OUR SERVICE THIS WEEK

AN EASTER DAY WORSHIP SERVICE for us to share at on

Sunday 4th April 2021 EASTER DAY at 2pm

Before we begin our Zoom or at a distance service, let’s reflect upon the burial clothes and the empty tomb.

Welcome Greeting:

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever.
Amen.

Alleluia. Christ is risen
He is risen indeed.

The Easter Day Collect:

Lord of all life and power,
Who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
Overcame the old order of sin and death
To make all things new in Him:
Grant that we, being dead to sin
And alive to you in Jesus Christ,
May reign with Him in glory;
To whom with You and the Holy Spirit
Be praise and honour, glory and might,
Now and in all eternity.
Amen.

Our Opening Hymn: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, Alleluia

1 Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

2 Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

3 But the pains which He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

The Invitation to Confession

We have come together
in the name of Christ
To offer our praise and thanksgiving
To hear and receive God’s holy word
To pray for the needs of the world
And to seek the forgiveness of our sins
That by the power of the Holy Spirit
We may give ourselves to the service of God.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.
[Saying after me]

Most Merciful God
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
We confess that we have sinned
In thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy,
Forgive what we have been
Help us to amend what we are
And direct what we shall be.
That we may act justly, love mercy
And walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen

We pray that the Father of all mercies
May cleanse us from our sins
And restore us in his image
To the praise and glory of his name
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Almighty and everlasting God
We thank you that you have brought us safely
To this Easter day
To the beginning of this new day
Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger
Order us in all our doings and guide us to do always
What is righteous in your sight
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Let us pray with one heart and mind.
We pray that our risen Lord will lead us to eternal life.
Lord, listen to the prayers of your people.

In faith we pray: We pray to you our God.

We pause. Please offer your own prayers to God our Father

Prayers for this week

We make this prayerful request to God for his sustaining help in this time of continuing trouble.

In the day of my trouble, I have sought the Lord.
God our shepherd,
you led us and saved us in times of old;
do not forget your people in their troubles,
but raise up your power to sustain the poor and helpless;
for the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen

And we offer this prayer of hopeful love

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
Amen

We read these extracts from PSALM 72 – A Psalm of Solomon

Give the king Your judgments, O God,
And Your righteousness to the king’s Son.
He will judge Your people with righteousness,
And Your poor with justice.
The mountains will bring peace to the people,
And the little hills, by righteousness.
He will bring justice to the poor of the people;
He will save the children of the needy,
And will break in pieces the
oppressor.
They shall fear You
As long as the sun and moon endure,
Throughout all generations.
He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing,
Like showers that water the earth.
In His days the righteous shall flourish,
And abundance of peace,
Until the moon is no more.
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth.
Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him,
And His enemies will lick the dust.
Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him;
All nations shall serve Him. 
For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
The poor also, and him who has no helper.
He will spare the poor and needy,
And will save the souls of the needy.
He will redeem their life from oppression and violence;
And precious shall be their blood in His sight.
His name shall endure forever;
His name shall continue as long as the sun.
And men shall be blessed in Him;
All nations shall call Him blessed.
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who only does wondrous things!
And blessed be His glorious name forever!
And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen and Amen.

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be
World without end.
Amen

The Gospel Reading Reverend Jenni has selected for Easter Day is from the Gospel according to St Mark

St Mark’s Gospel Chapter 16 – verses 1-8:  The Resurrection of Jesus

Jesus Has Risen

16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.

Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

Pause after the reading.

Try to ‘Hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us today through the Gospel’.

Then reflect upon Reverend Jenni’s words about the Gospel.

After Jenni’s reflections, we’ll say THE LORD’S PRAYER.

Trusting in the compassion of God,
we pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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,
the power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

Reverend Jenni  & I would like to offer to share the Peace with you:

“May the
The Peace of the Risen Lord be always with you”

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Our second Hymn: Thine Be The Glory, Risen Conquering Son

1 Thine be the glory,
Risen, conqu’ring Son;
Endless is the victory,
Thou o’er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment
Rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes
Where Thy body lay.

{Chorus}
Thine be the glory,
Risen conquering Son,
Endless is the victory,
Thou o’er death hast won.

2 Lo! Jesus meets us,
Risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us,
Scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness,
Hymns of triumph sing;
For her Lord now liveth,
Death hath lost its sting.

3 No more we doubt Thee,
Glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught without Thee;
Aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conquerors,
Through Thy deathless love:
Bring us safe through Jordan
To Thy home above.

Concluding prayers

Dear Lord we thank you for your love
in revealing yourself in Jesus Christ.
We cannot see you, creator God,
but in Jesus we are able to see more clearly,
and to begin to understand.

We pray for all those struggling in the face of the pandemic.
We pray for emergency and medical workers, carers, delivery drivers, teachers, shop workers, refuse collectors, and all others who put themselves in danger to make life possible for everybody else.

We pray for politicians in all countries as they struggle to make very difficult choices as we face a disaster over which in many parts of the world we still have so little control.

Lord in your Mercy: Hear Our Prayer

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen and all who serve under her.
Give your wise counsel to them and all the world’s leaders.
Let us remember wherever there is conflict in our world and pray for peace. 
May peace and your will prevail.

Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

Heavenly Father, we praise you
for all the blessings given to the sick for whom we pray,
for those stricken by the coronavirus,
and all suffering in any way in body, mind or spirit.

{we remember before God those we know to be in need of his caring love}

Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

With our whole hearts, we thank you today
for those who care for the sick and the vulnerable
for the sick who have been made whole,
for those who are better,
and for those who have been drawn closer to you.

Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

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LORD Jesus, we believe that
Your sacrifice on the cross
redeemed us from the power of sin,
so that we may be forgiven.

We confess all our sins before you
holding nothing back.
We repent of all our sins,
and turn away from them.

We turn to You, LORD Jesus,
for mercy and forgiveness.

By a decision of our will,
We forgive – unreservedly –
all those who have ever
sinned against us
intentionally or unintentionally
– in thought, word or deed.

We turn away from all bitterness,
all resentment, and all hatred.
LORD Jesus, we know that You
are ‘a Man of sorrows,
and acquainted with the grief’
that pierces our soul.

To you, LORD Jesus, we lift up our soul.
We give to You all our sorrows and our grief,
and we ask You to give us your rest.

These things we ask you Lord, this Easter Day, in Your Name:
Amen

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

Amen

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
And the love of God
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all evermore.
Amen

The Easter BLESSING from Reverend Jenni

God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen you to walk with him in HIs risen life;
and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.
Amen

Prayers for this week

And so we go in Peace
To love and serve the Lord
In the Name of Christ
Amen

Reverend Jenni & LLM Paul wish everyone a
Happy Easter

4.4.2021     LLM Paul