Collects and Readings the Second Sunday of Easter, 28th April 2019
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. Amen.
they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28saying, ‘We
gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined
to bring this man’s blood on us.’ 29But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather
than any human authority. 30The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.
31God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, so that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness
of sins. 32And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey
John 20. 19-31
19 When it was evening on that day, 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.’
24 But 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.’
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.’
30 Now 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 Collect:
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. Amen.
Prayers - we have
been asked to remember in our prayers:
David Aked-Walker, Father
Mike, Katie Hakin, Carole Harrington, Lynda Hinton, Diane Jones, Rev’d John Knight, Jill Knight, Philip Le Roux, Sylvia
Reynolds, and James Wagstaffe.