Easter Sunday

EASTER DAY SERVICE

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GREETING

Alleluia Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
He has given us new life and hope
by raising Jesus from the dead.

HYMN

COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God
to whom all hearts be open
all desires known
and from whom no secrets are hidden;
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 Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. Amen. Lord, have mercy.

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CONFESSION

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,
we come to you in sorrow for our sins,
and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.
Like Mary at the empty tomb
We fail to grasp the wonder of your presence
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors
We are afraid to be seen as your followers.
Christ have mercy, Christ have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room
We are slow to believe.
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

ABSOLUTION

May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by his Spirit
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

GLORIA

COLLECT

Almighty God, who through Son, Jesus Christ,
have overcome death and opened the gates of eternal life:
grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of his resurrection
may be raised from the death of sin
by your life- giving Spirit;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen

What Does 1 Peter 1:21 Mean?

READING ACTS 10: 34- 43

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts people from every nation who fear him and do what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

HYMN

GOSPEL READING John 20:1-18

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John chapter 20 beginning at verse 1

Glory to Christ our Saviour.

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Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but I have seen the Lord!she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew,  Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious gospel.

Praise to Christ our Lord

SERMON

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I read a wonderful story about a Rector, who was asked to conduct a graveside burial service for a member of his church. The only problem was, the cemetery was more than an hour and a half away from the church. The Rector wasn’t feeling well, so he decided to travel with the Funeral Director in the hearse. By the time they arrived at the cemetery, the Rector was truly sick with flu-like symptoms. Feverish and sick, he made it through the service, but he was deathly pale and obviously not well. As they headed back home, the funeral director suggested the Rector might stretch out in the back of the hearse, since it was now empty. It had curtains and nobody would see him. The Rector decided to do so and promptly fell asleep. He awoke when the vehicle stopped. Taking a few minutes to fully awaken, he slowly sat up and drew the side curtain to see where he was. Suddenly he was face to face with a petrol station attendant. Needless to say the attendant was surprised and shocked to see a body in the back of the hearse rise up and stare back at him. With all the colour drained out of him and his eyes as wide as saucers, the attendant ran on shaky legs back into the petrol station, while the funeral director tried to catch up to explain the whole situation.

“I’m pretty sure,” that’s how the women who came to the empty tomb that first Easter morning . . . felt. They had to have run on shaky legs back to the disciples, their hearts pounding with both shock and excitement.” What happened that first Easter is an amazing story! A man had risen from the dead. Every once in a while we hear about someone whose heart has stopped and is given CPR and revived. BUT dead for three days! Buried in the ground for three days! Never before and never since has this happened in human history! This is new- this is good news! This good news took the breath of the disciples away, and changed their lives for ever. Their time with the Lord was not in vain after all- all Jesus said and promised is true. Alleluia! He is risen!

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For some disciples the truth of the resurrection took longer to penetrate than others. We read that the other disciple, that outran Peter, presumably John, entered the tomb, saw and believed. For John he just knew that the Lord has risen; that His Lord is alive. For Thomas, Mary, and undoubtedly others, it was not their immediate reaction to the news of the empty tomb. For them it was more of a gradual awakening, as the presence of the risen Lord touched them and the reality of the truth dawned upon them. My journey of faith was a gradual awakening but for some of my friends it was a very clear and sudden awareness of Christ in their lives. How we come to faith matters not; what matters is the life-changing impact this relationship with the Risen Lord has on us.

We can eavesdrop on Mary’s life- changing encounter with Jesus. We see in today’s gospel a distraught and traumatised Mary, who just wants to have one more glimpse of her Lord to say her final farewell. It didn’t matter to her that his body was wrapped up in cloths – all she wanted- was to be close to him. She had loved Jesus in life, now she loved him in death. She served him in life, now she meant to serve him in death. She was there at the tomb, alone, because death could not destroy her love.

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What she did not know was that death itself had been overcome and that Jesus had risen. For her the empty tomb spoke of a body being moved away, and so she cried out to Jesus, whom she believed was the gardener that “they have taken my Lord away and I don’t know where to find him.” In his new creative form Mary does not recognise Jesus, so Jesus asks her again-“Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Mary pours out her heart to him about her loss. It is not until Mary hears her own name uttered twice in the familiar indentation of Jesus that the truth dawns upon her. What an intimate moment of reunion as Mary replies in Aramaic “Rabboni” and clings to him.

