Sunday 7 April, 2013- 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. 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 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
  • 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 Acts reading: Pr Tim Stringer
    Based on gospel: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; sermon – john 20 24-29 – year c – easter2
  • 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
    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.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Easter 2C
  • 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.
  • 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 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

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