The service The Service – This form of the holy communion service is from page 6 of the Supplement to Lutheran Hymnal, which was authorised by the Lutheran Church of Australia at its 1987 General Synod.
Opening sentence M: 'I am the Alpha and the Omega', says the Lord God Alleluia, C: who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty Alleluia. (Rev 1:8 NRSV)
PREPARATION M: In the name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen
Opening Hymn We sing our opening hymn: Hail, Thou once despised Jesus, v.1,2,4 LHS 112 CAL293 John Bakewell (1721-1819) and others
Hail, Thou once despised Jesus 1. Hail, Thou once despised Jesus, Hail, Thou Galilean king! Thou didst suffer to release us, Thou didst free salvation bring. Hail, Thou agonizing Saviour, Bearer of our sin and shame; By Thy merits we find favour; Life is given through Thy name.
Hail, Thou once despised Jesus 2. Paschal Lamb, by God appointed, All our sins on Thee were laid; By almighty love anointed, Thou hast full atonement made: All Thy people are forgiven Through the virtue of Thy blood; Opened is the gate of heaven; Peace is made ‘twixt man and God.
Hail, Thou once despised Jesus 4. Worship, honour, power, and blessing, Thou art worthy to receive; Loudest praises without ceasing Meet it is for us to give. Help, ye bright angelic spirits, Bring your sweetest, noblest lays: Help to sing our Saviour’s merits, Help to chant Immanuel’s praise. †
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: Friends in Christ: St Peter and the apostles said: 'The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, and exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins.’
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION Therefore let us confess our sins to God our Father and ask him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION Our help is in the name of the Lord. C: ♫ He mádeheavên and earth. M: I said, I will confess my sins to the Lord. C: ♫ Then hé forgave the guilt of my sin.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION C: Almighty God, merciful Father, I, a poor helpless sinner, confess to you all my sins, and repent of all the evil I have done. I have deeply displeased you and deserve your punishment in time and in eternity.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION But I am sorry for my sins, and I ask you, for the sake of the holy innocent sufferings and death of your dear Son Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me. Amen.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: I ask each of you in the presence of God who searches the heart: Do you confess that you have sinned, and do you repent of your sins? I do.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: Do you believe that Jesus Christ has redeemed you from all your sins, and do you desire forgiveness in his name? C:I do.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: Do you intend with the help of the Holy Spirit to live as in God's presence, and to strive daily to lead a holy life, even as Christ has made you holy? C: I do.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION M: upon your confession, I, as a called and ordained servant of the word, announce the grace of God to all of you, and on behalf of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins, in the name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you. Amen.
LORD, HAVE MERCY M: Kyrie eleison C: ♫ Lord, have mercy. M: Christeeleison C: ♫ Christ, have mercy. M: Kyrie eleison C: ♫ Lord, have mercy.
HYMN OF ADORATION: GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST M: Glory to God in the highest, C: ♫ and on earth peace, among those with whom he is pleased.We praise you, we bless you,we worship you, we glorify you,we give thanks to you for your great glory,O Lord God, heavênly king,God, the Father almighty.
HYMN OF ADORATION: GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ,O Lord God, Lamb of God,Son of the Father,you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.You take away the sin of the world; receive our prayer.
HYMN OF ADORATION: GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST You are seated at the right hand of God the Father;have mercy on us.For you alone are holy,you alone are Lord,you alone, O Christ, with the Holy Spirit,are most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
GREETING M: The Lord be with you C: And also with you.
PRAYER OF THE DAY M: Let us pray for faith in our risen Lord. C: Merciful God, your Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life, who gives hope and joy to those who doubt.
PRAYER OF THE DAY Give to us who do not see you faith and life and blessing, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
FIRST READING Acts 5:27-32CEV The apostles boldly proclaim Jesus' resurrection R: The first reading for the second Sunday of Easter is written in chapter 5 of Acts, beginning at verse 27.
Acts 5:27-32 27When the apostles were brought before the council, the high priest said to them, 28"We told you plainly not to teach in the name of Jesus. But look what you have done! You have been teaching all over Jerusalem, and you are trying to blame us for his death."
Acts 5:27-32 29Peter and the apostles replied: We don't obey people. We obey God. 30You killed Jesus by nailing him to a cross. But the God our ancestors worshiped raised him to life 31and made him our Leader and Saviour. Then God gave him a place at his right side, so that the people of Israel would turn back to him and be forgiven.
Acts 5:27-32 32We are here to tell you about all this, and so is the Holy Spirit, who is God's gift to everyone who obeys God. This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 150CEV R: The Psalm is Psalm 150 R: 1Shout praises to the LORD! Praise God in his temple. Praise him in heaven, his mighty fortress. C: 2Praise our God! His deeds are wonderful, too marvellous to describe.
Psalm 150CEV R: 3Praise God with trumpets and all kinds of harps. C: 4Praise him with tambourines and dancing, with stringed instruments and woodwinds.
Psalm 150CEV R: 5Praise God with cymbals, with clashing cymbals. C: 6Let every living creature praise the LORD. Shout praises to the LORD! C: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning is now and will be for ever. Amen.
SECOND READING Revelation 1:4-8CEV Every eye will see the Lord R: The second reading is written in chapter 1 of Revelation, beginning at verse 4.
Revelation 1:4-8 4From John to the seven churches in Asia. I pray that you will be blessed with kindness and peace from God, who is and was and is coming. May you receive kindness and peace from the seven spirits before the throne of God.
Revelation 1:4-8 5May kindness and peace be yours from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness. Jesus was the first to conquer death, and he is the ruler of all earthly kings.
Revelation 1:4-8 Christ loves us, and by his blood he set us free from our sins. 6He lets us rule as kings and serve God his Father as priests. To him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.
Revelation 1:4-8 7Look! He is coming with the clouds. Everyone will see him, even the ones who stuck a sword through him. All people on earth will weep because of him. Yes, it will happen! Amen.
Revelation 1:4-8 8The Lord God says, "I am Alpha and Omega, the one who is and was and is coming. I am God All-Powerful!" This is the Word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
RESPONSE C: ♫ Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
gospel John 20:19-31CEV Thomas sees the risen Christ and believes M: The holy gospel is written in chapter 20 of the Gospel according to St John, beginning at verse 19. C: ♫ Glory to you, O Lord.
John 20:19-31 19The disciples were afraid of the Jewish leaders, and on the evening of that same Sunday they locked themselves in a room. Suddenly, Jesus appeared in the middle of the group. He greeted them 20and showed them his hands and his side.
John 20:19-31 When the disciples saw the Lord, they became very happy. 21After Jesus had greeted them again, he said, "I am sending you, just as the Father has sent me." 22Then he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone's sins, they will be forgiven. But if you don't forgive their sins, they will not be forgiven.”
John 20:19-31 24Although Thomas the Twin was one of the twelve disciples, he wasn't with the others when Jesus appeared to them. 25So they told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But Thomas said, "First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my finger. I must put my hand where the spear went into his side. I won't believe unless I do this!”
John 20:19-31 6A week later the disciples were together again. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus came in while the doors were still locked and stood in the middle of the group. He greeted his disciples 27and said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and look at my hands! Put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!”