Readings and Prayers for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

18th April ~ 3rd Sunday of Easter

The Collect:  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. All: Amen

The Epistle is written in the 12th verse of the 3rd chapter of the Acts of the Holy Apostles:

After Peter had healed the man who was lame, the people were astonished. When Peter saw their astonishment, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in His name, His name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what He had foretold through all the prophets, that His Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.

This is the Word of the Lord:  All: Thanks be to God

 Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Luke:  All: Glory to You, O Lord

Jesus Himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, He asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of broiled fish, and He took it and ate it in their presence. He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

This is the Gospel of the Lord:  All: Praise to You, O Christ

Prayers

Dear Lord thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. You bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes. Thank you for your great love and care, your mercy and grace, and your promise that you are always with us and will never leave us. Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day, and so we give you praise and thanks.  Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Father we continue to pray for peace in our country and throughout the world, where so many are driven by greed and the lust for power. Help all those who work tirelessly to bring peace and for the leaders of the nations, that they will strive to do all in their power to ensure that all people are able to live without fear and persecution.                                                                                        Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Lord we give thanks for the love we share with our families and friends. As we begin to have more freedom from the Covid restrictions thanks to the wonderful vaccinations we are receiving and all those who are administering the clinics, we look forward to the time when we can meet with our loved ones again and hug them. May we share our love with them as freely as you always do to us.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

Loving God, we pray for those who do not share our Easter joy especially those living in the shadow of darkness and despair and for those whose illness narrows their view of the world.  We especially pray for all those who have requested prayer and in the quietness of our hearts we raise before You those who we know who are also in need.    Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful God, we pray for those whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone close and dear to them, for members of our families who have died and whose anniversary we recall. Help us to experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit within us, and the fellowship of the church family around us until we are reunited once more in your heavenly kingdom.   Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Faithful God, in the week that lies before us may we reflect your love in our families, our church and our community; so that the world can see that we are followers of Christ and children of God.

Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your  Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen