The Incarnation

“O Heavenly Word, Eternal Light”

Third Sunday of Easter

Watchword for the week — See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. 1 John 3:1

Sunday, April 18 — Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48

Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 2 Samuel 7:18

O bless the Lord, my soul!

His mercies bear in mind!

Forget not all his benefits!

The Lord to all is kind. (546)

God’s grace toward me has not been in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:10

Then bless his holy name,

whose grace has made us whole,

whoes loving kindness crowns our days!

O bless the Lord, my soul! (546)

Merciful God, there is more grace in you than sin in us. Let us not take this grace for granted, but use this gift you have given us for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

(Courtesy: Moravian Daily Texts 2021)


Scripture Read & Listen

Listen here: Psalm 4 read by Tinasha LaRaye in the NKJV

Psalm 4

The Safety of the Faithful

To the Chief Musician. With Stringed Instruments. A Psalm of David.

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
[b]Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

How long, O you sons of men,
Will you turn my glory to shame?
How long will you love worthlessness
And seek falsehood? Selah
But know that the Lord has [c]set apart for Himself him who is godly;
The Lord will hear when I call to Him.

Be[d] angry, and do not sin.
Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say,
“Who will show us any good?”
Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
You have put gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Art Study for the Week

“The Incarnation” by Fridolin Leiber, 1853–1912. Public domain images.

The incarnation illustrated with scenes from the Old Testaments and the Gospels, with the Trinity in the central column, by Fridolin Leiber, 19th century.

Text of “Our Father” prayer with Trinity in central column (God the Father, dove of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ of Nazareth) and Biblical and symbolic scenes in left and right columns.

Source: The Incarnation of Jesus Christ


Hymns & Praises

Hymn: “What Wondrous Love Is This?
(Original Lyrics) Author: Anonymous

1 What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul?

2 When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul.

3 To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb who is the great I Am,
while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
while millions join the theme, I will sing.

4 And when from death I’m free I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and through eternity I’ll sing on.


Closing Prayer

For the Church:

O Gracious Father, we humbly beseech thee for thy holy Church; that thou wouldst be pleased to fill it with all truth, in all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, establish it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Him who died and rose again, and ever liveth to make intercession for us, Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

1928 Book of Common Prayer