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Sunday, April 23, 2017
4:00 pm High Altar


The Second Sunday of Easter is commonly called Low Sunday because it follows the hugely important and busy Holy Week and Easter Day, and therefore is a Sunday when the church slows down, the choir on break. However, Low Sunday is especially important to us at Saint Thomas, because it is the Sunday when we have the Gospel from John 20:19-31, wherein we have the description of Doubting Thomas (our patron saint) who, at long last, having seen the Risen Christ, declares “My Lord and my God.” And Jesus responds, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

Here are some sermons from past Low Sundays:

Probing the Wounds (2013) by Fr Spurlock
Where Was Thomas? (2012) by Fr Spurlock
Faith, Doubt and the Sign of Thomas (2009) by Fr Austin
Doubt is Okay, but Beware of Magical Thinking (2007) by Fr Austin
Tommy-Come-Lately (2006) by Fr Andrew
St Puddleglum (2002) by Fr Mead


Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery hast established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Officiant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Turner

Sung by: The University of London Church Choir, London, UK, Ms. Sally Martin-Brown, Director

Prelude: Variations: Noël nouvelet, Philip Moore (b. 1943)

Hymn: 182
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing

Responses: Gabriel Jackson (b. 1962)

Psalm: 111 Anglican Chant (F. Jackson)

Lesson: Exodus 14:5-22

Hymn: 187
Through the Red Sea brought at last, Alleluia!

Magnificat: in D, George Dyson (1883-1964)

Lesson 2: John 14:1-7

Nunc dimittis: Nunc dimittis, Kathryn Rose (b. 1980)

Anthem: Williams Matthias (1934-1992)

Hymn: 212
Awake, arise, lift up your voice

Voluntary: ‘At Easter-tide’, from Six Occasional Preludes, Op. 182, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

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