Sunday 27 April, 2014 – Second Sunday of Easter, Year A

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 2:14a, 22-32 Peter gives witness that God raised Jesus
    PSALM Psalm 16*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Peter 1:3-9 New birth through the resurrection of Christ
    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 all readings: Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on gospel: edited for lay reading sermon – john 20 19-31 – year a – easter 2 , sermon – john 20 19-31 – year b – easter 2 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy; Pr Simon Cooper
  • 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
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Easter 2A
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures and Psalm 16:11a
  • 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 2:14a, 22-32

    88    Jesus Christ is risen today G5
    89    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands* G5
    92    Christ the Lord is risen today
    97    The strife is o’er, the battle done GS
    386    In thee is gladness* G7
    763    Now is eternal life (alt tune 176, G9)
    256    I will exalt you
    263    Singing all praises (v 3)
    364    In you is gladness
    192    Christ is the world’s redeemer
    200    In you is gladness
    245    We have a gospel to proclaim
    362    Jesus Christ is risen today
    364    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands
    367    The strife is past, the battle done
    370    Christ the Lord is risen today
    385    Now is eternal life

    Second reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9

    95    He is risen, He is risen* G3
    99    Welcome, Thou Victor in the strife* G6
    100    Awake, my heart, rejoicing* G5
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    764    Now the green blade rises GS
    767    This joyful Eastertide G7
    852    God loved the world so that he gave G5
    15    Love has come again
    61    Hallelujah, my Father
    150    Sing a new song unto the Lord
    421    Born forever
    114    Blessed be the everlasting God
    118    We give immortal praise
    189    Glory to our boundless God
    202    I know that my Redeemer
    375    Come, let us with our Lord arise
    379    He is risen, he is risen
    381    This joyful Eastertide
    382    Now the green blade rises
    385    Now is eternal life
    488    Now in the name of him who sent
    489    We know that Christ is raised and dies no more
    637    Lord of the living, in your name assembled (funeral)

    Gospel :John 20:19-31

    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
    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
    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 16
    The following paraphrase by David Schütz may be sung to the tune: ‘Now thank we all our God’, LH 437, TIS 101. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Protect me, Lord my God,
    in you I find my refuge.
    I say, ‘You are my Lord;
    I’ve no good thing without you.’
    And as for all your saints,
    the righteous in the land,
    they are the noble ones
    in whom is my delight.

    Those who choose other gods
    will end their days in sorrow.
    I will not speak their names,
    or share in their blood off’rings.
    The Lord maintains my lot,
    my portion and my cup.
    My future’s safe in him,
    my heritage is good.

    I bless the Lord my God,
    who always gives me counsel.
    At night he teaches me
    and guides my heart to wisdom.
    I let God lead the way,
    and follow in his steps.
    With God close by my side,
    I never will be moved.

    Therefore my heart is glad,
    in you my soul rejoices.
    My body rests secure,
    when death and grave seem final.
    For you won’t give me up
    nor let me see decay.
    You show the path of life
    to joy with you always.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 16 p21 , Psalm 16 p22 , Psalm 16 p23

    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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