Sunday 20 April, 2014 – Easter Day, Year A

A blessed Easter to you! 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 10:34-43 Summary of Jesus’ life and ministry
    OR Jeremiah 31:1-6 God will rebuild Jerusalem
    PSALM Psalm 118: 1,2,14-24*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Colossians 3:1-4 Your life is hidden with Christ in God
    OR (if not used as the first reading) Acts 10:34-43 Summary of Jesus’ life and ministry
    GOSPEL John 20:1-18 Mary finds the tomb empty and Jesus appears to her
    OR Matthew 28:1-10 The first Easter morning
  • 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 of Matthew: edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 28 1-10 – year a – easter day ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on gospel of John: Pr Mark Greenthaner ; Pr David Christian ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 20 1-18 – year a b c – easter day , sermon – john 20 11-18 – year a b c – easter day
  • Orders of service:
    Sunday Word & Prayer- Easter Day A ( 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
    For a dawn service
    Traditional
    O God,
    since you gave your only Son, Jesus Christ,
    to suffer death upon the cross
    for our redemption,
    and to deliver us from the power of the enemy
    by his glorious resurrection:
    Grant us so to die daily to sin,
    so that we may live forever with him
    who died and rose again for us,
    and who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and for ever.
    Amen

    OR, modernised traditional
    O God,
    you gave your only Son, Jesus Christ,
    to redeem us by dying on the cross,
    and to rescue us from the power of the enemy
    by rising from the dead.
    With each new day,
    put to death everything that is sinful in us,
    so that we may live forever with him
    who died and rose again for us,
    and who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and for ever.
    Amen.

    For the main service of the day
    Traditional
    Almighty God,
    since you have overcome sin and death
    by the death of your Son,
    and have restored innocence and eternal life
    by his resurrection,
    so that we may be delivered from the power of the devil
    and live in your kingdom:
    Grant that we may confidently believe this
    and always praise you with our whole heart;
    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,
    you have overcome sin and death
    through the death of your Son,
    and have brought forgiveness and eternal life
    through his resurrection.
    Help us confidently to believe this
    and always praise you with our whole heart.
    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, another traditional
    Almighty God,
    you have overcome death
    through your Son Jesus Christ,
    and have opened for us
    the gate to eternal life.
    As you give us good desires,
    help us continually
    to bring them to good effect.
    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 (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray that we rejoice in Christ’s victory. [silence])
    Everliving God,
    we thank you that you have overcome
    the old powers of sin and death
    through the mighty resurrection of your Son,
    and have made all things new in him.
    Make us dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

  • Prayer after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
    Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for rising from death.
    Let us share in your new life forever.
    Amen.
  • Offering Prayer
    Everliving God,
    let the resurrection of your Son
    fill us with hope and joy.
    May our lives and our gifts
    help to bring your new life to others.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Easter Day A
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures and Psalm 118:19
  • 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 (a):Acts 10:34-43
    LHS

    16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6 (vv 1,2,4,5)
    90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
    232    Rise, Thou light of gentile nations* G4
    761    Christ is alive! Let Christians sing G3
    791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5
    AT
    61    Hallelujah my Father
    125    Man more than man
    133    When Jesus came to earth from heaven
    227    Allelu!
    TIS
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    355    Man more than man
    365    Christ the Lord is risen again
    383    Joyful the morning when Jesus is risen!
    387    Christ is alive ! Let Christians sing

    First reading (b): Jeremiah 31:1-6
    LHS

    394    God is love: let heaven adore Him G9
    439    I will sing my Maker’s praises G5
    791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5
    AT
    24    God’s love
    465    How deep is the love of my Lord
    TIS
    139    O love of God, how strong and true
    153    God is love, let heaven adore him
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
    232    O the deep, deep love of Jesus

