3rd Sunday of Easter – 15 Apr – Luke 24:35-48 ~ disbelief, joy and wonder

The Third Sunday of Easter

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

God of life, in your risen Son you reveal your abiding presence among us and summon us to lives of worship and service. Fill us with thanksgiving and praise as we approach you in prayer. Grant us courage and joy in bearing witness before the world to your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you now and always in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“Open Up the Heavens” – Meredith Andrews


Gospel Reading: Luke 24:35-48 (NLT)

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!

“Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet.

Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched.

Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things.

Prayers of Intercession:

God our Savior: Rescue us from all our distress; we ask especially –

+ That believers everywhere who suffer for their faith may have courage and perseverance…. Lord, hear us.
+ That missionaries everywhere may have the conviction and enthusiasm of the early disciples…. Lord, hear us.
+ That fishermen and all who work on the sea may receive your protection…. Lord, hear us.
+ That farmers may receive just reward for their investment of time and energy…. Lord, hear us.
+ That those who prepare and serve food may themselves receive your sustenance…. Lord, hear us.
+ That the vision of heaven given in the Scriptures may inspire the sick and comfort the dying…. Lord, hear us.
+ That those who have died in Christ may join those gathered around the heavenly throne…. Lord, hear us.

Gracious God: Have mercy on your people and guide us all the days of our life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

“All Things New” – Elevation Worship


Blessing – Revelation 21:3-4 (NLT)

“Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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