Easter 3 Sunday 14th April

Hymn Jesus Christ is Risen Today

1, Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
 

  1. Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
    Unto Christ, our heavenly king, Alleluia!
    Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
    Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
     
  1. But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
    Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
    Now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!
    Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
     
  1. Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
    Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!
    Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
    Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!
    (by Lyra Davidica, 1708) 

Preparation

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

Grace mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All: And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

All:  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving  to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may give ourselves to the service of God.

All: We say Sorry

Jesus says, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.’

So let us turn away from our sins and turn to Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

 

All: Lord God, we have sinned against you;

We have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

Renew a right spirit within us and restore to us the joy of your salvation;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins, and restore us in His image to the praise and glory of His name through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All: Amen.

Blessed is the Lord,

All: For He has heard the voice of our prayer;

Therefore shall our hearts dance for joy

All: And in our song will we praise our God. 

Blessed are you, Lord our God, creator and redeemer of all;

to you be glory and praise for ever.

From the waters of chaos you drew forth the world, and in your great love fashioned us in your image. Now, through the deep waters of death, you have brought your people to new birth by raising your Son to life in triumph.

May Christ your light ever dawn in our hearts as we offer you our sacrifice of thanks and praise.

Blessed be God, Father Son and Holy Spirit.

All: Blessed be God for ever.  

Hymn – Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord; 

Collect for the Third Sunday of Easter

Almighty Father,

who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples

with the sight of the risen Lord:

give us such knowledge of his presence with us,

that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life

and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All: Amen

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

All: And Christ shall give you light.

You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.

All: Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Set your minds on things that are above,

not on things that are on the earth.

All: And Christ shall give you light.

When Christ our life appears

you will appear with him in glory.

All: Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. 

Hymn – Jesus is Lord! Creation’s Voice Proclaims It)

Our First Reading is taken from – Acts Chap: 3

12 When Peter saw the people, he said to them, “Fellow Israelites, why are you surprised at this, and why do you stare at us? Do you think that it was by means of our own power or godliness that we made this man walk?

13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has given divine glory to his Servant Jesus. But you handed him over to the authorities, and you rejected him in Pilate’s presence, even after Pilate had decided to set him free.

14 He was holy and good, but you rejected him, and instead you asked Pilate to do you the favor of turning loose a murderer.

15 You killed the one who leads to life, but God raised him from death – and we are witnesses to this.

16 It was the power of his name that gave strength to this lame man. What you see and know was done by faith in his name; it was faith in Jesus that has made him well, as you can all see.

17 “And now, my friends, I know that what you and your leaders did to Jesus was due to your ignorance.

18 God announced long ago through all the prophets that his Messiah had to suffer; and he made it come true in this way.

19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that he will forgive your sins. If you do,

This is the Word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God 

Benedicitus

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,

All: who has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,

All: born of the house of his servant David. 

Through his holy prophets God promised of old  

All: to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us, 

To show mercy to our ancestors,

All: and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:

All: to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear,

All: holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. 

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,

All: for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation

All: by the forgiveness of all their sins. 

In the tender compassion of our God

All: the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,

All: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

All: Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever.

Amen. 

Hear the Gospel our Lord Jesus Christ According to Luke Chap: 24

36 While the two were telling them this, suddenly the Lord himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were terrified, thinking that they were seeing a ghost.

38 But he said to them, “Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds?

39 Look at my hands and my feet, and see that it is I myself. Feel me, and you will know, for a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you can see I have.”

40 He said this and showed them his hands and his feet.

41 They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wonder; so he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

42 They gave him a piece of cooked fish,

43 which he took and ate in their presence.

44 Then he said to them, “These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true.”

45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

46 and said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later,

47 and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.

48 You are witnesses of these things.

This is the word of Christ

All: Thank be to God

Acts 3: CONTINUING IN REVIVAL

I would like to ask: did you go and see Billy Graham at Villa Park in the 1980s? Or have you listened to a powerful preacher, far more powerful than myself, and felt uplifted and closer to God afterwards?

What do we expect to happen after such revival services have ended? Is it back to business as usual? Or, do we expect God to continue to do some great things in our lives and in our Church?

For some, they are glad that the revival services have ended. They have attended the services, and perhaps even walked down the aisle, or onto the pitch, making a decision. But afterwards, they are ready to put that behind them, and get on with what they normally do — nothing! Sadly, they say that, in the case of the Billy Graham crusades, 90% of the people that flock forward to make a commitment at the end of his talk lapse within the first 12 months. The adrenaline has gone, and reality of life has crept back in. For others, they are excited and want to do something, but just don’t know what to do, or how to do it. This message we heard in our first reading will give us some guidelines into what to do and how to get started.

