26th April 2020

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Sunday 26th April 2020                 3rd Sunday of EASTER

 

Leader:        Alleluia, Christ is risen.

All:             He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

Leader:        Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

All:             By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope

Leader:        Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

All:             Through him you have come to trust in God,

Leader:        Who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,

All:             so that your faith and hope are set on God.

                                                                                                (1 Pet 1: 3, 21)

Leader:        (prayer)

                   Lord Jesus Christ,

                   Risen from death to life in the Father’s love,

                   Raise us to share in the new life, that we

                   May know your presence among us now,

                   And serve you in te power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

                   The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:             And also with you.

 

Leader:        A welcome to our Youtube service and notices

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Collect for the third Sunday of Easter

All:             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 forever.

                   Amen.

 

Leader:        Glory be to you,

All:             God, our strength and our redeemer.

 

Leader:        Almighty God,

                   Through the rising of your Son from the grave,

                   You broke the power of the grave,

                   You broke the power of death

                   And condemned death itself to die.

 

                   As we celebrate this great triumph

                   May we also make it the model for our living.

 

All:             Help us to identify in our lives

                   All that should rightly die -

                   Redundant relationships,

                   Tired habits,

                   Fruitless longings.

 

                   Resurrect in our lives

                   Faith, hope and love

                   As surely you raised Jesus Christ from the grave.

                   Amen.

 

We say the Lord’s Prayer together

                   Our Father in heaven,

                   Hallowed be your name,

                   Your kingdom come,

                   Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

                   Give us today our daily bread,

                   Forgive us our sins,

                   As we forgive those who sin against us,

                   Save us in the time of trial

                   And deliver us from evil,

                   For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

                   Now and forever. Amen.

 

Our Readings:                                                  

Job 42: 1-6                                                                    © NLV 2003

1 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,

“I know that You can do all things. Nothing can put a stop to Your plans. ‘Who is this that hides words of wisdom without much learning?’ I have said things that I did not understand, things too great for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear now, and I will speak. I will ask you, and you answer me.’

I had heard of You only by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.

So I hate the things that I have said. And I put dust and ashes on myself to show how sorry I am.”

 

Luke 24: 13-35  The Road to Emmaus                                      © The Message

13-16 That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was.

17-18 He asked, “What’s this you’re discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend. Then one of them, his name was Cleopas, said, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard what’s happened during the last few days?”

19-24 He said, “What has happened?”

They said, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene. He was a man of God, a prophet, dynamic in work and word, blessed by both God and all the people. Then our high priests and leaders betrayed him, got him sentenced to death, and crucified him. And we had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel. And it is now the third day since it happened. But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn’t find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.”

25-27 Then he said to them, “So thick-headed! So slow-hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?” Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him.

28-31 They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: “Stay and have supper with us. It’s nearly evening; the day is done.” So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared.

32 Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”

A Ghost Doesn’t Have Muscle and Bone

33-34 They didn’t waste a minute. They were up and on their way back to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and their friends gathered together, talking away: “It’s really happened! The Master has been raised up—Simon saw him!”

35 Then the two went over everything that happened on the road and how they recognized him when he broke the bread.

 

 

Reflection from the Rectory  

 

Time to Pray  (from Pepita)      

 

Ending

 

Leader:        Today and tomorrow,

All:             Today and tomorrow,

 

Leader:        Lo, I am with you always,

All:             When we try to do your will,

 

Leader:        I am with you always,

All:             When we go

                   Where we do not know,

 

Leader:        I am with you always,

All:             When we meet

                   One we do not recognise,

 

Leader:        I am with you always,

All:             where faith ends and doubt begins,

 

Leader:        I am with you always,

All:             and should we forget you….

 

Leader:        I am with you always,

All:             Today and tomorrow,

                   Today and tomorrow,

                   You are with us always

                   To the end of the world.

                   Amen.

 

 

Blessing:    May Christ, who makes saints of sinners,

                   Who has transformed those we remember today,

                   Raise and strengthen you that you may transform the world;

                   And the blessing of God Almighty,

                   The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

                   Be among you and remain with you always,

All:             Amen.

 

Leader:        Go in peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

All:             Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

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