Sunday, 28 April 2019 – Second Sunday of Easter, Year C

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs.

Altar colour: White

Orders of service:

You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

Easter Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
Service orders with holy communion

Servic e with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ ppt)

Sermons

The sermons below have all been edited for lay-reading:
Based on the first reading:  edited for lay reading sermon – acts 5 27-32 – year c – easter2
Based on the second reading:  Edited for Lay-Reading_Pr Vince Gerhardy
Based on the Gospel: Edited for Lay-Reading_Pr Tim Ebbs; Edited for Lay-Reading_Pr Joshua Pfeiffer ;   Edited for Lay-Reading_Pr Vince Gerhardy ; sermon – john 20 24-29 – year c – easter2 ;

Liturgy

Opening Sentences

On the first day of the week, Jesus came and stood among them (Alleluia).
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord (Alleluia).
(John 20:19,20 NRSV)

OR

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord God (Alleluia),
who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Alleluia).
(Rev 1:8 NRSV)

Introduction to Confession

One of the following introductions may be used before the confession of sins:

Friends in Christ:
Jesus said to the apostles:
‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them.
If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’
Therefore, let us confess our sins to God our Father
and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.

OR

Friends in Christ:
St Peter and the apostles said:
‘The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus,
and exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour
that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins.’
Therefore let us confess our sins to God our Father
and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.

Lord, Have Mercy

Let us call on the Lord, to whom we belong through our baptism.
Lord Jesus Christ, you come and stand among us:
Lord, have mercy.
You bring us your peace:
Christ, have mercy.
You send us out as your peacemakers:
Lord, have mercy.

Prayer of the Day (Collect):

Choose one of the following

Traditional
Almighty God,
grant that we who have celebrated the festival
of our Lord’s resurrection
may, by the help of your grace,
bear its fruits in our lives;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty God,
we have celebrated the festival
of our Lord’s resurrection.
Lead us, by your goodness,
to bear its fruits in our lives.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, alternative
(Let us pray that we may live the new life of Christ. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
your Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life
for all who put their trust in him.
Raise us up from the death that comes with sin,
and give us the new life of faith in Christ,
so that we may always live to please you.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, new
(Let us pray for faith in our risen Lord. [silence])
Merciful God,
your Son Jesus Christ
is the resurrection and the life,
who gives hope and joy
to those who doubt.
Give to us who do not see you
faith and life and blessing,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Easter 2, Year C

Bible readings

FIRST READING  Acts 5:27-32 The apostles boldly proclaim Jesus’ resurrection
PSALM  Psalm 118: 14-29 OR Psalm 150
*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING  Revelation 1:4-8 Every eye will see the Lord
GOSPEL   John 20:19-31 Thomas sees the risen Christ and believes
* Note that there is a script in Drama, below, for enacting the Gospel this Sunday if you wish*

Printable Formatted Readings: Word / PDF

Notes on the Readings

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
Lord Jesus, thank you for letting Thomas doubt,
and for showing yourself after your resurrection.
Strengthen our faith in you as the living Son of God.
Amen.

Offering Prayer:
Living God,
let the resurrection of your Son transform our lives.
Make us bold in serving you
and bringing your good news to other people.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Easter 2C

Additional Prayer Points

Visit the LCA International Mission website to access their prayer points, which you may like to include in the Prayer of the Church, or in your bulletin.

Resources for services with Holy Communion

Preface

It is indeed right and good,
Lord God, holy Father,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
But most of all we praise you
for the glorious resurrection of your Son,
the true Passover Lamb,
who has taken away the sin of the world.
By his death he has destroyed death,
and by his rising again he has restored life.
And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter
and all the other witnesses of the resurrection,
with earth and sea and all their creatures,
and with angels and archangels,
cherubim and seraphim,
we adore and praise your glorious name:

Communion Invitation

Jesus says: ‘Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.’
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.

Prayer After Communion

Heavenly Father,
you gave your Son to die and raised him to give us eternal life.
Grant that we who have received his body and blood
may live in him and serve you as your children.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Almighty and merciful God,
your Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life
for all who put their trust in him.
As we have received his body and blood,
raise us up from the death that comes with sin,
and give us the new life of faith in Christ,
so that we may always live to please you.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Seasonal Blessing

This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.
(May) the God of peace,
who raised from the dead our Lord Jesus,
provide you with every good thing you need in order to do his will; . . .