Mary is yet to learn that she could not cling to Jesus in his new creative form in the same way as she had done in the past. Her life would now be changed for ever .She had to surrender to the new reality of the risen Jesus. It is only when we cease to cling to experiences, realities, relationships that have had their day that we move on and live in the future. The resurrection offers us like Mary hope for our own lives; it teaches that loss is often the prelude to new discovery; it leads us into a new deepening of trust.

Loss, in so many varied ways, is prevalent in our minds at the moment. Who would have believed me, if this time last year, I told you that in 2020 you would all be in lockdown; that you would only be allowed to leave your home for exercise once a day; that you would be mainly working from home; schools would be closed, retail shops would be closed and that rugby and footballs would be cancelled and all theatres and cinemas are closed? Yes it does sound incredible and whilst sadly true, it is not the whole story, for as one writer said “It is Friday but Sunday is coming.” It was true for Jesus, and it will be true for us.

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On Friday Jesus hung on a tree but Sunday is coming.

It was Friday and Mary was crying her eyes out. The disciples were running in every direction, like sheep without a shepherd. But that was Friday Sunday is coming.

It was Friday the cynics were looking at the world and saying that ‘as things have been so they shall be. You can’t change anything in this world; you can’t change anything. But those cynics did not know that it was only Friday, Sunday is coming!

It was Friday and on Friday those forces that oppress the poor and make the poor suffer so, were in control. But that was Friday Sunday’s coming.

It was Friday and on Friday Pilate thought he had washed his hands of a lot of trouble, but Sunday is coming.

On Friday the Pharisees were strutting around, laughing and poking each other in the ribs. They thought that they were back in charge of things, but they didn’t know that it was Friday and Sunday was coming.

Sunday’s coming that is the good news that the world is waiting to hear. Sunday is all about resurrection, hope, new beginnings, new possibilities and opportunities. This is the good news that we can enjoy and that’s the good news we have to share with the world.

It's friday but sunday is coming

When we are depressed and downcast in this lockdown, we are to remind people that Sunday is coming.

When people feel that they can never recover from this crisis, we have to share the truth that Sunday is coming.

When folks have lost all hope and meaning in life, we are to remind that Sunday is coming.

When people feel that there is no light at the end of the tunnel, we need to tell them Sunday is coming.

We must go to a world that is suffering from this coronavirus, from a struggling economy, from isolation and fear and tell them that Sunday is coming.

Our world may be in a mess-that’s Friday, Sunday is coming. There will be resurrection, there will be new hope- there will be joy. People, in different situations in life, will testify that from that pit of darkness and hopelessness comes resurrection- that Friday gives way to Sunday.

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The gap between Friday to Sunday can seem interminable, desperate and excruciating but that Friday will give way to Sunday- there will be resurrection. There will be joy. Easter is all about Jesus rising from the dead- it’s all about resurrection! It’s all about resurrection from darkness to light, from despair to hope, from sin to wholeness, from hopelessness to joy.

Yes, it was Friday but Easter Sunday is here. There will be resurrection in this life and in the next – for Christ is risen, he has risen indeed alleluia! Amen!

NICENE CREED

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 substance 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 of 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.
With the Father and the Son,
he is worshipped 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.

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PRAYERS

As we celebrate this Easter day
we pray that our Risen Saviour
may fill us with the joy
of his glorious and life- giving resurrection…
God of glory
hear our prayer

As we think of our brothers and sisters around the world,
we pray that isolated and persecuted churches
may find fresh strength in the good news of Easter…
God of glory
hear our prayer

As we think of the coronavirus
we pray that you may grant us the humility
to serve one another in Christian love,
and that we might know
your hand of protection,
leading and guiding us.
God of glory
hear our prayer

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As we think of the demand for resources around the world
we pray that you may provide for those
who lack food, work or shelter,
particularly in the refugee camps.
God of glory
hear our prayer

As we think of countries in hostility and poverty
we pray that by your power war and famine
may cease through our world.
God of glory
hear our prayer

As we think of those who are sick,
with this pandemic and with other illnesses,
we pray that you may reveal your presence and love
to the sick, the weak and the dying,
to comfort and strengthen them.
God of glory
hear our prayer

As we think of the great news of Easter
help us to remember in times of difficulty,
that resurrection will come,
that darkness will give way to light,
despair to hope,
and sadness to joy.
Help us to bear witness to the resurrection.
God of glory
hear our prayer Amen.

HYMN

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BLESSING

God, who through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ,
has given us victory,
give you joy and peace in your faith;
and the blessing of God almighty, Father , Son and Holy Spirit
be with you this day and always. Amen

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