19 April 2020                            Second Sunday of Easter

Collect of the Day

Almighty Father, you have given your only Son to die for our sins
and to rise again for our justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

First Reading

Acts 2.14a,22-32

On the day of Pentecost, 14Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: 22‘You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know – 23this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25For David says concerning him, “I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; 26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover, my flesh will live in hope.  27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. 28You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”  29‘Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, “He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.”  32This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.’

 

Psalm   Psalm 16

Refrain: The Lord is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

1   Preserve me, O God, for in you have I taken refuge; I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my lord,
all my good depends on you.’

2  All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, upon those who are noble in heart. Though the idols are legion that many run after, their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,      neither make mention of their names upon my lips.  The Lord himself is my portion and my cup; in your hands alone is my fortune.

5  My share has fallen in a fair land; 
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.  I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel, and in the night watches he instructs my heart.  I have set the Lord always before me; he is at my right hand; I shall not fall. Wherefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my flesh also shall rest secure.  For you will not abandon my soul to Death, 
nor suffer your faithful one to see the Pit.  You will show me the path of life; in your presence is the fullness of joy and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Refrain: The Lord is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

Give to us, Lord Christ,
the fullness of grace, your presence and your very self,
for you are our portion and our delight, now and for ever.

 

Second Reading

1 Peter 1.3-9

 

Gospel  John 20.19-31

19When it was evening on the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 27Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ 28Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. 

 

Post Communion Prayer

Lord God our Father, through our Saviour Jesus Christ you have assured your children of eternal life and in baptism have made us one with him: deliver us from the death of sin and raise us to new life in your love, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

1 Peter 1.3-9 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Acts 2.14a,22-32 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

John 20.19-31 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Post Communion (2nd of Easter) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000

Psalm 16 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000

Collect (2nd of Easter) ©  The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)