Holy Week and Easter Day, Year C

A blessed Easter to you! Here are the resources you need for Holy Week and Easter Day. 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.

For Maundy Thursday resources, click here.

For Good Friday resources, click here.

For Easter Sunday resources, see below.

  • Altar colour: White or Gold
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Acts 10:34-43 Summary of Jesus’ life and ministry
    OR Isaiah 65:17-25 God’s new creation
    PSALM Psalm 118: 1,2,14-24*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 Christ is the first to rise from death
    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 Luke 24:1-12 The women find the tomb empty
  • 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: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 10 38 – year c – easter1
    Based on gospel of Luke: Pr Tim Stringer , Pr Heath Pukallus ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
    Based on gospel of John: Pr Mark Greenthaner ; Pr David Christian ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 20 1-18 – year abc – easter1
    Based on 1 Corinthians reading: NEW Pr Andrew Brook
  • Opening Sentences:
    Christ is risen. (Alleluia!)
    He is risen indeed. (Alleluia!)
    He has trampled down death by his death. (Alleluia)
    He has given eternal life to us. (Alleluia)

    OR
    This is the day that the Lord has made; (Alleluia)
    let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Alleluia)  (Psalm 118:24 NRSV)

    OR
    Jesus says: I was dead, but see! I am alive forever and ever; (Alleluia)
    and I have the keys to Death and Hades. (Alleluia)  (Rev 1:18 NRSV)

  • Paschal Candle
    If the paschal candle has not been lit during the Easter vigil, it may be lit at the beginning of the service using the following responses instead of the opening sentences. Christ is risen. (Alleluia!)
    He is risen indeed. (Alleluia!)

    Christ has trampled down death by his death,
    and has brought light to those in the grave.
    And to us he has given eternal life.
    Thanks be to God.

    In the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.
    Amen.

    The paschal candle may be lit.
    Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be glad,
    and all creation, both seen and unseen, keep the feast.
    Thanks be to God.

    The candle may be lifted up.
    May the light of Christ, rising in glory,
    dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.
    Thanks be to God.

    The candle is then placed in its stand in the sanctuary.
    The light of Christ.
    Thanks be to God.

  • Orders of service:
    Sunday Word & Prayer- Easter Day C ( 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

    NEW Hymnic service with Communion – Easter Day (doc / ppt)
    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)
    Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ 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):  Prayer of the Church – Easter 1C , Prayer of the Church- Easter Day (sung)
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    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

    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.

    Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Almighty God,
    you have overcome death
    through your Son Jesus Christ,
    and have opened for us
    the gate to eternal life.
    As you have given us
    the benefits of his death and resurrection
    in this sacrament,
    help us continually
    to bring them to good effect 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.

    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, as witnesses of the risen Lord.
    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 (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):Isaiah 65:17-25
    LHS


    AT

    TIS
    489    We know that Christ is raised and dies no more (baptism)

    Second reading (a): 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
    LHS

    90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
    91    Christ the Lord is risen today G4
    93    Christ is arisen G8
    95    He is risen, He is risen* G3
    99    Welcome, Thou Victor in the strife* G6
    100    Awake, my heart, rejoicing* G5
    101    Jesus lives! Thy terrors now* G5
    102    Hallelujah, hallelujah* G5
    479    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives* G5
    762    Make songs of joy to Christ, our head G8
    767    This joyful Eastertide G7
    769    With high delight let us unite G7
    AT
    171    Dying you destroyed our death
    TIS
    141    Praise to the holiest in the height
    216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
    359    Alleluia (v 4)
    365    Christ the Lord is risen again
    366    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives
    372    Jesus lives! Your terrors now
    379    He is risen, he is risen!
    381    This joyful Eastertide
    386    By your kingly power, O risen Lord
    388    Easter glory fills the sky
    489    We know that Christ is raised and dies no more
    543    God’s Paschal Lamb is sacrificed for us (esp vv 2,3)

    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): Luke 24:1-12

    As for (a), plus:
    LHS

    AT
    452    Why do you look among the dead
    TIS
    360    Light’s reddening dawn gleams through the sky
    363    My daughters and my sons hear tell (vv 1,2,3)

    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 builders rejected is now
    the chief cornerstone of the temple of God.
    The Lord God has done this, a marvelous sight,
    The Lord made this day, let’s rejoice and be glad.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 118 p197 , Psalm 118 p198 , Psalm 118 p200

  • 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.
    Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
    Metrical Psalms
    by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

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