Sunday 3 April, 2016 – Second Sunday of Easter, Year C

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 5:27-32 The apostles boldly proclaim Jesus’ resurrection
    PSALM Psalm 118: 14-29 OR Psalm 150 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Revelation 1:4-8 Every eye will see the Lord
    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 Acts reading: Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – acts 5 27-32 – year c – easter2
    Based on gospel: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; sermon – john 20 24-29 – year c – easter2 ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Opening Sentences:
    On the first day of the week, Jesus came and stood among them (Alleluia).
    The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord (Alleluia).
    (John 20:19,20 NRSV)

    OR
    ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord God (Alleluia),
    who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Alleluia).
    (Rev 1:8 NRSV)

  • 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)
    Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Traditional
    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

  • 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.
    Amen.

  • 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.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Easter 2C
  • 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 and merciful God,
    your Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life
    for all who put their trust in him.
    As we have received his body and blood,
    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.
    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; . . .

    OR, before the blessing, this response may be used:
    Look, he is coming with the clouds;
    every eye will see him,
    even those who pierced him.
    So it is to be. Amen.

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace, watching for the coming of the Lord.
    Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

    OR
    Go in peace. The Lord is risen indeed.
    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 5:27-32
    LHS

    90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
    91    Christ the Lord is risen today G4
    112    Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3
    122    O Holy Ghost, Thou gift divine* G5
    AT
    67    Let your Word fill my days
    168    Hear our prayer
    252    He is exalted
    343    Jesus, come and stand among us
    TIS
    365    Christ the Lord is risen again
    373    Hail, our once despised Jesus

    Second reading: Revelation 1:4-8
    LHS

    169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
    469    Come, ye people, rise and sing* G4
    735    Jesus comes with clouds descending G7
    AT
    163    Glory, hallelujah
    TIS
    142    Glory be to God the Father
    273    Lo! He comes with clouds descending
    378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
    469    This is the truth we hold
    520    Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
    718    Glory to the Kings of kings
    740    O, how good is Christ the Lord

    Gospel :John 20:19-31
    LHS

    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
    AT
    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
    TIS
    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 118
    See Easter Day for musical settings of this Psalm

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 118 p201

    PSALM 150
    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings: Psalm 150 p250

  • 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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