    Second reading (a): Colossians 3:1-4
    LHS

    95    He is risen, He is risen* G3
    102    Hallelujah, hallelujah!* G5
    177    O my Saviour, lifted G5
    479    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives* G5
    763    Now is eternal life (alt tune 176, G9)
    847    The Lamb’s high banquet called to share (alt tune 839, G7)
    862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
    AT
    101    Jesus, please watch over us
    171    Dying you destroyed our death
    264    Spirit of God
    276    Into your death
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    393    Real food, real drink
    TIS
    366    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives
    379    He is risen, he is risen
    385    Now is eternal life
    475    If we had died to ourselves in Jesus (v 4)
    600    O my Saviour, lifted
    673    I set the Lord before my eyes

    Second reading (b): Acts 10:34-43
    As for first reading (a) above

    Gospel (a): John 20:1-18
    LHS

    From the Easter sections, especially the following:
    88    Jesus Christ is risen today G5
    89    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands* G5
    90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
    91    Christ the Lord is risen today G4
    92    Christ the Lord is risen today G in STJ (alt tune 88, add alleluias, G5)
    96    Ere yet the dawn has filled the skies G8
    97    The strife is o’er G5
    101    Jesus lives! thy terrors now * G5
    105    Good Christian men, rejoice and sing * G5
    479    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives * G5
    764    Now the green blade rises GS
    766    The Son is up GS
    768    We welcome glad Easter GS
    770    Yours is the glory G6
    AT
    15    Love has come again
    26    He is Lord
    160    Resurrection shout
    179    Come let us eat
    263    Singing all praises (v 3)
    312    Celebrate
    346    Jesus is alive today
    437    I have seen the Lord
    531    How the world was won
    544   Christ is risen from the dead
    545   Easter Alleluia
    556   Singing Hallelujah!
    TIS
    361    The day of resurrection
    362    Jesus Christ is risen today
    364    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands
    365    Christ the Lord is risen again
    366    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives
    367    The strife is past, the battle done
    368    This is the day the Lord has made
    370    Christ the Lord is risen today
    372    Jesus lives! your terrors now
    375    Come let us with the Lord arise
    379    He is risen, he is risen!
    380    Yours be the glory
    382    Now the green blade rises
    388    Easter glory fills the sky (vv 1-4,7,8)
    391    Come God’s people, sing for joy (baptism)
    660    Myrrh-bearing Mary

    Gospel (b): Matthew 28:1–10
    LHS

    As for Gospel (a)
    AT
    As for Gospel (a) plus
    452    Why do you look among the dead?
    TIS
    As for Gospel (a) plus
    360    Light’s reddening dawn gleams through the sky (Pt 1)
    363    My daughters and my sons hear tell (vv 1,2,3)
    389    Hear the bells ringing

    PSALM 118:1,2,14-24
    TIS 74, Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, is a version of Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23,24.
    OR
    Use the energetic ‘Psallite Deo/This is the day the Lord has made’ in Music from Taize, Volume II, page 51. A strong cantor is required for this.
    OR
    ATN 2 is a paraphrase of Psalm 118:24 and may be used for the psalm.
    OR
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 118 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘St Denio’ (LHS 768, TIS 143). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    verses 1-2,14
    Give thanks to the Lord, for his goodness and love.
    ‘His love is forever’, let Israel say:
    The Lord is my strength, my salvation and might,
    the homes of the righteous are filled with glad songs.

    verses 15-16
    ‘How bold and how brave is the power of the Lord;
    so high and exalted, the power of the Lord!
    The power of the Lord has brought vict’ry to us!
    So mighty in battle, so steadfast in love!’

    verse 17-18
    So I shall not die – no, I’m sure I will live
    to tell of the Lord and the things he has done.
    And, though I was punished, because of my sin,
    he did not forsake me or leave me to die.

    verses 19-21
    So open the door of the temple to me,
    and let me go in to give thanks to the Lord.
    The righteous shall enter the door of the Lord.
    ‘My saving God, thank you for hearing my prayer.’

    verses 22-24
    The stone that the buiders rejected is now
    the chief cornerstone of the temple of God.
    The Lord God has done this, a marvellous sight,
    The Lord made this day, let’s rejoice and be glad.

    NEW! For congregations who use Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings in their services, you can download printable  antiphons for the congregation to use here: p 198

    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.

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