Sunday 10 April, 2016 – Third 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 9:1-6 (7-20) The conversion of Saul
    PSALM Psalm 30 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Revelation 5:11-14 Worthy is the Lamb that was killed
    GOSPEL John 21:1-19 Jesus and the miraculous catch of fish; words to Peter
  • 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 9 1-19 – year c – easter3 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on gospel: Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 21 1-17 – year c – easter3
  • Opening Sentences:
    Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain (Alleluia),
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honour and glory and praise (Alleluia)! 
    (Rev 5:12 NIV)
  • 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
    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.
    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.

  • 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 after you were raised from death.
    Nourish the new life you have given us.
  • Offering Prayer:
    Self-giving God,
    your Son gave himself as a Lamb to be sacrificed
    to bring us life.
    Take our lives and our gifts
    and use them for your purposes.
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):  Prayer of the Church – Easter 3C
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    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.

    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.

    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,
    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.

    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, this doxology may be used before the blessing:
    To the one seated on the throne
    and to the Lamb
    be blessing and honour and glory and might
    forever and ever. Amen.

    Go in peace, and follow the 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: Acts 9:1-6(7-20)
    67    And can it be, that I should gain (alt tune TIS 209)
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
    528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5
    851    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound GS
    131    Amazing grace
    263    Singing all praises
    129    Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
    209    And can it be, that I should gain
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    212    Christ, whose glory fills the skiesSecond reading: Revelation 5:11-14
    212    Lo, round the throne, a glorious band (esp vv 1,4,5) G4
    436    Come, let us join our cheerful songs G8
    454    Ye servants of God, your master proclaim G6
    459    Worship, honour, glory, blessing G8
    484    Blessed are the heirs of heaven G6
    666    Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
    667    Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
    794    What wondrous love is this GS
    145    What wondrous love is this
    161    Majesty
    163    Glory, halleluia
    247    Alabare, alabare
    443    Like an angel
    142    Glory be to God the Father
    189    Glory to our boundless God
    204    Come, let us join our cheerful songs
    215    You servants of God
    237    Hail Redeemer, King divine
    343    Nature with open volume stands
    770    To him who sits upon the throne
    772    Worship, honour, glory, blessing

    Gospel: John 21:1-19

    244    Lord, pour Thy Spirit from on high* G5
    246    Father, be Thy blessing shed* G7
    247    Thou who the night in prayer didst spend* G5
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    366    Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult G7
    413    The Summons
    509    You hear the lambs a-cryin’
    451    Pour out your Spirit from on high
    589    Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult

    This hymn, by William A Percy, may be found in the Lutheran Book of Worship, no. 449, and is directly based on the gospel for today. The hymn is not easy to sing, and is also under copyright, but it may make a very suitable piece for a choir or a cantor to sing after the gospel.

    This song is available in Sing to Jesus, no. 186. It is based on Peter’s denial and Jesus’ call to feed his sheep.

    PSALM 30
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 30 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Bethany (‘Nearer my God to thee’, LHS 872). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    I will exalt you, Lord;
    you rescued me
    from the deep grave of death
    that threatened me.
    You did not let my foes
    gloat over me in death;
    I called to you for help,
    you spared my life.

    Sing to the Lord, you saints,
    and praise his name.
    Weeping may last the night,
    joy comes with dawn.
    His anger is so short,
    his favour is so long!
    So I rejoice in him,
    singing my song.

    Feeling secure, I said:
    ‘I shan’t be moved!’
    But when you hid your face,
    I was dismayed!
    To you, O Lord, I called;
    ‘Have mercy!’ was my cry.
    ‘What gain is there for you,
    if I should die?’

    ‘How can I praise you, Lord,
    if I am dust?
    How, from the grave, can I
    speak of your trust?
    Hear and be merciful!
    O Lord, come to my aid!’
    I called to God for help,
    and I was saved.

    You turned my mournful tears,
    into a dance.
    You stripped me of my grief,
    robed me with joy!
    I will not hold my tongue!
    Now I, with all my heart,
    sing songs of thanks to you,
    O Lord, my God.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 30 p51 , Psalm 30 p52 , Psalm 30 p53

    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.

1 comment to Sunday 10 April, 2016 – Third Sunday of Easter, Year C

  • Russell Briese

    While I appreciate your efforts to connect the lectionary to the readings, at this time of the church year, when we are celebrating the resurrection of Christ, one would imagine Easter hymns and songs should be on our lips and thus highlighted by this resource. Just a thought!