The Third Sunday of Easter

Good morning. We welcome you to our online written service on the Third Sunday of Easter. This Sunday we feature additional music in honour of HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral was yesterday. At Prince Philip’s request, Psalm 104 was sung at his funeral at the Saint George’s Chapel by the strongest voiced quartet, within the walls of the Windsor Castle, where the Duke of Edinburgh peacefully passed away. The anthem “Jubilate Deo” by Benjamin Britten, sung by the Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, is a choral piece commissioned by Prince Philip. Our service closes with The Russian Kontakion of the Departed sung at Prince Philip’s funeral, a chant which expresses the sorrow of grief but reminds us of the Christian hope of everlasting life; in the face of sadness, we sing Hallelujahs.

The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

May he rest in peace. 

Opening Prayer

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,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen. 

 

Opening Hymn

Hymn NEH 620 – I vow to thee my country (Thaxted)

 

 

The Readings

Old Testament Reading: Acts 3: 12-19
New Testament Reading: 1 John 3: 1-7
The Gospel Reading: Luke 24: 36b-48

 

The Psalm

Psalm 104 – William Lovelady (shorter arr. by James Vivian)

 

A moment to read and reflect…

Today we wish Rev Jake De Jong a speedy recovery as he is not feeling well. In place of his sermon we offer you The Walk to Emmaus, as suggested by Rob. In Rob’s words,
“It’s such a beautiful reading and rather appropriate for this Sunday, I think.” 

Luke 24:13-35

That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.” “What things?” Jesus asked. “The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago. “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.” Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.” 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.

 

A Special prayer following the death of Prince Philip

Lord, we remember with thanksgiving the life of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. We thank you for his long life of service and for the difference he made to so many lives. We think especially of all the young people who took part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award and how that influenced their future lives. We pray for the Queen and the Royal Family, surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss but have confidence in your goodness and strength to meet the days to come. Amen.

The Intercessions

Living God, long ago, faithful women proclaimed the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, and the world was changed forever. Help us to keep faith with them, that our witness may be as bold, our love as deep and joy and amazement as real as was theirs when he appeared to them.

Gracious God help us all to play an active part in the vision of our Chaplaincy in Haarlem. We pray that each of us might make use of our individual talents enabling our church group to flourish. Help us to spread the warmth of your love to everyone we meet.
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Creator God, you gave us a beautiful world to live in and to care for. We know that in many areas our Stewardship depends on the victory of Jesus Christ and that you can restore all things in glory. So we pray that we will be aware of a better way of living and caring for the environment and the world around us. We especially pray for those suffering from the economic impact of the Coronavirus in the Netherlands.
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving God, we pray for those living in the shadow of darkness and despair and for those who are ill. We especially pray for all those on our church prayer list and in the quietness of our hearts we bring before you those known to us who are 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.
Merciful Father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

 

The Anthem

Anthem: Jubilate in C – Benjamin Britten

 

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

Russian Kontakion for the departed – ed. Sir Walter Parratt
The Russian Kontakion of the Departed is an ancient Kiev chant with its origins in the Russian Orthodox liturgy. This moving chant expresses the sorrow of grief but reminds us of the Christian hope of everlasting life; in the face of sadness, we sing Hallelujahs.