Christ feeds us.
Christ is our daily Eucharist – a day’s food for a day’s journey. We meet him as pilgrims and strangers and recognise him in the breaking of bread. He is our ransom and our gift.
Please find below the intention and readings for:
Third Sunday of Easter - 26th April 2020 - Page 1 of 2
1 Peter 1:17-21
You were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect
Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
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Acts 2:14. 22-33.
It was impossible for death to keep its hold on him
On the day of Pentecost Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd:
“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
you will not let your holy one see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
“Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
They recognised him at the breaking of the bread
Two of the disciples were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
“What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Your prayers are requested at this time for:
The Sick: Sylvia, Karen Allen, Richard Brooks, Rupert & Lilian Downie, Roy Edwards, Charles Gibson, Anne Harcombe, Caroline Hargreaves, Keith Holdaway, Sylvia Hyles, Matthew King, Felix Mensah, Ann Polglase, David Wells.
The Housebound: Vera Adams, Godfrey Goolden, Blossom Moore, Jane Scott.
The Recently Departed: Veronica Ali (a home communicant); Suanne Charion (Hilda’s niece).
Those whose Year’s Mind occurs at this time:
Dorothy Murray; Rosemary Fenn Clark, James McRobbie, Christina Cooper, Colin Pritchard, Gary Coleridge.
Those who live in: Thornlaw Road, Thurlby Road
People of our congregation and their families: Nicola Thomas : Michael, Elinor, Pippa and Cecily Thomas; Sharon Thomas: Trinity-Rose Burrell, Enar Thomas, Charlotte Burrell; Susan Rosamund Tirbutt; Winston Trotman: Joyce, Sarah, Daniel.
Birthdays: Are you or any member of your family celebrating a birthday in the near future? Please let Sheila Launchbury for inclusion in the Bulletin.
Sunday: Dara Hughes
Saturday: Warren Freeman-Birch
May they be richly blessed in the coming year.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for today:
St Thomas with St Stephen, Telford Park
Vacant (PIC); Glenn Bee (Reader); Helen White (Reader); David Woods (Reader); Mike Hayes (Reader); Fiona Carnegie (SPA)
In the world-wide Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for
The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & the Middle East The Most Revd Michael Lewis, Primate of Jerusalem & the Middle East, Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf; bishops, priests and people of the region.
source of healing and comfort,
fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
that those who care for us may be strengthened,
that the anxious may be calmed,
and those most vulnerable be protected
in the power of Spirit
in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
[Source of this final prayer: Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark Cathedral]
Response: Show us, Lord, the path of life.
1. Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
I say to the Lord: ‘You are my God.
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
it is you yourself who are my prize.’
2. I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,
who even at night directs my heart.
I keep the Lord ever in my sight:
since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.
Go to page 2 to see the homily from Fr Michael Skinner, a video message from Bishop Richard, prayers and music from our choir.
3. And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;
even my body shall rest in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead,
nor let your beloved know decay.
4. You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand happiness for ever.
Show us, Lord, the path of life.