Sunday, 5 May 2019 – Third 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)


The following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading:
Based on the First Reading:  sermon – acts 9 1-19 – year c – easter3 ; Edited for Lay Reading_Pr Vernon Kleinig ; Edited for Lay Reading_Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Edited for Lay Reading_Pr Peter Ghalayini ;
Based on the Gospel: Edited for Lay-Reading_Pr Vernon Kleinig ; Edited for Lay-Reading_Pr Tim Ebbs ; Edited for Lay-Reading_Pr Vernon Kleinig2 ;


Opening Sentences

Christ is risen! [Alleluia!]
He is risen indeed! [Alleluia!]


Christ has trampled down death by his death. [Alleluia!]
And to us he has given eternal life. [Alleluia!]


Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain (Alleluia),
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honour and glory and praise (Alleluia)!
  (Rev 5:12 NIV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)
Choose one of the following:

O God,
since you have raised the fallen world
by the humiliation of your Son:
Grant continual gladness to your faithful people,
that those whom you have delivered
from the dangers of everlasting death
may receive from you eternal joy;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional
Lord God, your own Son was humiliated
to lift up fallen humanity
and to rescue us
from the dangers of everlasting death.
Give eternal joy to your faithful people.
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.

OR, new (revised alternative)
(Let us pray for the assurance of Christ’s presence. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
you made the disciples glad
by the sight of the risen Lord.
Remind us that he is always with us,
and that we now share in his resurrection.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address: Easter 3, Year C

Bible readings

FIRST READING Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) The conversion of Saul
PSALM Psalm 30 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Revelation 5:11-14 Worthy is the Lamb that was killed
GOSPEL John 21:1-19 Jesus and the miraculous catch of fish; words to Peter

Printable Formatted Readings  Word / PDF

Notes on the Readings Word / PDF

 Prayer After the Gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for appearing to your disciples after you were raised from death.
Nourish the new life you have given us.

Offering Prayer:
Self-giving God,
your Son gave himself as a Lamb to be sacrificed
to bring us life.
Take our lives and our gifts
and use them for your purposes.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Easter 3C

Additional Prayer Points

Visit the Mission International 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 Communion

Seasonal 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:


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

You may use this Easter post-communion prayer:

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.

Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows:

Almighty and merciful God,
you made the disciples glad
by the sight of the risen Lord.
As he has come to us in this meal,
remind us that he is always with us,
and that we now share in his resurrection.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

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, this doxology may be used before the blessing:

To the one seated on the throne
and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might
forever and ever. Amen.


Go in peace, and follow the Lord.
Thanks be to God.  OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.



You can access excellent examples of church art relevant to each season of the Church year, curated by the Department of Visual Arts.

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:


‘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 (or four) readers: narrator, voice of Jesus, Saul (, and Ananias); and the gospel could be read by four readers: narrator (the pastor), Simon Peter, and two other disciples. The second reading could also be dramatised. A narrator could read John’s part, and a voice choir could speak in unison the words of the angels and the creatures. Alternatively, a choir could sing these passages to a simple musical setting.

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


Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to download the text file) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
First reading: Acts 9:1-6(7-20)

67    And can it be, that I should gain (alt tune TIS 209)
159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5
851    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound GS
131    Amazing grace
263    Singing all praises
129    Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
209    And can it be, that I should gain
210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies

Second reading: Revelation 5:11-14

212    Lo, round the throne, a glorious band (esp vv 1,4,5) G4
436    Come, let us join our cheerful songs G8
454    Ye servants of God, your master proclaim G6
459    Worship, honour, glory, blessing G8
484    Blessed are the heirs of heaven G6
666    Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
667    Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
794    What wondrous love is this GS
145    What wondrous love is this
161    Majesty
163    Glory, halleluia
247    Alabare, alabare
443    Like an angel
142    Glory be to God the Father
189    Glory to our boundless God
204    Come, let us join our cheerful songs
215    You servants of God
237    Hail Redeemer, King divine
343    Nature with open volume stands
770    To him who sits upon the throne
772    Worship, honour, glory, blessing

Gospel: John 21:1-19

244    Lord, pour Thy Spirit from on high* G5
246    Father, be Thy blessing shed* G7
247    Thou who the night in prayer didst spend* G5
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
366    Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult G7
413    The Summons
509    You hear the lambs a-cryin’
451    Pour out your Spirit from on high
589    Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult


The following paraphrase of Psalm 30 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Bethany (‘Nearer my God to thee’, LHS 872). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

I will exalt you, Lord;
you rescued me
from the deep grave of death
that threatened me.
You did not let my foes
gloat over me in death;
I called to you for help,
you spared my life.

Sing to the Lord, you saints,
and praise his name.
Weeping may last the night,
joy comes with dawn.
His anger is so short,
his favour is so long!
So I rejoice in him,
singing my song.

Feeling secure, I said:
‘I shan’t be moved!’
But when you hid your face,
I was dismayed!
To you, O Lord, I called;
‘Have mercy!’ was my cry.
‘What gain is there for you,
if I should die?’

‘How can I praise you, Lord,
if I am dust?
How, from the grave, can I
speak of your trust?
Hear and be merciful!
O Lord, come to my aid!’
I called to God for help,
and I was saved.

You turned my mournful tears,
into a dance.
You stripped me of my grief,
robed me with joy!
I will not hold my tongue!
Now I, with all my heart,
sing songs of thanks to you,
O Lord, my God.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 30 p51 , Psalm 30 p52 , Psalm 30 p53

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