Easter 3a


Scripture for the Day:

 Acts 2:14a, 36-41
 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
 1 Peter 1:17-23
 Luke 24:13-35

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1st Reading

 Acts 2:14a, 36-41 (NIV)

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (NIV)

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.

The cords of death entangled me,
    the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    Lord, save me!”

12 What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his goodness to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;
    I serve you just as my mother did;
    you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord
    in your midst, Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

2nd Reading

 1 Peter 1:17-23 (NIV)

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 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, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last timesfor your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable,through the living and enduring word of God.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


 Luke 24:13-35 (NIV)

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 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?”

19 “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. 20 The chief priests and our rulershanded him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 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. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 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.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke itand began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 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?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Contemporary Song Suggestions for the Day: 

 OUR SONG FROM AGE TO AGE  Joel Sczebel | 2012 | CCLI Song #6270867

 HE IS FAITHFUL  Bryan Torwalt \ Katie Torwalt | 2011 | CCLI Song #6087902

 I WILL STAND  Glen Packiam | 2005 | CCLI Song #4611693

  JESUS SON OF GOD  Chris Tomlin \ Jason Ingram \ Matt Maher | 2012 | CCLI License #259032

 SALVATION DAY  Jonathan MacIntosh \ Sarah MacIntosh \ Vicky Beeching | 2010 | CCLI Song #5657508

 DRY BONES  Lisa Gungor \ Michael Gungor | CCLI Song #5665514

 THE VICTORY  Phil Wickham | 2011 | CCLI Song #5990179

 SHOW US YOUR GLORY  Jeremy Scott \ Matt Bushard | 2012 | CCLI Song #6482992

 MORE AND MORE OF YOU  Jennie Lee Riddle | Jonathan Lee | Richie Fike | 2012 | CCLI Song #6381691

 THE SAME LOVE  Michael Rossback | Paul Baloche | 2011 | CCLI Song #6180933

  TO OUR GOD  Brian Johnson \ Jeremy Riddle \ Joel Taylor | 2012 | CCLI Song #6227023

 SING YOUR PRAISE  Scott Keller \ Sheri Carr | 2007 | CCLI Song #5096592

 GLORIFIED  Jared Anderson | 2008 | CCLI Song #5078730

  HE PAID IT ALL  Brandon Heath \ Deana Carter | 2012 | CCLI Song #6396136

  THIS IS AMAZING GRACE  Jeremy Riddle \ Josh Farro \ Phil Wickham | 2012 | CCLI Song #6333821

 NEW DAY  Ben Cantelon \ Nick Herbert | 2011 | CCLI Song #6054557

 OUR MESSIAH REIGNS  Glenn Packiam \ Ian Eskelin | 2011 | CCLI Song #5881525

 MIRACLE OF GRACE Curtis Stephan | 2008 | CCLI Song #5767814

 REVEALED  Tara Ward \ Nathanael Washam | 2012 | worshipcurrent Featured Song

  REVELATION SONG  Jennie Lee Riddle | 2004 | CCLI Song #4447960

 GOD IS HERE  Darlene Zschech \ Israel Houghton \ Phil Wickham | 2013 | CCLI Song #6454669

 JESUS MESSIAH  Chris Tomlin \ Daniel Carson \ Ed Cash \ Jesse Reeves | 2008 | CCLI Song #5183443

 YOU REVIVE ME  Audrey Assad \ Chris Tomlin \ Matt Maher | 2012 | CCLI Song #6223601

 ALIVE AND RUNNING  Brett Younker \ Kristian Stanfill \ Louie Giglio | 2009 | CCLI Song #5444395

    This week’s worshipcurrent pick for Holy Communion/Eucharist
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Hymn Suggestions for the Day:

 NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD  Robert Lowry | Public Domain | CCLI Song #21332  | Hymnary

 TO GOD BE THE GLORY  Fanny J. Crosby \ William Howard Doane | Public Domain | CCLI Song #23426 | Hymnary

 MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE  Ray Palmer \ Lowell Mason | Public Domain | CCLI Song #43334 | Hymnary

 HERE O MY LORD I SEE YOU FACE TO FACE  Edward Dearle \ Horatius Bonar | Public Domain | CCLI Song #136265 | Hymnary

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