Sunday 15 April, 2018 – Third 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 3:12-19 Peter’s message in the temple
PSALM Psalm 4*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 John 3:1-7 We are children of God
GOSPEL Luke 24:36b-48 Christ has fulfilled the scriptures

Notes on the readings
ACTS 3:12-19: You would never think that Peter was preaching in order to gain believers for Christ – that is, if you think that the message preached must always be agreeable to the ears of the listeners in order not to frighten them away. When people stop in amazed awe at the miraculous healing of a crippled beggar, Peter tells them the real author of the miracle, namely the Christ they rejected. Then he virtually throws at them five instances of the people’s guilt in Jesus’ innocent death. Though they did it in ignorance, Peter tells them and us that there is no way to God except through honest repentance over sin and cleansing of that sin through God’s forgiveness.

1 JOHN 3:1-7: John writes about Christians in seeming contradiction. Sometimes he says they are sinners (compare last week’s reading, 1 John 1:8); sometimes he says they don’t sin (eg today’s reading, verses 6,7). We need to apply Luther’s scriptural insight here, that the Christian is at the same time both saint and sinner. Washed in the blood of Jesus we stand 100% cleansed and forgiven in the sight of God, sinners though we continue to be according to our own nature. Here, then, is the great motivation for non-stop growth in personal holiness, verse 3, that living in permanent and sure hope of our full and final redemption in glory we purify ourselves in his gracious forgiveness and constantly move on to renewed righteousness.

LUKE 26:36b-48: Whenever God showed his presence to people in the Scriptures, they felt terror at the numinous experience (as did the shepherds at Bethlehem). The disciples show similar terror at Jesus’ resurrection appearance recorded here by St Luke. No doubt guilty feelings would augment that reaction. However, Jesus neither castigates nor rejects them for their littleness of faith, but rather adapts to their limits by lovingly illustrating his physical fulfilment of the pre-crucifixion promises of rising from the dead. The word of God, upon which our relationship with God also exclusively hinges, required this process for the proof of its truth and effectiveness of God’s declaration of forgiveness of sins.

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 David Christian ; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; Pr Andrew Brook ; Pr Roger Atze
Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 3 12-19 – year b – easter 3 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – acts 3 12-19 – year b – easter 3 new
Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – 1 john 3 1-7 – year b – easter 3

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
See what love the Father has given us (Alleluia),
that we should be called children of God (Alleluia);
when he is revealed, we will be like him (Alleluia),
for we will see him as he is. (Alleluia.)
(1 John 3:1a,2b NRSV)

Thus it is written,
that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day (Alleluia),
and that repentance and forgiveness of sins
is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations. (Alleluia.)
(Luke 24:46,47 NRSV)

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.

(Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
Then Jesus opened their minds to understand the scriptures,
and he said to them: Your are witnesses of these things.  (Luke 24:45,48, NRSV)

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
and explaining the Scriptures.
Make us witnesses of your new life.

Children’s Address: Easter 3B

Offering Prayer:
Heavenly Father,
thank you for raising your Son from death,
and for reassuring us of his presence with us.
Help us to live as your children,
and use us to bring your new life to other people.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Easter 3B

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.

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.

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,
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 are the children 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 3:12-19

100    Awake, my heart, rejoicing* G5
159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5 (see TIS 210)
161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5 (see TIS 223)
311    O faithful God, we worship Thee
452    O bless the Lord, my soul
274    In Jesus’ name
398    A child of God
64    O bless the Lord, my soul
210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

Second reading: 1 John 3:1-7

265    How blest are they who hear God’s Word* G3
323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
398    Lord Jesus, think on me G5 (see TIS 546)
468    O praise ye the Lord (mod TIS 96)
805    We are heirs of the Father GS
12    We are heirs of the Father
398    A child of God
534   I always will love you
96    Sing praise to the Lord
115    Behold the amazing gift of love
118    We give immortal praise
164    The great love of God
546    Lord Jesus, think on me

Gospel: Luke 24:36b-48

90    Christ the Lord is risen again G8
99    Welcome, Thou victor in the strife* G6
104    Awake, my heart, thy praises sing* G5
221    Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word* G5 (mod TIS 450)
769    With high delight let us unite G7
148    Born for resurrection
240    My peace I give
343    Jesus come and stand among us
406    Peace
198    I greet you, my Redeemer sure
360    Part 2. That Eastertide with joy was bright
365    Christ the Lord is risen again
424    Christians, lift up your hearts (v 2 baptism, v 3 holy communion)
450    Spread, O spread, almighty word
529    By your priestly power, O risen Lord (holy communion)

TIS 2, When I call, answer me, is  a setting of Psalm 4.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 4 p7 , Psalm 4 p8

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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