Lectionary - Easter 3 - Year A

| DB Home | RCL Resources Index |

Acts 2:4a,36-41 Those who welcomed his message were baptised
Psalm 116:1-4,12-19 I will lift up the cup of salvation
1 Peter 1:17-23 Through him you have come to trust in God who raised him
Luke 24:13-35 Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread

Possible hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
Be present now dear risen Lord [new hymn]
Bind us together, Lord
Jesus, stand among us
SA 14 Brother sister let me serve you
34 Best be the everlasting God
83 O praise ye the Lord! praise him in the height
85 To God be the glory, great things he has done
150 Jesus the name high over all
162 Come, children, join and sing
183 I danced in the morning
281 Alleluia ... O sons and daughters, let us sing
289 This is the day the Lord has made
290 Christ the Lord is risen today
295 Hail thou once despised Jesus
350 God merciful and righteous is
385 The church's one foundation
434 Bread of heaven, on thee we feed
435 Be known to us in breaking bread
477 God of all power and truth and grace
502 Abide with me; fast falls the eventide
O Jesus, blessed Lord, to my heartfelt thanks are due TIS 504

Sermon summary (The complete sermon is a commentary on the hymn Be present now dear risen Lord [Tune: TALLIS' CANON, 88.88, AHB 468] celebrating the presence of the risen Lord in the Eucharist from Emmaus to us and to the end of time, in service, sacrament and prayer.)

Be present now dear risen Lord,
help us to know the living Word;
teach us your true Emmaus way;
reveal yourself to us today.

The Word made flesh; our only head,
be known to us in breaking bread
here in the holy fellowship:
bread in our hands, cup to the lip.

We meet you at the supper, Lord,
and feel with friends the binding cord.
Knowing your sacrifice for all,
we would serve others as you call.

In thankfulness we look for you,
alive to us in all we do.
We members of your body share
in service, sacrament and prayer.

Our risen friend, our glorious king,
there at the end we hope to sing
on that great day, your wedding feast,
knowing your love has never ceased.
© David Beswick 1996

Be present now dear risen Lord

They had not recognized him on the road to Emmaus until he broke the bread [Luke 24:30-31] showing the strongest possible link between his presence and the Supper in which the bread is broken. "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." [Luke 22:19]. They would share in the life of his resurrection as they shared the "living bread" [John 6:51].

The hymn Be present now dear risen Lord says a little more about the resurrection of Jesus and the celebration of the Eucharist or holy communion. The Word of God became the living Word for them as he interpreted the scriptures [Luke 24:25-27]. We affirm our believe in the Word made flesh [John 1:1,14] and pray for that same presence in breaking bread as with the Emmaus disciples. We say he is our only head because we meet in a body of which he is the head [Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 1:18]. The binding cord of love between those who meet at the Lord's table is essential. [See 1 Corinthians 11:18-20; Matthew 18:20]. Yet, the unity, which is Christ's prayer [John 17] and his gift, is not intended only for the benefit of those within the Church. [Romans 5:6,8; Matthew 25:37-40]. So we extend our obligations of fellowship and sing that we would serve others. In thankfulness we look for Christ alive to us in all we do. But that is not the end of it. The feast we celebrate here and now is a foretaste of the great banquet at the end of time. [Mark 14:24-25]. The great celebration of his Kingdom will also be his wedding feast. [Revelation 19:6-7,9]. Our knowing the risen Lord here through scripture, service to others, prayer and holy communion leads us to anticipate a greater celebration of the same fellowship at the end.

Order of Service - Easter 3 - Year A - | DB Home | RCL Resources Index |

See also altgernative order which follows

Order 1

THE GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
LIGHTING THE CANDLE
After the candle has been lit, we prepare in silence for worship.

CALL TO WORSHIP
Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed!
What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.

