Sunday 16 April, 2017 – Easter Day, Year A

A blessed Easter to you! 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 10:34-43 Summary of Jesus’ life and ministry
OR Jeremiah 31:1-6 God will rebuild Jerusalem
PSALM Psalm 118: 1,2,14-24*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Colossians 3:1-4 Your life is hidden with Christ in God
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 Matthew 28:1-10 The first Easter morning

Notes on the readings:
ACTS 10:34-43: This is the first sermon preached to non-Jews, Gentiles in the home of the Roman centurion Cornelius. The account we have is no doubt a brief digest of Peter’s address. It is a comprehensive summary of the apostles’ message and covers the Lord’s ministry to humankind from the time of his baptism through to the day of judgment. Note that the importance of the resurrection and its witness by those chosen is based on the bodily proofs given the apostles. While Jesus is unequivocally ordained as final judge, yet his essential teaching is centred on forgiveness. The seeming creedal nature of the section is belied by the very personal and radical application Peter makes to the impartiality of God to include Gentiles in this salvation, which is universally offered.

JEREMIAH 31:1-6: While this section of Jeremiah’s prophecy deals with God’s restoration of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, the chapters into which it fits speak of all the people of God captive in Babylonia, and beyond into the church of the New Testament. Just as God rescued the people from Egypt and cared for them in the desert, so also through his forgiveness there will be a fruitful return to the blessings once enjoyed in Samaria. Jesus’ ministry with the gospel in Samaria was emblematic of the free salvation which restores sinners of all nations of the earth to joy of worship and service together with the Spirit of the only true God.

COLOSSIANS 3:1-4: Being raised with Christ (in baptism we both died and rose together with Christ) clearly means a transformation of one’s thinking and practice in living. The Christian’s spiritual life is to be consistent with the glory in which Christ our Lord lives together with the Father. While this glory is presently unseen by the world, yet when ultimately the Lord returns in glory then that same glory will be seen also in his believers.

JOHN 20:1-18: One of the strong indications as to the truth of the bodily resurrection of Jesus is the slowness of his immediate and best known friends and followers to believe that it had really happened. This is despite the repeated predictions of their Lord before his death. Peter and John did not believe the women, but did believe when they saw the manner in which the burial cloths lay collapsed in the tomb. They believed even though they had not yet comprehended the deep underlying prophetic reasons why he must rise. Mary did not recognise the Lord until he spoke personally to her. We also have believed as the Spirit has given us each personal attestation through Christ’s word.

MATTHEW 28:1-10: Matthew’s account of the resurrection of our Lord features miraculous events accompanying the supernatural appearance of the heavenly messenger to demonstrate the power of God over the human powers which were instrumental in the death of Jesus. While armed soldier guards lie prostrate in helpless fear, the faithful women (the two Marys) are invited to witness the already empty grave. They are commissioned to be the first to make known the compelling news of this central part of salvation. The risen Lord appears personally to confirm the directions of the angel concerning his prearranged meeting with the disciples in Galilee.

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 of Matthew: edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 28 1-10 – year a – easter day ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
Based on gospel of John: Pr Mark Greenthaner ; Pr David Christian ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 20 1-18 – year a b c – easter day , sermon – john 20 11-18 – year a b c – easter day
Based on Colossians reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – colossians 3 1-4 – year a – easter day

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)


Orders of service
:
Sunday Word & Prayer- Easter Day A ( 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 Easter Hymnic service (pdf / 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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia.
(Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
Alleluia.)
Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us celebrate the festival.  (1 Cor 5:7b,8a NRSV alt)
Alleluia.

OR
Alleluia.
Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
Alleluia.
The life he lives, he lives to God. (Rom 6:9,10)
Alleluia.

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: Easter Day A

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
Let us pray.
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 use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) 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.

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 and Psalm 118:19 and Colossians 3:2

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): Jeremiah 31:1-6
LHS

394    God is love: let heaven adore Him G9
439    I will sing my Maker’s praises G5
791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5
AT
24    God’s love
465    How deep is the love of my Lord
TIS
139    O love of God, how strong and true
153    God is love, let heaven adore him
194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
232    O the deep, deep love of Jesus

Second reading (a): Colossians 3:1-4
LHS

95    He is risen, He is risen* G3
102    Hallelujah, hallelujah!* G5
177    O my Saviour, lifted G5
479    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives* G5
763    Now is eternal life (alt tune 176, G9)
847    The Lamb’s high banquet called to share (alt tune 839, G7)
862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
AT
101    Jesus, please watch over us
171    Dying you destroyed our death
264    Spirit of God
276    Into your death
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
393    Real food, real drink
TIS
366    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives
379    He is risen, he is risen
385    Now is eternal life
475    If we had died to ourselves in Jesus (v 4)
600    O my Saviour, lifted
673    I set the Lord before my eyes

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): Matthew 28:1–10
LHS

As for Gospel (a)
AT
As for Gospel (a) plus
452    Why do you look among the dead?
TIS
As for Gospel (a) plus
360    Light’s reddening dawn gleams through the sky (Pt 1)
363    My daughters and my sons hear tell (vv 1,2,3)
389    Hear the bells ringing

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

Music Resources Vol. 3–  download printable  antiphons for the congregation to use here: p 198

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.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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