Acts 5:27-32 The apostles before the Jewish council
Psalm 118:14-29 The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cormerstone
or Psalm 150 Praise the Lord!/ Praise the Lord in his sanctuary
Revelation 1:4-8 Grace from Jesus Christ, the first born of the dead
John 20:19-31 Jesus appeared to his disciples and give them power to forgive
(Numbers refer The Australian Hymn Book)
64 The Lord is king lift up thy voice
141 O for a thousand tongues to sing
144 Ye servants of God
163 Crown him with many crowns
205 Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
277 Day of resurrection
280 Jesus Christ is risen today
281 Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! / O sons and daughters, let us sing!
299 I know that my redeemer lives
306 By your kingly power, O risen Lord
322 O Breath of life, come sweeping through us
441 Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
302 This Joyful Eastertide
Sermon summary Easter 2 Year C
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Believing and Forgiving
There is today a serious distortion of the Christian doctrine of forgiveness;
and sometimes it is completely rejected. It is commonly heard in discussions
about whether what someone has done in the past should continue to be held against
them. War and various kinds of violence against the person create strong feelings.
The idea that the sinner must be humbled, or even humiliated, and that there
must be a reversal of power relations in order for reconciliation to occur has
some subtle appeal. The distortion comes from justifying the pursuit of power
of one section of society over another.
The way of Jesus gains its effectiveness for us in weakness through the power
that comes to us from his resurrection, and that is a different source from
what we look for when seeking a reversal of power for our own sakes. The main
difference is that the power comes not from within ourselves or from a sectional
interest in society, but from him.
Jesus met with his disciples on the evening of the day when he rose from the
dead. He gave them a promise of power and commissioned them to go out with a
message of the forgiveness of sins [John 20:21-23; Luke 24:46-49].
When during his earthly ministry Jesus said to people "Your sins are forgiven,"
he was challenged by authorities who said "who but God has power to forgive
sins." [Mark 2:5-11]. After the resurrection they saw Jesus as one
raised up to share the glory of God. [Even literally: see Acts 7:55-60.]
To believe that he has risen is to accept him as Lord [Romans 10:9
and see Philippians 2:5-11.] As Lord, he is God, the source of all
legitimate power. The risen Lord restores the relationship between God and his
people, and represents us before God [Hebrews 4:14-16; 9:24]. Christian
belief is that trust in God, especially in his saving grace in Christ, strangely
enables weakness to be triumphant [2 Corinthian 12:6-12], so that it
is not necessary to take back power abused by others before we can forgive.
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Order of Service Easter 2 Year
The Gathering of the People of God
CALL TO WORSHIP
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, ...
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
HYMN 306 By your kingly power, O risen Lord
PRAYER OF ADORATION
Loving God, Lord of the Church, we confess that we have sinned against
you in thought, word and deed: we have not loved you with all our heart or served
you with all our strength; we have been blind to the vision of a renewed world
and deaf to your call to costly discipleship; we have been indifferent to the
suffering of others and unwilling to forgive one another. In your mercy, Lord,
pardon and restore us, that together in the ministry of Christ we may serve
you with joy all the days of our life. Amen.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so
I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive
the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them...."
-- John 20:21-23
By the authority of Jesus Christ I declare that God has mercy on you, pardons
you and sets you free. Know that your sins are forgiven through Jesus Christ
our Saviour. God strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in eternal life.
Thanks be to God.
DOXOLOGY Hymn 163 Crown him with many crowns [verses 1 and 4]
WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER
Service of the Word
INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Recognizing and following the risen Lord.
A word to the children
FIRST READING Acts 5:27-32 The apostles before the Jewish council
Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD! -- Psalms 150
EPISTLE Revelation 1:4-8 Grace from Jesus Christ, the first born of the dead
GOSPEL John 20:19-31 Jesus appeared to his disciples
HYMN 299 I know that my redeemer lives
SERMONHYMN 322 O Breath of life, come sweeping through us
From the curse of war and the human sin that causes war; from pride that turns
its back on you, and from unbelief that will not call you Lord;
O Lord, deliver us.
From hearing and believing propaganda, and speaking lies about other nations; from groundless suspicions and fears that stand in the way of reconciliation;
O Lord, deliver us.
From words and deeds that encourage discord, prejudice, and hatred; from everything that prevents the human family from fulfilling your promise of peace;
O Lord, deliver us.
God our Father, we pray for all your children on earth, of every nation and of every race;
That they may be strong to do your will.
[Silence]We pray for the church in all the world; and for the World Council of Churches;
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
THE LORD'S PRAYER
The Sending Forth of the People of God
HYMN 144 Ye servants of God
WORD OF MISSION
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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