Prayers at home on the Third Sunday of Easter

Prayers at home on the Third Sunday of Easter

In the days after Easter Jesus appeared to his disciples on different
occasions and in different ways. His appearance usually took them
by surprise, but filled them with joy. Often, as in today’s Gospel reading, it
was when he shared food with them that they recognised the Risen Lord
most clearly. May our worship today, in the words of the Collect
“give us such knowledge of his presence with us”.

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Acclamation

Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have died.
I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die,
but we will all be changed.
Where O death, is your victory?
Where O death, is your sting?
Thanks be to God
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (from 1 Cor. 15)

Penitence
“The doors of the house where the disciples had met, were locked for fear of the Jews; Jesus came and stood amongst them and said “Peace be with you.””
(John 20:19)
In this Easter season we bring our fears and failings to the Risen Christ…….
When we face difficult times, but fail to trust in your loving care.
Lord have mercy
When we look inward to our selfish concerns, instead of outward to a world in need…
Christ have mercy.
When we are agents of gloom, rather than messengers of hope.
Lord have mercy.
May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Collect and Readings
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.
Acts 2: 14a, 36-41
Psalm 116: 1-3, 10-17
1 Peter 1 :17-23
Luke 24:13-35

The Prayers

Today we pray particularly for all those, who, like the two disciples on the Emmaus Road, are frightened, confused or despondent about life….
Grant Lord, that we may encourage each other on the journey of faith, and know Christ’s presence as we learn from the Scriptures.
Merciful Father, hear our prayer.
We pray for those who have recently discovered the reality of the risen Christ, for recent converts and for the newly baptised. Strengthen the Church to nourish faith through sound teaching, spiritual worship and pastoral care.
Merciful Father, hear our prayer.
We pray for the Church when, as the first disciples found, it’s efforts to evangelise seem fruitless and numbers are low. Inspire us to find new ways of proclaiming the Gospel for today.
Merciful Father, hear our prayer.
We pray for church leaders when, like Simon Peter, they suffer personal failure, criticism and loss of self-confidence. Renew their response to Christ’s call and strengthen us all to work together in the Church’s ministry.
Merciful Father, hear our prayer
We pray for all those whose health is poor. We pray for all affected by the pandemic. We pray for those who have died and those who mourn. Father keep hope alive in us all, especially when the burdens of life grow heavy.
Merciful Father, hear our prayer.

Our Father…

(You might like to make the Act of Spiritual Communion, in which we are united with all our brothers and sisters who are unable to be present at the Eucharist today)

Concluding prayer

God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen us all to walk with him in his risen life.
Amen. Alleluia!

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Amen