Sunday 19 April, 2015 – 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
  • NEW! Opening sentences:
    See what love the Father has given us (Alleluia),
    that we should be called children of God (Alleluia);
    when he is revealed, we will be like him (Alleluia),
    for we will see him as he is. (Alleluia.) (1 John 3:1a,2b NRSV)

    OR
    Thus it is written,
    that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day (Alleluia),
    and that repentance and forgiveness of sins
    is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations. (Alleluia.)
    (Luke 24:46,47 NRSV)

  • 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 ; NEW Pr Andrew Brook ; NEW Pr Roger Atze
    Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 3 12-19 – year b – easter 3
    Based on second reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 john 3 1-7 – 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)
    Service orders with holy communion
    Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Traditional
    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

  • 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 appearing to your disciples
    and explaining the Scriptures.
    Make us witnesses of your new life.
    Amen.
  • 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.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Easter 3B
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    SEASONAL PREFACE
    It is indeed right and good,
    Lord God, holy Father,
    that we should at all times and in all places
    give thanks to you,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    But most of all we praise you
    for the glorious resurrection of your Son,
    the true Passover Lamb,
    who has taken away the sin of the world.
    By his death he has destroyed death,
    and by his rising again he has restored life.
    And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter
    and all the other witnesses of the resurrection,
    with earth and sea and all their creatures,
    and with angels and archangels,
    cherubim and seraphim,
    we adore and praise your glorious name:

    COMMUNION INVITATION
    Jesus says: ‘Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.’
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
    The following variation of the post-communion prayer may be used during Easter.

    Heavenly Father,
    you gave your Son to die and raised him to give us eternal life.
    Grant that we who have received his body and blood
    may live in him and serve you as your children.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Almighty and merciful God,
    you made the disciples glad
    by the sight of the risen Lord.
    As he has come to us in this meal,
    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.
    Amen.

    SEASONAL BLESSING
    This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.

    (May) the God of peace,
    who raised from the dead our Lord Jesus,
    provide you with every good thing you need
    in order to do his will; . . .

    DISMISSAL

    Go in peace. You are the children of God.
    Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

  • 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 3:12-19
    LHS

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

    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 (see TIS 546)
    468    O praise ye the Lord (mod TIS 96)
    805    We are heirs of the Father GS
    AT
    12    We are heirs of the Father
    398    A child of God
    534   I always will love you
    TIS
    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
    LHS

    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 (mod TIS 450)
    769    With high delight let us unite G7
    AT
    148    Born for resurrection
    240    My peace I give
    343    Jesus come and stand among us
    406    Peace
    TIS
    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
    TIS 2, When I call, answer me, is  a setting of Psalm 4.

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

  • 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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