk and pray for each home.  

REFLECT: Where is God guiding you to use your gifts and talents?

PRAY: Risen Christ, lead me to places near and far where I can share your love and gift of new life. Amen.

 

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