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26th April -The Third Sunday of Easter

A Simple Order of Morning Prayer in Eastertide

O Lord open our lips,

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Most glorious Lord of life, whose Son Jesus Christ conquered death and rose victorious from the grave: may we walk in his company, hear the mystery of the Scriptures unfold to us, and, with burning hearts, know his presence in the breaking of the bread, for our Saviour is risen indeed – Alleluia!

Blessed be God for ever.

The Easter Anthems

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who sleep.

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us so let us celebrate the feast,

Not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Christ once raised from the dead dies no more death has no more dominion over him. In dying he died to sin once for all in living he lives to God.

See yourselves therefore as dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. For as by man came death by man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Bible Readings

FIRST READING Zephaniah 3. 14-20

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion, shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgements against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord.

PSALM Psalm 116.1–4, 10–19

R Gracious is the Lord and righteous; our God is full of compassion.

I love the Lord because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’ R

How shall I repay the Lord for all the good things he has done for me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. I will fulfil my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. R

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his servants. O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds. R

I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon the name of the Lord. I will fulfil my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. In the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.  Alleluia! R


On the day of Pentecost, Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, ‘Let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.’ Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’

Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added to their number

The Gospel of Christ according to Luke (24. 13-35)

Glory to you, O Lord.

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them,but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad.Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place.Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning,and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive.Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see him.’Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on.But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So, he went in to stay with them.When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Reflection from Rev Glyndwr

Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”  (Acts 24:32)

The story of the risen Jesus meeting with two disciples as they journey on the road to Emmaus is a familiar one, we hear read every Eastertide. Immersed in their own thoughts they fail to recognise Jesus. He is just another stranger on the road. Nevertheless, there is a stirring within them as He ‘opens the scriptures to them’. 

I have been greatly encouraged by reports that many of you are using every day the service of Morning Prayer distributed for use while our churches are closed for corporate worship. Through the regular reading of scripture our faith is constantly being ‘stirred’ as we walk our own road of discipleship in the company of other pilgrims and in the Easter faith that the risen Christ is no longer a stranger but our constant companion – even at times like these when we are distracted by thoughts of the present crisis.

Like you, I look forward to the time when we shall meet and recognise the risen Christ, as those disciples did ‘in the breaking of the Bread’.

The Benedictus

God has raised Christ Jesus from the dead, so that we have a sure hope in him. Alleluia!

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel for he has come to his people and set them free.

The Lord has raised up for us a mighty Saviour born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets God promised of old to save us from our enemies from the hands of all who hate us.

To show mercy to our forebears and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear holy and righteous before him all the days of our life.

And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

God has raised Christ Jesus from the dead, so that we have a sure hope in him. Alleluia!


Open our eyes to see, our ears to hear.

Holy God, as we gather in our homes, we do so in fellowship with all Christians.  (Short Silence)

Lord be with us today as we, each in our own way, come to hear your word, to sing your praise, and to offer you our prayers and thanksgiving.

We pray Father that you open our eyes, for we want to see Jesus: to reach out and touch him. Walk with us we beseech you O God, as you did with Jesus’ companions: that we might truly be witnesses to the reality and truth of your Son’s resurrection.  (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful Father, we pray for all who are active in bringing the love of your Son, our Saviour, to our homes at this time. We thank you for all who connect with the isolated, and for those using social media and the internet to keep us informed, inspired, and comforted by online services, preaching and teaching.  (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Creator God, your son learned to make and build in his early adult life. Later he taught, walking the roads and tracks of the Holy Land. On those pathways he inspired those he met with parable, teaching and His good example.

In our lives, help us to join him in Ministry! Encourage us to visualise Him as we read the Gospels; and by so doing know and understand his will for us.

May we, like those on the road to Emmaus, feel our hearts burning within us. (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Father God, we thank you for the gift of your Son, our Saviour, who walks with us on our life’s journey. We pray for all who travel with us in our lives: our family, our friends, our colleagues, and those within our congregation.

We pray for a deepening awareness of our need for one another. Yet far more importantly, help us to recognise our requirement to have you in our lives. (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Loving God send your son to walk with those we know who are going through a time of suffering and pain. Help us to always be aware of one another’s needs and to respond accordingly, assisting them with words and deeds on to the road of recovery. (add names of those requesting prayer) (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful God accompany those travelling, through the valley of death, and may our love and prayers support those who walk that journey today.

We pray for the souls of those who have recently departed this life (add names of the recently departed)

We pray for those we have loved yet see no more (Short Silence)

We pray for those whose anniversary of their parting falls at this time (add names on Anniversary list) (Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Faithful God, as we go from our worship today, out into your world, we thank you for walking alongside us wherever we travel.

If like those first disciples, we fail to be aware of you, forgive us for our human weakness and open our eyes to see you as a constant companion and friend.

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

Will everyone please pray for new Ministers to come to both this town, and our Benefice.

  • Preben, the Methodist Minister, is shortly due to retire.
  • Jim, the Pentecostal Minister is in his late seventies and suffers poor health.
  • Father Michael at the Roman Catholic Church has eyesight problems and is burdened with a huge Parish… This just leaves
  • Pastor Jon Linforth at the Baptist Church. 

With Preben retiring, apart from anything else, there are two Chaplaincy posts that need filling! 

Our own need is great too! Blessings David

Living God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in all his redeeming work, who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer is said.

The Collect for the Day

 Collect for 26th April

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 and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The second collect, for peace.

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life, to serve you is perfect freedom: defend us in all assaults of our enemies, that we, surely trusting in your protection, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The third collect, for grace.

Eternal God and Father, by your power we are created and by your love we are redeemed: guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that we may give ourselves to you in love and service of one another; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God.