OR, before the blessing, this response may be used:
Look, he is coming with the clouds;
every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him.
So it is to be. Amen.

Dismissal

Go in peace, watching for the coming of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

OR

In the name of Christ. Amen.

OR

Go in peace. The Lord is risen indeed.
Thanks be to God.

OR

In the name of Christ. Amen.

VISUAL ARTS

You can access excellent examples of church art relevant to each season of the Church year, curated by the Department of Visual Arts. The image on the traditional slides below feature the work of Jan Kaesler. The photographs on the other slides were sourced from Unsplash.com, and are used with permission.

Easter PPT SlideGeneral Use/Traditional / Modern
PPT Slides formatted for older versions of PPT: General Use /Traditional/Modern
Simply download your preferred slides and copy the liturgy and songs into each slide.

Other visual art resources
There are some great sites which have good quality ppt slides and images which you may find helpful:

DRAMA

‘Mega Drama’

See a drama for the day in Mega Drama  resources (Openbook Publishers), originally included in these worship resources when they were released on disks.

 Dramatising the readings

The readings can be read by more than one person to make the dramatic meaning of the text clearer. For instance, the first reading could be read by three readers: narrator, high priest, and Peter; and the gospel from John could be read by four readers: narrator (the pastor), Jesus, a disciple, and Thomas. Alternatively, enact the Gospel using this script.

Play scripts and scores for a range of skits may be downloaded at a small cost from Our Saviour Lutheran Church Aberfoyle Park. There are a number of websites where you can source good quality short films for use in worship service, including: The Skit Guys

MUSIC AND SONG

Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH

First reading: Acts 5:27-32
LHS

90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
91    Christ the Lord is risen today G4
112    Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3
122    O Holy Ghost, Thou gift divine* G5

AT

67    Let your Word fill my days
168    Hear our prayer
252    He is exalted
343    Jesus, come and stand among us

TIS

365    Christ the Lord is risen again
373    Hail, our once despised Jesus

Second reading: Revelation 1:4-8
LHS

169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
469    Come, ye people, rise and sing* G4
735    Jesus comes with clouds descending G7

AT

163    Glory, hallelujah

TIS

142    Glory be to God the Father
273    Lo! He comes with clouds descending
378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
469    This is the truth we hold
520    Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
718    Glory to the Kings of kings
740    O, how good is Christ the Lord

Gospel :John 20:19-31
LHS

76    Gathered here, O gracious Lord and Saviour* G8
99    Welcome, Thou Victor in the strife* G6
113    Crown Him with many crowns (esp vv 1,3,4) G5
128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
131    Holy Ghost with light divine* G5
513    Peace to soothe all grief and woe G5
528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5
765    O sons and daughters, let us sing G8
770    Yours is the glory G6
803    Peace with the Father G7

AT

148    Born for resurrection
150    Sing a new song
235    In your hand, my Saviour
240    My peace I give
305    Thuma mina
343    Jesus, come and stand among us
406    Peace

TIS

210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
228    Crown him with many crowns
360    Part 2. That Eastertide with joy was bright
363    My daughters and my sons, hear tell (vv 1,6-8)
380    Yours be the glory
388    Easter glory fills the skies (vv 1,6,7,8)
401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
466    Peace with the Father
605    I am alone, yet not alone
623    Lord Christ, true peace of all above
635    ’Forgive our sins as we forgive’
649    These things did Thomas count as real
749    Thuma mina

PSALM 118
See Easter Day for musical settings of this Psalm

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 118 p201

PSALM 150
Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings: Psalm 150 p250

OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC
While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.
Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
Metrical Psalms
by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

CHILDREN

In addition to the Children’s Address, you can find many useful resources to support children and families on the  Grow Ministries website.

‘COME AND SEE JESUS’

The Come and See Jesus curriculum published by Openbook Publishers has a wealth of material and ideas that may be adapted for use in worship. Please note that a new edition of this material is now available for the Revised Common Lectionary. The story for the Second Sunday of Easter in year C is: Peter’s escape from prison (Acts 12:1-17)  (to be found in both the original edition and the RCL edition Series C for 2 Easter).

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