April 23, 2023 – Third Sunday of Easter

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Acts 2:14a, 36–41
Peter continues: Repent and be baptized; receive the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 116:1–4, 12–19
Death encompassed me, but God delivered me; praise the Lord!

1 Peter 1:17–23
You were saved by the blood of Christ; you have been born anew.

Luke 24:13–35
On the road to Emmaus, two disciples meet the risen Lord.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

We hear the voice of Jesus:
our hearts burn within us.
We lift our voices to God
and call on the name of the Lord!
The risen Christ is here in this place:

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving For Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the new life you raise up in us
through the mystery of our baptism—
the sorrow of the heavy cross,
the surprise of the empty tomb,
the love that death could not destroy.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
fill us with the joy of resurrection,
so that we may be a living sign
of your new heaven and new earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon​

At the baptismal font:
As we continue our celebration
of the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
we are called to repent,
remembering that the promise of Jesus Christ
is for us, for our children, for our siblings,
for all who are near and all who are far,
for everyone called to God.
In confidence, let us confess our sin.

Eternally patient God,
we ask again and again,
“What should we do?”
And again and again, you tell us,
“Repent and return to me.”
Yet we have not changed our ways.
We fall into old habits,
cling to our own ways,
and take for granted the grace you have given us.
Once again, we ask you for forgiveness.
Show us the way forward
and help us return, once again, to you.

Lifting water from the font:
Beloved, hear this good news:
through Christ you have come to trust in God,
who raised Christ from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are set on God.
We are born anew, through the living
and enduring word of God.
Alleluia! Praise to the risen Christ!

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Living God, with joy we celebrate
the presence of your risen Word.
Enliven our hearts by your Holy Spirit
so that we may proclaim the good news
of eternal and abundant life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings:
O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
Ezekiel 37:4

After the readings:
This is the good news which we have received,
in which we stand, and by which we are saved.
Thanks be to God. 
1 Corinthians 15:1–2


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
All authority and power and dominion
to the name that is above all names—
Jesus Christ our Lord—
now and in the age to come. Amen.
Ephesians 1:21

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Life in Christ is life eternal.
The resurrection of Jesus is the sign
that God will consummate the work
of creation and reconciliation beyond death
and bring to fulfillment
the new life begun in Christ.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.26

Prayers of Intercession

We offer our prayers through Christ,
who lives and reigns forever,
and prays for us in heaven.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for the church . . .
Teach us again how to love one another.
Let us be born anew this day
through your living and enduring Word.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for the earth . . .
Bring about your new creation—
eternal and imperishable—
destined from the foundations of the world.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for all nations . . .
Save us from our own corruption;
speak your life-giving promise
to all your children, near and far.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for this community . . .
Be present with us, in word and in action,
as we seek to follow Christ’s way,
sharing the amazing joy of resurrection.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through Christ, we pray for loved ones . . .
Hear the voices of those who cry
for salvation, life, healing, and peace.
Surround them with your goodness and grace.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all power and glory, receive these prayers,
and continue your mighty work among us,
through Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.
Ephesians 1:15–23

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
How does God’s love abide in anyone
who has the world’s goods
yet refuses to help a sister or brother in need?
Remembering God’s great love for the world,
let us offer our lives to the Lord.
1 John 3:16–17

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
Great God, to you we give our thanks;
your steadfast love endures forever.
With gratitude we bring our gifts to you.
Bless us and our gifts,
that our lives and our resources
may be a source of healing and hope,
of joy and justice in our world. Amen.

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God:
You call us to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ,
so that we may be saved, and our sins may be forgiven;
you pour out upon us the gift of your Holy Spirit.

Therefore we praise you, joining the song
of the universal church and the heavenly choir:
A Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) is sung.

Blessed is Jesus Christ, our Savior:
Jesus appeared to his disciples on the road to Emmaus,
and their hearts burned within them when he spoke of your word.
Even now he is known to us in the breaking of the bread.
The words of institution are included here.

Remembering your goodness and grace,
we offer ourselves to you with gratitude
as we share this joyful feast.
A Memorial Acclamation (e.g., “Christ has died”) is sung.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon this bread and cup;
make us one in the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us be born anew through your living and enduring word;
purify our souls in obedience to your truth;
and teach us to love one another deeply, and with genuine affection.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Spirit,
we bless you, God of glory,
now and forever.
An Amen is sung.

