The Third Sunday of Easter

10:00 AM  Rite II; April 14, 2024

The Third Sunday of Easter

The Liturgy of the Word

Processional Hymn:  Good Christians all, rejoice and sing Hymn  205

The Opening Acclamation

Celebrant:    Alleluia. Christ is risen

People:        The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Children’s Dismissal for Godly Play

Gloria                  Hymnal S 280

The Collect of the Day

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson

Acts 3:6-19

Peter said to the man born lame “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, (rise and )walk.”  Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. He leaped up, stood, and walked around, and went into the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the one who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with amazement and astonishment at what had happened to him. As he clung to Peter and John, all the people hurried in amazement toward them in the portico called “Solomon’s Portico.” Peter addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.”

Reader:    The Word of the Lord

People:     Thanks be to God.

Psalm 4

1 Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
    you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2 “You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
    how long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?”

3 Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *
    when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

4 Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
    speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

5 Offer the appointed sacrifices *
    and put your trust in the Lord.

6 Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!” *
    Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.

7 You have put gladness in my heart, *
    more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

8 I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
    for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Second Lesson

1 John 3:1-7

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Reader:    The Word of the Lord

People:     Thanks be to God

Cantor sings Alleluia, congregation repeats, cantor sings verse, congregation sings Alleluia

Cantor: Speak, Lord, your servant is listening. Speak your words of wisdom, for the words you speak are everlasting life.

Priest:      The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to

                    Luke (24:36b-48)

People:       Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus himself stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

Priest:     The Gospel of the Lord.

People:    Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon                            The Rev. Jim Morrison

The Nicene Creed (all standing)
We believe in one God,
    the Father, the Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
    the only Son of God,
    eternally begotten of the Father,
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God, begotten, not made,
    of one Being with the Father.
    Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation
        he came down from heaven:
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
       he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
       and was made man.

           For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
        he suffered death and was buried.
           On the third day he rose again
           in accordance with the Scriptures;
                       he ascended into heaven
           and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

   and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver  of life,
    who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

    With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
    We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
    We look for the resurrection of the dead,
        and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the People

O God, your Son remained with his disciples after his resurrection,
teaching them to love all people as neighbors. As his disciples in this age, we offer our prayers on behalf of the universe in which we are privileged to live and our neighbors with whom we share it.

We pray for all who carry the responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel, may the Lord bless the baptized to boldly profess the power of God’s saving love by words and actions. 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

We pray for the leaders of the world.  May those entrusted with the responsibility of governing the nations work for justice and peace, resist selfish greed and power, and celebrate all people within their influence.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

We pray for all families on this earth.  May love prevail in our homes, may we seek forgiveness when we fall short of charity, and be empowered to bring joy, kindness, and blessings to each other. 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

We pray for all people who are discouraged and depressed.  We pray that the Easter message of New Life may take-root in their hearts and awaken them to new possibilities through God’s grace. 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

We remember those that lack the necessities of life.  Help our church community of St. Matthew’s to find opportunities to serve them.  Help us in our daily walk to reach out when opportunities are before us. 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

We pray for the departed and thank you Lord for their lives, light and wonder.  We pray for those who grieve their death.  May all who mourn find their pain eased and feel supported in the community of faith.

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer. 

We pause to bring our own prayers before the Lord.

Open our hearts to your power moving around us and between us and within us, until your glory is revealed in our love of both friend and enemy, in communities transformed by justice and compassion, and in the healing of all that is broken. Amen.

Confession of Sin

Priest and People

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;  in your compassion forgive us our sins,  known and unknown,  things done and left undone;  and so uphold us by your Spirit  that we may live and serve you in newness of life,  to the honor and glory of your  Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of Absolution

The Priest, stands and says

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

The Peace


            Birthdays and Anniversaries

 The Offertory 

Offertory Hymn:    Eye has not seen                          By Mart Hauger

Reception of Gifts

Eucharistic Prayer B

The people remain standing. The Celebrant faces them and says

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People:        And also with you.

Celebrant:    Lift up your hearts.

People:        We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant:    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:          It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Preface of the Lord’s Day

For you are the source of light and life, you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Sanctus                                                                             Hymnal S 129

Celebrant and People sing                                                        

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The people stand or kneel.

Then the Celebrant continues

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.  In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with our Blessed Mother Mary, St. Joseph, St. Matthew  and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ  our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

The Great Amen                                                                            S 146

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Fraction Anthem            S  164

The Breaking of the Bread

At St. Matthew’s we welcome all persons, regardless of denomination, who have been baptized with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to share in the communion at this Altar. Those wishing to receive a blessing only may cross their hands over their heart.

Communion Music:  Blessed Jesus at they word                   Hymn 440

                                    Awake, arise lift up your voice             Hymn 212

Post Communion Prayer

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Recessional Hymn:  He is risen, He is risen                       Hymn 2180

The Dismissal

Priest:       Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

People:     Thanks be to God.


Wednesday Healing Service

Every Wednesday at 5PM

St. Matthew’s Go Green

Next Sunday, April 21st,  we will celebrate Earth Day with a parish picnic following our Eucharist.  Please make plans to join in on the fun and festivities.  Music, food, children’s activities and blessing of our two new GO GREEN initiatives will be offered!   Free Seeds and Plants will be distributed! 


Our Church Nursery is open.  We will once again open our childcare for children 1 – 3 years old in the 1st floor of Tucker Hall. (the church/school office building). Children can be registered each Sunday and parents will be texted if needed.  Children can be received from 9:45am and will be available for pickup immediately after Sunday Eucharist.  Please contact Susan Waldron, for more information 

Children’s Sunday School

Children in Pre-K – 4th grades are invited to participate in Godly Play.  The children will be called at the beginning of the Mass to exit with their teachers.  They will return to the church before Holy Communion.   All families are encouraged to invite our children back to our church as we  open wide our arms to let the children come to Jesus!  For more information on this program, email Karen Barrilleaux


 Youth Group Meeting Monday, April 15, 2024, from 3:45 pm-4:45 pm in Parish Hall. This week we will explore the parable “Salt and Light”. First, as Jesus begins his Sermon on the Mount, he shares a parable that calls us “the salt of the earth.” This sermon took place long before “salty” became slang for bitter or passive-aggressive. In its ancient context, Jesus’ comparison of believers to salt reveals our calling to enhance the lives of those around us, give all the glory to God, and point people to Jesus.  Scripture: Matthew 5:13.

The Lunch Bunch

This Tuesday we invite you to gather with Fr. Jim for a fun lunch in the Parish Hall at 12 noon.  This Tuesday we will serve roast beef poboys, potatoes, and fruit.  Plates are $6 and all proceeds support our school.