HYMN To God be the glory, great things he has done TIS 147

GREETING
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

PRAYER OF ADORATION AND CONFESSION
During this prayer we sing (remaining seated):
Lord, have mercy TIS 756

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY Now to him who loved us TIS 771

INTRODUCTION TO THE THEME

THE SERVICE OF THE WORD
BIBLE READINGS
Psalm 116:1-4,12-19 [Uniting in Worship Peoples Book p. 333.]
Luke 24:13-35 Jesus made known to them in the breaking of the bread
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

SERMON
MEDITATION

NOTICES, JOYS AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH
OFFERING
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERING
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD'S PRAYER

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORDS SUPPER
The peace
Hymn: Be present now dear risen Lord [Tune: Tallis' Canon TIS 558]
Be present now dear risen Lord,
help us to know the living Word;
teach us your true Emmaus way;
reveal yourself to us today.
The Word made flesh; our only head,
be known to us in breaking bread
here in the holy fellowship:
bread in our hands, cup to the lip.
We meet you at the supper, Lord,
and feel with friends the binding cord.
Knowing your sacrifice for all,
we would serve others as you call.
In thankfulness we look for you,
alive to us in all we do.
We members of your body share
in service, sacrament and prayer.
Our risen friend, our glorious king,
there at the end we hope to sing
on that great day, your wedding feast,
knowing your love has never ceased.
© David Beswick 1996
The Service of the Lord's Supper continues:
Uniting in Worship, People's Book p. 65

THE SENDING FORTH OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
HYMN O Jesus, blessed Lord TIS 504

BLESSING

DISMISSAL
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Hymn: Father, bless us as we go TIS 781

Order 2

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP
Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed!
What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD
-- Psalms 116:12-13

HYMN To God be the glory, great things he has done TIS 147, AHB 85

PRAYER OF ADORATION
CONFESSION
We have failed to love you with all our heart and to be good stewards of your creation: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
We have failed to take up the cross of discipleship and to be good stewards of your gospel: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We have failed to be faithful members of your church and to be good stewards of your spiritual gifts: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
The good news is that all who trust in Christ will have their sins forgiven and receive eternal life. As you hold this faith, I declare that you are set free from all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Thanks be to God.

WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: The presence of Christ
FIRST READING Acts 2:4a,36-41 those who welcomed his message were baptised

HYMN 350 God merciful and righteous is [PSALM 116:1-4,12-19]

EPISTLE 1 Peter 1:17-23 You have come to trust God who raised him
GOSPEL Luke 24:13-35 Jesus made known to them in the breaking of the bread

HYMN 183 I danced in the morning

SERMON

NICENE CREED

OFFERING
SHARING TIME [Notices, Celebrations and requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE [Including commemoration of the faithful departed]
THE COLLECT

The Lord's Supper

THE PEACE
HYMN Be present now dear risen Lord [A new hymn. Tune: TALLIS' CANON, AHB 468]

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Thanks and praise .....
[For Easter:
The tree of life in the midst of the garden
was the tree of our defeat.
Christ was lifted up on the tree of victory;
and where life was lost,
there life has been restored.
And so we praise you ....
in the eternal hymn: [SA 100c and 100d]
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
We thank you ....
[The great prayer of thanksgiving, recalling God's goodness in caring for his people, the life and saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ, how he commanded his disciples to remember him with the bread and the wine, and we pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit on us and what we do.]

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of hymn book]
BREAKING THE BREAD
THE LAMB OF GOD [Sing Alleluia 100e]
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

COMMUNION
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

The Sending Forth of the People of God

SONG
Bind us together Lord,
Bind us together with cords
that cannot be broken,
Bind us together Lord,
bind us together,
Bind us together with love.

There is only one God;
There is only one King;
There is only one body;
That is why I sing:
You are the family of God;
You are the promise divine;
You are God's chosen design;
You are the glorious new wine

WORD OF MISSION
BLESSING
DISMISSAL
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

| DB Home | RCL Resources Index |

| Christian Beliefs | Family History | Public Affairs | Higher Ed Research | Hobbies and Interests | Issues in the UCA | Personal Background | Psychological Research | Templestowe UC | Worship and Preaching |