THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
APRIL 19, 2015
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
[Jesus stood among the disciples] and said to them, “Peace be with you....These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” —Luke 24:36,44-47 (excerpt from Gospel)
He is risen, he is risen!
He hath opened heaven’s gate:
we are free from sin’s dark prison,
risen to a holier state;
and a brighter Easter beam
on our longing eyes shall stream.
—Hymn 180 (excerpt), Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), alt.
- 182, “Christ is alive! Let Christians sing” —Entrance Hymn
- 707, “Take my life, and let it be” —Sequence Hymn
- 210, “The day of resurrection!” —Presentation Hymn
- 305, “Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest” —Communion Hymn
- 482, “Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy” —Communion Hymn
- 676, “There is a balm in Gilead” —Communion Hymn (9:00 a.m.)
- 316, “This is the hour of banquet and of song” —Communion Hymn (11:00 a.m.)
- 180, “He is risen, he is risen!” —Postcommunion Hymn
The Offertory (9:00 and 11:00 a.m.)
Most Glorious Lord of Life Sir William Henry Harris (1883-1973)
Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day didst make thy triumph over death and sin, and having harrowed hell, didst bring away captivity thence captive, us to win: this joyous day, dear Lord, with joy begin, and grant that we for whom thou diddest die, being with thy dear Blood clean washed from sin, may live for ever in felicity: and that thy love we weighing worthily, may likewise love thee for the same again; and for thy sake, that all like dear didst buy, with love may one another entertain; so let us love, dear Love, as we ought; love is the lesson which the Lord us taught. —Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599)
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