Sunday 4 May, 2014 – Third 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, 36-41 Three thousand people repent and are baptised
    PSALM Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Peter 1:17-23 Set free by the sacrifice of Christ
    GOSPEL Luke 24:13-35 Jesus made known in the breaking of the bread
  • 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 Tim Stringer ; Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Vince Gerhardy; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 24 25-35 – year a – 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 after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, for revealing yourself in the Scriptures
    and the breaking of the bread.
    Strengthen our faith through your word and sacraments.

  • Offering prayer
    Thank you, eternal Father,
    for setting us free through the sacrifice of your Son.
    Help us, through your great love for us,
    to love and serve one another
    and all people.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Easter 3A
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • 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, 36-41

    191    The Church’s one foundation G4
    277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4
    279    He that believes and is baptized* (alt tune 106, G3)
    302    Sinners, turn, why will you die?
    304    Delay not, delay not G7
    305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
    317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
    826    Father welcomes all his children GS
    828    I am baptised GS
    833    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ G5
    4    Father welcomes
    26    He is Lord
    129    Everyone
    299    Pour it all out, Jesus
    324    Saints of all time
    331    Turn to me with all your heart
    332    We are sorry
    421    Born forever
    457    The church’s one foundation
    479    They that believe and are baptized
    481    Baptized into your name most holy
    486    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ
    489    We know that Christ is raised and dies no more
    491    Father welcomes all his children
    740    O how good is Christ the Lord

    Second reading: 1 Peter 1:17-23

    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
    112    Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3
    156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
    271    The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
    274    Lord, Thy Word abideth G7
    300    Let me be Thine forever* G5
    327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
    335    Just as I am, without one plea G9
    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
    376    Jesus, master, whose I am
    436    Come, let us join our cheerful songs
    834    At the Lamb’s high feast we sing G3
    847    The Lamb’s high banquet called to share (alt tune 839, G7)
    61    Hallelujah, my Father
    93    Pass my love around
    145    Wondrous love
    158    Come sing our praises loud
    163    Hymn of glory
    247    Alabare, alabare
    316    From the air and from the light
    345    Nothing but the blood
    349    There is a redeemer
    204    Come let us join our cheerful songs
    208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
    249    No weight of gold or silver
    364    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands
    365    Christ the Lord is risen again
    373    Hail, our once-despised Jesus
    427    Lord, your word abiding
    533    I come with joy to meet my Lord
    584    Just as I am, without one plea

    Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

    96    Ere yet the dawn has filled the skies G4
    181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
    541    Abide with us, the day is waning
    543    Abide with me G8
    764    Now the green blade rises GS
    15    Love has come again
    26    He is Lord
    90    Father, bless us as we go
    178    Until you open my eyes
    239    Listen to him
    241    On the day of resurrection
    271    For the bread that we have eaten
    297    Let us talents and tongues employ
    304    Stay with me, I’ll stay with you
    343    Jesus come and stand among us
    437    I have seen the Lord
    254    O changeless Christ, for ever new
    285    Your coming, Lord, to earth in Bethlehem
    382    Now the green blade rises
    395    Alleluia, Christ is risen
    424    Christians, lift up your hearts
    499    Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts
    514    Be known to us in breaking bread
    524    Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest
    529    By your priestly power, O risen Lord
    537    Let us talents and tongues employ
    551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
    586    Abide with me; fast falls the eventide
    781    Father, bless us as we go

    PSALM 116
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 116:1-4,12-19 by David Schütz may be sung either to the tune Melita (LH 400, TIS 138) or to the tune of the Song of Mary in the Modern Vespers of Worship Today. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    I love the Lord! He hears my prayers,
    so all I my life I’ll call on him.
    When snares of death entangled me,
    and pangs of hell laid hold of me,
    I called upon God’s holy name:
    ‘I beg you, Lord, to save my life!’

    What shall I offer to the Lord
    for all his goodness shown to me?
    I will lift up salvation’s cup
    and call upon God’s holy name,
    I’ll keep my promises to him
    among his people gathered here.

    O Lord, how dearly you are pained
    when one of your true people dies!
    I am your slave, your slave-girl’s child,
    so, Lord, I’ll serve you all my days.
    For you have freed me from the chains
    that made me captive to the grave.

    I pay my sacrifice of thanks,
    and call upon God’s holy name.
    I pay my vows unto the Lord
    among his people gathered here,
    here in the holy house of God,
    here in your midst, Jerusalem.

    The hymns ‘What shall I give to God, my Saviour’ (LH 362 – *modernised) or ‘O fount of good, for all your love’ (LHS 816) both reflect the verses from Psalm 116 for the day, and are very appropriate for offertory songs or for singing while the offering is collected.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 116 p188 , Psalm 116 p189 , Psalm 116 p190

    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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