Third Sunday in Easter – Acts 9, Ps 30, Rev 5 & Jn 21

Oh yes, this week’s liturgy resources allude to all four RCL passages! Count ’em, FOUR! (But, of course, you can use the confession and absolution, blessing and dismissal at any time, not just on weeks when you have those readings.)

For reflections and printable craft on John 21, see this post.

It’s always lovely to hear how readers are using stuff, so please do drop me a line and let me know when you’ve used Reflectionary liturgy resources. Would you be interested in having them in book form in due course? (Arranged by scripture or week?)

I also have news of a couple of lovely books from the equally lovely Paul Chilcote, whom I know through Wesley House, Cambridge.

The first is Sheltering in the Psalms: 30 days of prayer with Charles Wesley. This is a devotional based on Wesley’s “lyrical paraphrase of the psalter” interspersed with selections from his superb hymns. Full of spiritual meat, you can spread this over more than 30 days if you want to chew at a slower pace.

The second, Fill your Heart with Love: 30 days of Prayer with Methodist Women is another treasure trove. Again, with enough material to make a Bible study course or sermon series, not just daily devotions, Paul has woven the wise words of tradition with the freshness of today.

Both books are highly readable and provide deep wells of spiritual nourishment. Highly recommended. For more details, see the post on our sister site

Liturgy Resources for the Third Sunday in Easter

Acts 9:1-20, Psalm 30, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19

Confession and Absolution

We have closed our eyes against your light.
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

We have covered our ears against your voice.
Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

We have refused to see and hear, and heeded not your call to go.
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

May God take the scales from our eyes,
unstop our ears,
and incline our hearts to follow him,
that we, with Paul, may
be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Amen, Lord have mercy.


As God’s forgiven people we exclaim:
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.

You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have clothed me with joy.

My soul will praise you, O Lord my God,
I will give thanks to you forever.

Blessing and Dismissal

May the worship of heaven surround you this day,
may you hear the myriad voices singing praise to the Lamb upon the throne,
may your heart be full to overflowing with the joy of knowing him
to whom is blessing and honour and glory and might for ever.

Go now, in the strength of him who loves you,
who is your shepherd and guide,
your shield and rock.

And follow him.
In the name of Christ.

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