In our reading, the great experience of Pentecost had come and gone. The people were excited about what God had done. There were at least 3,000 souls saved and added to the Church. The fellowship was good, and God was blessing them. Now it was time to start doing some of the things that they had been commanded to do. Just before our reading started, Peter and John were on their way to the temple for a prayer meeting. On the way they met a man with a great physical need. Peter did the only thing he knew to do. He ministered to the man’s physical needs. The man was healed and began praising God.

Have you seen Walter Keene’s haunting pictures of little children with the big gaunt eyes? There is one of a little girl whose sad eyes burn like fire. Someone asked Keene how he came to paint those pictures of little lost children with the big sad eyes. He said, “It was just after the Second World War. My soul was stirred by my art student days in Europe by the memories of war-affected children. I saw all kinds of hurting children. If mankind would look deep into the soul of the very young, he wouldn’t need a road map. I wanted other people to know about those eyes, too. I want my paintings to clobber you in the heart and make you yell: ‘DO SOMETHING!’”

Revivals have come and gone in the Church. Afterwards, we are feeling good about what God done. We are excited, and anxious to get started. But where do we begin? What do we do now? We need to recognize that there are those around us who have physical needs. And I am not just talking about those who need food, a roof over their heads, the lonely, the infirm, those affected by the cost of living.

There are many people in our community who have physical needs but never ask for anything. That lonely widow who needs someone to talk to. That elderly couple who need someone to clean their house. That person who can’t drive and needs some help getting groceries, or, indeed, getting to Church. Those little children who need someone to care enough about their soul to bring them to Church and sit with them during the services. These are some of the ways we can meet people’s physical needs. That’s what Peter and John did, reflecting the words of Jesus in Matthew 25: ‘whatever you did to one of the least significant of my brothers and sisters here, you did it to me.’ And ‘whatever you didn’t do it for one of the least significant of my brothers and sisters here, you didn’t do it for me.’

And when Peter realized that his simple act of meeting a physical need resulted in attracting the attention of a curious crowd, he immediately began preaching to them about the love and forgiveness of Jesus whom they had crucified. He told them how Jesus had forgiven the lame man and had given salvation to him. He said that same salvation was available to all who would receive Jesus into their lives.

Martin Luther’s preaching aroused the Church from a thousand years’ slumber during what is known as the Dark Ages. It is easy to understand why when we discover how Luther preached. He said, “I preach as though Christ was crucified yesterday, rose again from the dead today, and is coming back to earth tomorrow.”

But one of the problems we as Christians have is that if we are not careful, we can get so busy helping meet the physical needs of people that we fail to recognize the spiritual needs that are all around us. Now obviously it is important to meet the physical needs of people, but also as Christians, the most important task we have is meeting their spiritual needs. I am afraid we sometimes are more concerned about, 

Hymn – This is the Day

Time of Silence …..

We Say Together:

The Creed.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. 

All: Amen.

Prayers and Intercessions

Prayers for King Charles

Through this tritium of prayer we ask God’s continuing blessing on our new King Charles

Prayer

O God, to whom every human power is subject,
grant to your servant our sovereign Charles
success in the exercise of his high office,
so that, always revering you and striving to please you,
he may constantly secure and preserve
for the people entrusted to his care
the freedom that comes from civil peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen

Prayer for the Royal

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness,

we humbly beseech thee to bless

Queen Camilla, William Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, and all the

Royal Family:

Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly

grace; prosper them with all happiness;

and bring them to thine everlasting

kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.

We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

 

All: Generous God,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.

Amen.

We gather our thoughts and prayers in the words our Saviour gave us 

All: Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Hymn – Jesus is King and I Will Extol Him

Closing Blessings

Praise God who loves us.
All Praise God who cares.
May God, who gave birth to all creation, bless you:
may God, who became incarnate by an earthly mother, bless you:
may God, who broods as a mother over her children, bless you.
May almighty God bless you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever

All: Amen.

Hymn – Christ triumphant, ever reigning

The Grace 

All: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

And the love of God,

And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

Be with us all evermore.

Amen

Go in joy and peace to love and serve the Lord

All: In the name of Christ Amen.

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