Sunday 23 April, 2017 – Second Sunday of Easter, Year A

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 2:14a, 22-32 Peter gives witness that God raised Jesus
PSALM Psalm 16*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Peter 1:3-9 New birth through the resurrection of Christ
GOSPEL John 20:19-31 Thomas sees the risen Christ and believes

Notes on the readings:
ACTS 2:14a,22-32: This reading is taken from the sermon preached to the vast assembled crowd on Pentecost day in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples as the Lord had promised. In these verses Peter refers the people to the recent events surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion and burial after his clear ministry of wondrous signs as God’s Messiah. While the people had killed him, God raised him from the dead. Peter uses the words of Psalm 16, a Psalm of King David, to illustrate God’s purpose in all of this. The prophecy is fulfilled in David’s descendant, the Messiah, not being abandoned in death but raised by the power of God.

1 PETER 1:3-9: Christ’s resurrection is the divine miracle which assures his presence and power to encourage Christians triumphantly to hold firm to their faith regardless of suffering which may come because of it. This suffering can then be seen more as a testing of their faith as they are guarded from its destruction. The outcome is the joyous realisation that their salvation and the reality of their heavenly inheritance is being powerfully confirmed.

JOHN 20:19-31: The peace between God and his foremost creature, established and pronounced by God in Jesus’ resurrection, is now declared by Jesus to the assembled disciples. They are directed to pass it on in declaration of that same forgiveness in the absolution. Any who refuse that forgiveness still live under condemnation. Despite his initial misgivings and stated doubt, Thomas receives the same gracious affirmation of the Lord eight days later. He could not but make the strong confession now that Jesus is ‘my Lord and my God’. Those, like us, who believe through the testimony of others are truly blessed.

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 all readings: Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on gospel: edited for lay reading sermon – john 20 19-31 – year a – easter 2 , sermon – john 20 19-31 – year b – easter 2 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy; Pr Simon Cooper
Based on Psalm 16: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 16 – year a – easter 2

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
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Alleluia!
He has given us new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Alleluia!  (1 Pet 1:3 NRSV alt)

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.

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.)
Have you believed because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen
and yet have come to believe.  (John 20:29 NRSV)
Alleluia.

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: Easter 2A

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 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.

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. 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 2:14a, 22-32
LHS

88    Jesus Christ is risen today G5
89    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands* G5
92    Christ the Lord is risen today
97    The strife is o’er, the battle done GS
386    In thee is gladness* G7
763    Now is eternal life (alt tune 176, G9)
AT
256    I will exalt you
263    Singing all praises (v 3)
364    In you is gladness
TIS
192    Christ is the world’s redeemer
200    In you is gladness
245    We have a gospel to proclaim
362    Jesus Christ is risen today
364    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands
367    The strife is past, the battle done
370    Christ the Lord is risen today
385    Now is eternal life

Second reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9
LHS

95    He is risen, He is risen* G3
99    Welcome, Thou Victor in the strife* G6
100    Awake, my heart, rejoicing* G5
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
764    Now the green blade rises GS
767    This joyful Eastertide G7
852    God loved the world so that he gave G5
AT
15    Love has come again
61    Hallelujah, my Father
150    Sing a new song unto the Lord
421    Born forever
TIS
114    Blessed be the everlasting God
118    We give immortal praise
189    Glory to our boundless God
202    I know that my Redeemer
375    Come, let us with our Lord arise
379    He is risen, he is risen
381    This joyful Eastertide
382    Now the green blade rises
385    Now is eternal life
488    Now in the name of him who sent
489    We know that Christ is raised and dies no more
637    Lord of the living, in your name assembled (funeral)

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 16
The following paraphrase by David Schütz may be sung to the tune: ‘Now thank we all our God’, LH 437, TIS 101. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Protect me, Lord my God,
in you I find my refuge.
I say, ‘You are my Lord;
I’ve no good thing without you.’
And as for all your saints,
the righteous in the land,
they are the noble ones
in whom is my delight.

Those who choose other gods
will end their days in sorrow.
I will not speak their names,
or share in their blood off’rings.
The Lord maintains my lot,
my portion and my cup.
My future’s safe in him,
my heritage is good.

I bless the Lord my God,
who always gives me counsel.
At night he teaches me
and guides my heart to wisdom.
I let God lead the way,
and follow in his steps.
With God close by my side,
I never will be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad,
in you my soul rejoices.
My body rests secure,
when death and grave seem final.
For you won’t give me up
nor let me see decay.
You show the path of life
to joy with you always.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 16 p21 , Psalm 16 p22 , Psalm 16 p23


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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