Sunday 8 April, 2018 – Second Sunday of Easter, Year B

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 4:32-35 The believers share their possessions
PSALM Psalm 133*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 John 1:1- 2:2 We have life and light through Jesus
GOSPEL John 20:19-31 Thomas sees the risen Christ and believes

Notes on the readings
ACTS 4:32-35: In those very early days of the church in Jerusalem the tremendous surge of vitality empowered by the coming of the Holy Spirit was coupled with the result of so many believers having witnessed the presence of the bodily risen Jesus (1 Cor 15:6). Their conviction engendered a deep sense of love for others which transcended their love and attachment to things material.

1 JOHN 1:1 – 2:2: St John associates the essential truths of God’s kingdom with his personally experienced concourse with the Lord. ‘We have seen with our eyes . . . touched with our hands . . . concerning the Word of Life.’ The Christian proclamation is meant to result in fellowship with God and each other. Integral to living in that ‘light’ is the cleansing of one’s sins by the blood of Christ, v.7, recognising and confessing that sin, v.9, and receiving the cleansing of God to continue in righteousness. Note that this is meant for the ‘whole world’ (2:2).

JOHN 20: 19-31: The first section of this reading deals with a post-resurrection commissioning of the disciples together with the gift of the Holy Spirit. The disciples are herewith empowered (as with Matthew 16) to impart or withhold the forgiveness of sins which the Lord has now made an accomplished fact by his death and resurrection. Hence Thomas’s unreadiness to believe the fact of the resurrection is strongly reproved but graciously remedied by the risen Lord. The spiritual blessings which God gives so readily are not received except through humble faith. Indeed, ‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed’.

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 : Pr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 20 19-31 – year b – easter 2 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Simon Cooper ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 20 19-31 – year b – easter2 new
Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 4 32-35 – year b – easter 2

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)

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
We declare to you what was from the beginning (Alleluia),
what we have heard,
what we have seen with our eyes,
what we have looked at and touched with our hands
concerning the word of life. (Alleluia)
(1 John 1:1 NRSV)

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
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.

Children’s Address: Easter 2B

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.
Help us to share of ourselves and our possessions
with one another and especially with people in need.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Easter 2B

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
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.

Alternatively, use the third prayer for the main service 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.

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; . . .

DISMISSAL
Go in peace. Walk confidently in the light of Christ.
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 4 : 32-35
LHS

502    This is the day the Lord hath made G6
519    While yet the morn is breaking* G4 (mod TIS 104)
761    Christ is alive! Let Christians sing G3 (see TIS 387)
773    Filled with the Spirit’s power G7
842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3
844    Sent out by God’s blessing G6 (see TIS 531)
AT
479    For living, for dying
TIS
104    While morning still is breaking
368    This the day the Lord has made
387    Christ is alive
411    Filled with the Spirit’s power
531    Sent forth by God’s blessing

Second reading: 1 John 1:1 – 2:2
LHS

103    I know that my Redeemer lives* G3 (alt. TIS 376)
168    O blessed Sun, whose splendour G4
291    Thy table I approach* G5
358    Renew me, O eternal Light* G3
378    Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God G7 (mod TIS 596)
396    Lead Thou me on, Thou kindly, heavenly Light
505    Father, who the light this day G4
528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5 (mod TIS 212)
760    All shall be well!
AT
126    The light of Christ
217    Lord, the light of your love is shining
244    We have seen the Word of Life
275    In our darkness
307    Walking in the light
490    When human voices cannot sing (funeral)
TIS
212    Christ, whose glory fills the skies
305    Let earth and heaven combine
376    I know that my Redeemer lives
408    O breath of God, breathe on us now
548    Eternal light, shine in my heart
596    Fill my whole life, O Lord  my God
624    Christ, be my leader by night as by day
643    I want to walk as a child of the light
675    Lord, the light of your love is shining

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 (see TIS 228)
128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5 (mod TIS 401)
131    Holy Ghost, with light divine* G5
513    Peace to soothe all grief and woe G5
528    Christ, whose glory fills the skies G5 (mod TIS 212)
765    O sons and daughters, let us sing G8 (see TIS 363)
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 133
The following paraphrase of Psalm 133 by David Schütz is sung to the tune ‘A New Commandment’. Use the music in ATN 65; the tune at LHS 853 is slightly different. It is also at TIS 699. (Note: the word ‘oil’ is pronounced with one syllable here.) If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

How good and pleasant it is when we live
just like brothers and sisters, together as one,
just like brothers and sisters, together as one.
It’s like precious oil poured out on the head of Aaron,
and down his beard onto his vestments.
It’s like dew of Hermon descending on Mount Zion,
where God gives life to those he blesses.
Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 133 p229 , Psalm 133 p230

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.

1 comment to Sunday 8 April, 2018 – Second Sunday of Easter, Year B

  • Russell

    I would like to suggest that this page should suggest hymns not only relevant to the scripture readings of the day, but also the season of the liturgical year. I went to a service today where we had not even one Easter hymn. As we are in the first 8 days of Easter this is remarkable. My suspicion is that the leader chose hymns from this website and with some explicit encouragement from this site could have corrected this oversight.
    I mean are we missing the forest for the trees?
    Thanks for considering

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