Third Sunday of Easter
The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer.
Simple Song (from Mass) by Leonard Bernstein
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Song of Praise
The Collect of the Day
You are invited to light a candle at home with us.
Let us pray.
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation – Hymnal #518
A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 3:12-19)
Seeing this, Peter addressed the people: “You Israelites, why are you amazed at this? Why are you staring at us as if we made him walk by our own power or piety? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of our ancestors—has glorified his servant Jesus. This is the one you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence, even though he had already decided to release him. You rejected the holy and righteous one, and asked that a murderer be released to you instead. You killed the author of life, the very one whom God raised from the dead. We are witnesses of this. His name itself has made this man strong. That is, because of faith in Jesus’ name, God has strengthened this man whom you see and know. The faith that comes through Jesus gave him complete health right before your eyes.
“Brothers and sisters, I know you acted in ignorance. So did your rulers. But this is how God fulfilled what he foretold through all the prophets: that his Christ would suffer. Change your hearts and lives! Turn back to God so that your sins may be wiped away.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
The Psalm (Psalm 4)
Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause;
you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
“You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory;
how long will you worship dumb idols
and run after false gods?”
Know that God does wonders for the faithful;
when I call, God will hear me.
Tremble, then, and do not sin;
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
Offer the appointed sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Most High.
Many are saying,
“Oh, that we might see better times!”
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O God.
You have put gladness in my heart,
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep;
for only you, God, make me dwell in safety.
The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Luke (Luke 24:36b-48)
While they were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” They were terrified and afraid. They thought they were seeing a ghost.
He said to them, “Why are you startled? Why are doubts arising in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet. It’s really me! Touch me and see, for a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones like you see I have.” As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. Because they were wondering and questioning in the midst of their happiness, he said to them, “Do you have anything to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish. Taking it, he ate it in front of them.
Jesus said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law from Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. He said to them, “This is what is written: the Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and a change of heart and life for the forgiveness of sins must be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Christ.
The Sermon: The Rev. Marc Smith
Down in the River to Pray arr. Michael Peasall
Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.
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,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
You may add your prayer requests in the comments at any time. Know that people will pray for you.
Our Lord lives, for death has no dominion over him. And so we, God’s holy church, proclaim the resurrection, saying: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!
Created in the image and likeness of God, we pray to see God’s image in one another, we pray especially for those who are celebrating birthdays this week, especially Rudy Nickens, Melissa Harris, and Ben Rose. And for those celebrating anniversaries, especially David Luckes & Karl Stroud, and Butch & Karen Sterbenz. May our lives proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!
Tested in our faith and strengthened by God’s love, we pray for open hearts, that we may live to proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!
Joining with those who share in the passion of Christ through illness, famine, war, temptation, and trial, we pray for their courage and strength that those who suffer may proclaim: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!
United in our hope that we and all who die will live again, we pray for family and friends who have died, proclaiming: Christ is risen! Amen, Alleluia!
Loving and true God. you have glorified Christ Jesus as the pledge of our freedom from sin and death, receive our praise and prayer through Christ our Lord, the great Amen and our Alleluia, now and forever. Amen.
Announcements are shared
God of justice, we pray in the midst of injustice. We pray as a pandemic continues to claim lives through disease. We pray as racism continues to claim lives through structural violence. We pray as the epidemic of gun violence continues to plague our streets and communities. In these days of imagining our future, help us to make concrete steps toward Beloved Community. Help us to heal division. Help us to be courageous as we work for change and dismantle unjust systems which are costing lives, and robbing us of promised futures. Help us to remember we belong to one another. Amen.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.
The Peace is then exchanged. Consider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.
There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy – Hymnal #470
The Deacon dismisses the congregation:
Let us Bless the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Old French Song No. 4 – Eliana Haig and Alex Stefaniak
Preacher & Officiant: The Rev. Marc Smith
Assisting: Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Lectors: Peter Tchoukaleff, Lacy Broemel
The Lord’s Prayer: Kim Hudson
Greeters: Marvin Alexander, Megan Ondr-Cooper
Duet: Eliana Haig and Alex Stefaniak
Guest Musicians: Connor Scott
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: John Kelly
Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
The Psalms and Collect of the Day are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.
Down in the River to Pray
Copyright 2001 by Michael PeasallUSED BY PERMISSION
The Prayers of the People are from an Easter service at Washington National Cathedral.