Sunday 30 April, 2017 – Third 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, 36-41 Three thousand people repent and are baptised
PSALM Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Peter 1:17-23 Set free by the sacrifice of Christ
GOSPEL Luke 24:13-35 Jesus made known in the breaking of the bread

Notes on the readings:
ACTS 2:14a,36-41: Peter in this Pentecost day sermon had already hammered home the people’s part in rejecting Christ and crucifying him. Now he makes clear the enormous sinfulness of that act. The Jesus who rose from the dead and ascended to the right hand of God is none less than God’s appointed Messiah. Upon the people’s expression of guilt and remorse, Peter immediately gives the direction to go, ie repentance. Entry into the kingdom of God is freely given to all who repent and believe the message of forgiveness. Baptism confers, seals and guarantees God’s acceptance of the sinner.

1 PETER 1:17-23: Having spoken about the wonderful teaching of free salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, Peter goes on to enumerate reasons for building a life of obedient holiness on that foundation. He reminds his readers that God is an utterly fair and impartial judge; that redemption from their soul-destroying former pagan ways is by the personal sacrifice that God made through his own Son; that God himself has engendered their faith in his risen Son, and that the living word of God has worked new life in them. Therefore Christians love for one another is to be from the heart.

LUKE 24:13-35: St Luke gives us this warm and detailed description of a post-resurrection appearance of our Lord to show how the word of God makes Christ known. The two disciples walking from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus were utterly engrossed in their depressed disappointment over dashed hopes in Jesus’ messiaship. The risen Lord himself joined them, unrecognised, explaining the necessity of both the death and resurrection in terms of the many prophecies recorded in the Scriptures. On reaching Emmaus, the two disciples invited the ‘stranger’ to join them. When he blessed the bread they recognised him. Their joy took them straight back to Jerusalem to spread the news among their fellow disciples.

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: Pr Tim Stringer ; Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Vince Gerhardy; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 24 25-35 – year a – easter 3
Based on second reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 peter 1 13-23 – year a – easter 3

Opening sentences:
You have been born anew; Alleluia;
through the living and enduring word of God. Alleluia!  (1 Pet 1:23 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
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.

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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
(Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
Were not our hearts burning within us
while the Lord was opening the scriptures to us?
(Luke 24:32 NRSV alt)

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 revealing yourself in the Scriptures
and the breaking of the bread.
Strengthen our faith through your word and sacraments.

The hymns ‘What shall I give to God, my Saviour’ (LH 362 – *modernised) or ‘O fount of good, for all your love’ (LHS 816) both reflect the verses from Psalm 116 for the day, and are very appropriate for offertory songs or for singing while the offering is collected.

Offering Prayer
Thank you, eternal Father,
for setting us free through the sacrifice of your Son.
Help us, through your great love for us,
to love and serve one another
and all people.


Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Easter 3A

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:

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.

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.

OR use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) 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; . . .

Go in peace. You have been born anew through the living word of God.
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, 36-41

191    The Church’s one foundation G4
277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4
279    He that believes and is baptized* (alt tune 106, G3)
302    Sinners, turn, why will you die?
304    Delay not, delay not G7
305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
826    Father welcomes all his children GS
828    I am baptised GS
833    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ G5
4    Father welcomes
26    He is Lord
129    Everyone
299    Pour it all out, Jesus
324    Saints of all time
331    Turn to me with all your heart
332    We are sorry
421    Born forever
457    The church’s one foundation
479    They that believe and are baptized
481    Baptized into your name most holy
486    We praise you, Lord, for Jesus Christ
489    We know that Christ is raised and dies no more
491    Father welcomes all his children
740    O how good is Christ the Lord

Second reading: 1 Peter 1:17-23

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
112    Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3
156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
271    The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
274    Lord, Thy Word abideth G7
300    Let me be Thine forever* G5
327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
335    Just as I am, without one plea G9
344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
376    Jesus, master, whose I am
436    Come, let us join our cheerful songs
834    At the Lamb’s high feast we sing G3
847    The Lamb’s high banquet called to share (alt tune 839, G7)
61    Hallelujah, my Father
93    Pass my love around
145    Wondrous love
158    Come sing our praises loud
163    Hymn of glory
247    Alabare, alabare
316    From the air and from the light
345    Nothing but the blood
349    There is a redeemer
204    Come let us join our cheerful songs
208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
249    No weight of gold or silver
364    Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands
365    Christ the Lord is risen again
373    Hail, our once-despised Jesus
427    Lord, your word abiding
533    I come with joy to meet my Lord
584    Just as I am, without one plea

Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

96    Ere yet the dawn has filled the skies G4
181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
541    Abide with us, the day is waning
543    Abide with me G8
764    Now the green blade rises GS
15    Love has come again
26    He is Lord
90    Father, bless us as we go
178    Until you open my eyes
239    Listen to him
241    On the day of resurrection
271    For the bread that we have eaten
297    Let us talents and tongues employ
304    Stay with me, I’ll stay with you
343    Jesus come and stand among us
437    I have seen the Lord
254    O changeless Christ, for ever new
285    Your coming, Lord, to earth in Bethlehem
382    Now the green blade rises
395    Alleluia, Christ is risen
424    Christians, lift up your hearts
499    Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts
514    Be known to us in breaking bread
524    Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest
529    By your priestly power, O risen Lord
537    Let us talents and tongues employ
551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
586    Abide with me; fast falls the eventide
781    Father, bless us as we go

The following paraphrase of Psalm 116:1-4,12-19 by David Schütz may be sung either to the tune Melita (LH 400, TIS 138) or to the tune of the Song of Mary in the Modern Vespers of Worship Today. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

I love the Lord! He hears my prayers,
so all I my life I’ll call on him.
When snares of death entangled me,
and pangs of hell laid hold of me,
I called upon God’s holy name:
‘I beg you, Lord, to save my life!’

What shall I offer to the Lord
for all his goodness shown to me?
I will lift up salvation’s cup
and call upon God’s holy name,
I’ll keep my promises to him
among his people gathered here.

O Lord, how dearly you are pained
when one of your true people dies!
I am your slave, your slave-girl’s child,
so, Lord, I’ll serve you all my days.
For you have freed me from the chains
that made me captive to the grave.

I pay my sacrifice of thanks,
and call upon God’s holy name.
I pay my vows unto the Lord
among his people gathered here,
here in the holy house of God,
here in your midst, Jerusalem.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 116 p188 , Psalm 116 p189 , Psalm 116 p190

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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