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The Third Sunday of Easter

The Third Sunday of Easter

25 Apr 2020 • General news

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Readings

Acts 2:36-41

36 Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah,[a] this Jesus whom you crucified.”

The First Converts

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers,[b] what should we do?” 38 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. 39 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.” 40 And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.

1 Peter 1:17-23

17 If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18 You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20 He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21 Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.

22 Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply[b] from the heart. 23 You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

Luke 24:13-35

The Walk to Emmaus

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad.[b] 18 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?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth,[c] who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.[d] Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 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. 24 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.” 25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah[e] should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 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. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us[f] while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.


Sunday Talk (Luke 24:13-35) by Revd Dmitry Lutsenko

Today’s passage tells us about two people, two friends, who were on their journey from Jerusalem back to their home town Emmaus after they saw Jesus being crucified. Although these two friends are separated from us by geography, history and culture. I believe, there are things which they experienced that day that we can relate to today, living with the coronavirus pandemic.

Two friends:

1. Firstly, they were experiencing the emotion of sadness. They had lost someone they loved, someone very important to them. They knew the pain of human loss.

2. They were also experiencing the emotion of uncertainty. Jesus had been their leader, the focus, the centre of their lives and now He was gone and it raised all kinds of questions for them about their own lives and their future.

3. From verse 15 we can see that ‘they were talking and discussing together’. I can’t help but think that they were sharing stories and memories of Jesus.

Today we are similar in these three ways, as we live with the coronavirus pandemic.

1. We may know some people who experience sadness because they have lost their loved ones due to the coronavirus. Our warm thoughts and prayers are with them.

2. We may know the uncertainty. The pandemic does raise questions in our minds about our present lives and about our future.

3. We may also encourage each other by sharing stories and promises from the Bible, just like the two friends who were sharing the stories of Jesus. In Jesus Christ we are all children of God through faith. We can be confident that God will take cake of those whom he loves.

Then, the verse 15 goes on, it says: “Jesus himself came up and walked along with them.” Suddenly on that road there was a third person. There was Jesus in his resurrection presence. He was there with them, in part simply to be with them, but also to point them to himself and show that in Him there is the certainty of resurrection.

Application

Today, I believe that Jesus wants to draw near to us in the power of his Holy Spirit. He wants: to be with us, to meet us at our point of sadness and uncertainty for he knows what we are going through. He also wants to point us to himself and say: ‘look, all who trust in me have hope of eternal life.’

Jesus walked their journey with them to the end, through the obstacles and difficulties of life. I believe, he wants to walk with us into tomorrow, next week, right through to our journey’s end. He wants to be there with us as we face the potholes and obstacles of life. He wants to be our support, our guide, our friend, but foremost our Lord and Saviour.

Prayer:

May it be for us today, as we live in these uncertain times, that we may know the presence of Jesus to comfort us in our sadness, to give us hope in our uncertainty and to walk with us every day of our lives. Amen


Prayers

St Mary Walsgrave, Prayers 3rd Sunday of Easter 26th April 2020

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Father God

On the road to Emmaus, the risen Lord Jesus made himself known to Cleopas and his companion,and in the power of the Spirit gave them hope and courage to overcome their anxieties and heartbreak.

We thank you, Father, for the Risen Lord Jesus, and pray that we may havecourage and strength and hope at this time of Covid-19.

Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Father God

We bring to you the impact of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the world, and pray for your Holy Spirit to be in its midst:

  • In the NHS and community care homes, medical, nursing and auxiliary teams,ambulance andother emergency teams, cleaners and porters, so many
  • With scientific and research workers throughout the world, working towards a vaccine, testing and tracing work
  • In food production, delivery, and shop workers
  • Withthose working in education, whether in schools or at home
  • With leaders of governments worldwide, especially our leaders here in the UK
  • The impact on economies worldwide, resulting in unemployment and “furloughs” and its impact on people, particularly those with families to support.
  • The list is endless

Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Father God

We pray for your church, for its clergy and lay ministers. We especially pray for Malcolm and Dmitry; that you will be with them at this difficult time, ministering to us and the community of Walsgrave in different ways. We especially pray for Frances and all hospital chaplains; keep her safe, Father, as she leads the chaplaincy team at Warwick Hospital.

Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Father God

Comfort and heal all those suffering in body, mind or spirit. Give them courage and hope in their troubles. We especially pray for people worldwide suffering Covid-19 symptoms, whether in isolation at home or in hospital and especially those in intensive care. We pray for families separated from their loved ones, unable to visit them at home, in care homes, in hospitals. We pray for those families suffering domestic violence and those depending on Foodbanks.

Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Father God

We bring to you the many people who have died recently. Be with those who mourn. We especially pray for families unable to arrange funerals in the usual way. At this time of grief and despair, we thank you for the Risen Lord Jesus, who understands and shares our tears as we mourn, and comforts us with the gift of eternal life.

Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Risen Christ

In these times of isolation and worry and struggle, we thank you for being with us, in darkness and doubt, in every corner of our lives, in every place in the world, for you have gone before us.

As you taught us, Lord, we pray:

Our Father in heaven,]

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours now and for ever.

Amen