Sunday 22 April, 2012- Third Sunday of Easter, Year B

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

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Acts 3:12-19 Peter’s message in the temple
    PSALM Psalm 4*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 John 3:1-7 We are children of God
    GOSPEL Luke 24:36b-48 Christ has fulfilled the scriptures
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon

    Based on gospel : Pr David Christian ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 3 12-19 – year b – easter 3
  • Orders of service:
    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)
  • 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.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:Prayer of the Church – Easter 3B
  • Offering Prayer:
    Heavenly Father,
    thank you for raising your Son from death,
    and for reassuring us of his presence with us.
    Help us to live as your children,
    and use us to bring your new life to other people.
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • 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 3:12-19

    100    Awake, my heart, rejoicing* G5
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
    161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
    311    O faithful God, we worship Thee
    452    O bless the Lord, my soul
    274    In Jesus’ name
    398    A child of God
    64    O bless the Lord, my soul
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

    Second reading: 1 John 3:1-7

    265    How blest are they who hear God’s Word* G3
    323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
    398    Lord Jesus, think on me G5
    468    O praise ye the Lord
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    12    We are heirs of the Father
    398    A child of God
    534   I always will love you
    96    Sing praise to the Lord
    115    Behold the amazing gift of love
    118    We give immortal praise
    164    The great love of God
    546    Lord Jesus, think on me

    Gospel: Luke 24:36b-48

    90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
    99    Welcome, Thou victor in the strife* G6
    104    Awake, my heart, thy praises sing* G5
    221    Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word* G5
    769    With high delight let us unite G7
    148    Born for resurrection
    240    My peace I give
    343    Jesus come and stand among us
    406    Peace
    198    I greet you, my Redeemer sure
    360    Part 2. That Eastertide with joy was bright
    365    Christ the Lord is risen again
    424    Christians, lift up your hearts (v 2 baptism, v 3 holy communion)
    450    Spread, O spread, almighty word
    529    By your priestly power, O risen Lord (holy communion)

    PSALM 4

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 4 p7 , Psalm 4 p8

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