Lord’s Prayer


Breaking the Bread


Communion of the People


Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Prayer after Communion

Thank you, O God, for giving us communion
with our risen and glorious Lord.
Now send us out to be a sign
of the new life that has come into the world;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
May the love of the holy triune God—
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—
abide with you forever. Alleluia!
1 John 4:13–16

Now go forth in Jesus’ name,
remembering his new commandment
to love one another, just as he has loved us. Amen.
1 John 3:23

“Supper at Emmaus”

Diego Velázquez, 1618

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Christ Has Risen While Earth Slumbers (G) SUO GAN GTG 231
  • Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia (G) MFURAHANI, HALELUYA GTG 251
  • Sometimes a Light Surprises (G) SALLEY GARDENS GTG 800
  • Through the Walls (G) BREAKTHROUGH Sing No Empty Alleluias, Chris Shelton, GIA


  • Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire (A) VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS GTG 278, PH 125
  • When the Poor Ones / Cuando el pobre (G) EL CAMINO GTG 762
  • Standing on the Promises (A) PROMISES GTG 838
  • Satúranos, Señor / Lord, Fill Us (A) SATÚRAME SSS 266


  • We Gather Here in Jesus’ Name (G) COME, SHARE THE LORD GTG 510
  • Your Only Son (E) LAMB OF GOD GTG 518
  • Jesus, Priceless Treasure (E) JESU, MEINE FREUDE GTG 830, PH 365
  • Oh, the Blood of Jesus (E) arr. Jimmie Abbington AAHH 265


  • Lord, Make Us More Holy (E) LORD, MAKE US MORE HOLY GTG 313, PH 536
  • Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (E) ST. AGNES GTG 629, PH 310
  • Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song / Jésus, je voudrais te chanter (A) LES PETITES SOEURS GTG 737
  • Look There! The Christ (EG) PETRUS, GRAND PRAIRIE EH 197

Psalms and Canticles


  • What Shall I Render to the Lord [MARTYRDOM, ROCKINGHAM, MORNING SONG/CONSOLATION]; GTG 655, PH 228, PAS 116B, LUYH 871, PP 218
    (with refrain)
  • I Love You, Lord [GENEVAN 116]; PAS 116A, LUYH 735
  • We Love You Lord [CMD]; SGP 170
  • I Love the Lord Because He Heard [DETROIT, NEW FENWICK]; KU 70, TTSF 70


  • I Will Walk in the Presence of God [SCOTLAND]; PAS 116E (through-composed vv.), 116D (alt. refrain with pointed vv.)
  • I Love the Lord, Who (He) Heard My Cry [I LOVE THE LORD (Smallwood)]; PAS 116D; LUYH 152, SSS 343–344
  • I Love the Lord; He Is Filled with Compassion [I LOVE THE LORD (Aquino)]; LUYH 819
  • I Will Call Upon the Name of the Lord [LET US BREAK BREAD]; HTP1 116
  • I Will Take Up the Cup of Salvation; SP 50
  • Demos gracias / Let Us Give Thanks; SSS 160–161

Organ Music

  • “I Am the Bread of Life,” I AM THE BREAD, Augsburg Organ Library: Baptism and Communion, Ron Schmoltze, AF (M)
  • “I Know That My Redeemer Lives!,” DUKE STREET, Augsburg Organ Library: Easter, Wilbur Held, AF (M)
  • “We Know That Christ Is Raised,” ENGELBERG, Gotta Toccata, David Cherwien, AF (MA)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Love’s Redeeming Work Is Done,” Tom Trenney, MSM, SATB, org (ME)
  • “Spirit of God,” Fred Gramann, ECS, SATB, acap (M)
  • “Come By Here,” arr. Kyle Pederson, MSM, SATB, pno (ME)
  • “Rejoice, the Lord Is King!,” Dan Forrest, BP, SATB, pno, opt str qrt (M)
  • “Awake, Now, Wintry Earth,” J. S. Bach, arr. Michael Burkhardt, MSM, org, 2 tpt, timp (M)
  • “He Is Risen,” Philip Stopford, MSM, SATB div, org, brass quin, timp (M)

Handbell Music

  • “Standing on the Promises,” Linda R. Lamb, 3–5 oct, opt 2 oct hc, ROP, RO3295, Level 2+
  • “Jesus, Priceless Treasure,” Jason W. Krug, 3–6 oct, BP, HB516, Level 3
  • “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee,” Alan Lohr, 3–5 oct, SFP, 089391, Level 3


  • Walk to Emmaus, Lelio Orsi (VDL)
  • Supper at Emmaus, Diego Velázquez (VDL)
  • Martyrs of Uganda, Uganda (VDL)
  • Love and Revelation, Jan Richardson (JR)