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Order of Service - 12 April 2020 Readings

Following new guidance by the Diocese, live-streaming from the Church is at the moment not allowed. Easter Sunday's prayers, readings and reflections are available below.

EASTER SUNDAY 12th April

EASTER SUNDAY

Jesus Christ is risen:

The feast, good Christians, therefore keep;

The Lamb has bled to save the sheep

Christ innocent, our ransom paid,

Mankind and God at one have made:

Alleluya, Alleluya.

 

Jesus Christ is risen:

Speak Mary Magdalen and say

What sawest thou upon the way?

'I saw the grave, and there adored

The glory of the risen Lord':

 

Jesus Christ is risen:

'Within the grave on either hand

I saw a white-robed angel stand;

My Saviour Christ, my hope my stay

Hath risen from the tomb today':

 

Jesus Christ is risen:

We know for certain, truth to tell,

That Christ arose from death and hell;

And while thy Paschal song we sing,

Have pity on us, Victor King:

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.

Readings

Jeremiah 31:1-6, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18.

Prayers

We pray that all will experience the transforming power of Christ's resurrection.

We pray for the sad and anxious.

We pray for the sick and for all who care for them. By name we pray for; Dean Draper, Otto Lein and Bill Scott.

We give thanks for the Easter promise of eternal life and pray for those who have died, our friends, members of our family and for those who have died recently and especially, Ginette Ghorghiu, Andrea Fancellu and Barbara Pendegrass.

Reflection

In the various accounts we have of the first Easter morning women go to the tomb. In St John's Gospel it is just Mary Magdalen. In Mark she is accompanied by Mary, the mother of James and by Salome. These were part of the little group of women who seem to have looked after Jesus. His female followers were never far away and he was clearly very fond of them.

Anyway, a small group of these women get up early. Had they slept at all? Probably not. Perhaps a little, worn out by the final days of Christ's ministry and by grief at his violent end. They got up early as dawn was breaking. Their instinct and calling to serve and support means that they set off to do one last thing for their Lord and Master. After so much caring there was one last thing to do - to prepare the body, to wash it to anoint it, wrap it in clean clothes, to leave it in the tomb.

And so they pass through the sleeping city, a city full of people who had just kept the Passover Feast, with all the religious fervour and danger of civil disturbance that that had involved. A fresh and clear morning perhaps, but made dark for the women by their grief. They go with heavy hearts to care for the body of Jesus. But the water, the spices, the myrrh, the clean grave clothes they carry will never be used. The tomb is empty.

We do not know what happened when Jesus rose from the dead. We do not know what happened to him, what change he underwent, what it was like for him to rise.

We do know some of the things which happened to his disciples, what caused them to see, to hear, to touch if they chose. Through the signs of his presence which he gave he made them understand at least this about himself: that the whole Jesus who had lived with them before the Passion was alive and with them again, nothing had been lost, where everything had been glorified. Their sorrow turned to joy, their fear to courage.

As we live out our lives we also know sorrow and fear just as those first disciples did. The promise of this Easter morning is that we shall also know some of the same joy and receive the same courage.