Online Service for Easter Day, Sunday 4th April 2021

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Online Service for Easter Day, Sunday 4th April 2021

On-Line Service for Easter Day 2021.

St Andrew’s Church Burnham on Sea.



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Hymn

Jesus Christ is risen Today

 

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 that he endured,
Alleluia.
our salvation have procured;
Alleluia.
now above the sky he's King,
Alleluia.
where the angels ever sing.
Alleluia.

Introduction

Christ yesterday and today,

the beginning and the end,

Alpha and Omega,

all time belongs to him,

and all ages;

to him be glory and power,

through every age and for ever.

All   Amen.



Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All   He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Welcome to the service for Easter Day.

This is the day when our Lord Jesus Christ was raised gloriously from the dead, crushing the power of sin and destroying the sting of death. Throughout the world Christians celebrate the mighty power of God as Christ calls us out of darkness to share in his marvellous light. May we, and all Christ’s people, shine as lights in the world to the glory of God the Father.

 

The light of Christ.

All   Thanks be to God.



Prayers of Penitence

Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.

Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil

And confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.

 

Like Mary at the empty tomb,

we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Lord have mercy

All    Lord have mercy

Like the disciples behind locked doors,

we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.

All    Christ, have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room,

we are slow to believe.

Lord, have mercy.

All    Lord, have mercy.

The 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.



Word of God

The first reading is taken from the Acts of the Apostles chapter 10: verses 34-43

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 

You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 

We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and 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 ordained by God 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.”

This is the word of the Lord”

Alleluia(sung)

Hear the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to

The Gospel of Saint John chapter 20: verses1-18

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 towards 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.

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 him.’ 

When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ 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. This is the Holy Gospel.”

Reflection

O, Lord open my lips and my mouth shalt declare thy praise.

The very early morning is one of the most beautiful times of day. There is a quietness and innocence to the day at the moment of time when night meets dawn all is Silent. The birds are not yet singing, the wind is still, a tension between night and day fills the air creating a “sacred space”.

As Mary Magdalene came to the tomb of Jesus and saw that the stone had been removed, she entered into this Sacred space. It is in this Sacred space she meets the risen Lord. It is in this Sacred space that Mary is held whilst Jesus transforms her sadness into amazement and Joy. The happenings that occur can only make sense in a Sacred space for they are beyond human reasonings. Jesus was in the process of fulfilling His and our Heavenly Fathers Will, which is our Salvation.

Mary is Us and we learn through her that in order to recognise Christ we have to search for the Living Christ. Mary was looking for the Christ she had come to know, the Christ who had loved her and given her forgiveness and acceptance, the Christ she loved and she truly believed was now crucified and laid in a tomb. She was not seeking Christ who was fully alive, risen from the dead and asking that she as a disciple listen to him and obey him for the good of others. Once she had come to recognise him, she was able to listen and take part in the great commandment of drawing all to Him. Jesus told her “go to my brothers...” When Jesus drew her to the realisation that she was looking for the wrong thing which was the dead body of her Lord, she was released from her tears of deep sorrow and she became filled with Joy. She had so much Joy all she wanted to do was hold Jesus to and for herself. We learn later in the passage that Jesus was not to be held to or just for her, He had given his life for All.

In that Sacred space between night and dawn into which Mary had entered it was Jesus who enabled Mary to recognise him. In Mary we again see the reflection of our lives, we seek, and we learn as she did to seek a risen Lord, but we also like Mary learn that God as we seek is calling and moving towards us, ever drawing closer. But we do not, and cannot recognise him as we are still looking for our poor limited images of Christ. It is when we answer to our name which he is ever calling and make that deeply faithful reply “Rabbouni”(teacher) that we can have some small comprehension of and relationship with Christ. “She turned” in love and if we turn in love as Mary did, we too are surrendering and allowing Him to become our teacher and guide.

The Sacred space also revealed a Mary who sook so hard, and so fully, that she failed to see the signs of the resurrection, the stone rolled away from the entrance of the tomb which was empty and the grave cloths folded carefully. She thought of human reasons for that, perhaps the gardener had moved Jesus? Jesus in his deep gentleness and generosity let her discover him, let her come to knowledge of his resurrection in her own time. He held her in infinite love and care. It was a powerful message but born of quietness and gentleness. Like the sunrise coming quietly on the day until the day is ready to be filled with the light. So, the resurrection of Jesus was revealed to Mary. She was just one person, and from Mary that one person following the Word of Christ in the Garden, the Light of Christ has come in to fill the world.

Mary is Us; we are, all called to seek, be found, recognise, listen, obey and proclaim “Jesus Christ is risen. He is risen indeed”. As we enter that Sacred space between night and dawn in prayer let us seek a risen Lord, listen for our name loving called by Christ and turn to answer Him in faith and love by replying “Rabbouni”

May the good Lord make us all willing to follow Him”! (John Henry Newman)

Thank you for listening”



Hymn

The day of Resurrection

 

1 The day of resurrection,
Earth, tell it out abroad!
the passover of gladness,
the passover of God!
From death to life eternal,
from earth up to the sky,
our God has brought us over
with hymns of victory.

2 Our hearts be pure from evil,
that we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal
of resurrection light;
and, listening to his accents,
may hear, so calm and plain,
his own 'All hail!' and, hearing
may raise the victor strain.

3 Now let the heavens be joyful,
and earth her song begin,
the round world keep high triumph,
and all that is therein;
let all things seen and unseen
their notes of gladness blend,
for Christ the Lord is risen,
our joy that has no end.



Intercessions

In joy and hope let us pray to the Father.

That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his glorious and life-giving resurrection

The Lord is risen.

All    He has risen indeed! Alleluia, Alleluia.



We pray for those Churches throughout the world that today stand empty because of Covid-19 , but like the empty tomb, are alive in the body of our risen Lord, and in every home that worships him today. We remember our church leaders today, especially Bishop Ruth as she guides the Bath and Wells diocese in these challenging times.

Lord in your mercy, All    hear our prayer.

Our Risen Lord, we ask for your blessing and loving care for all those who are in any need or distress in the world. May we be attentive to those in need and give through wisdom, with love, and in generosity, to them.

Lord in your mercy, All    hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are unwell in our community and those we know in the wider community. We remember Bishop Peter and give thanks for his ministry and pray for his continued good recovery. We pray for the relatives of all who are unwell that they may be given in right measure strength and rest.

Lord in your mercy, All    hear our prayer.



With the words of Resurrection fresh in our hearts and minds, we pray that peace be granted to the bereaved and we commend to your eternal love those who have died, of all nationalities and beliefs, that they may all live with Our Risen Lord. in your kingdom for ever.

Lord in your mercy, All    hear our prayer.



Lord God, we thank you for the precious gift of new life; may we never again take it for granted, but live each moment in the fullness of life that Jesus has gained for us.

All Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen



Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All    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.





Blessing

The God of peace,

who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

that great shepherd of the sheep,

through the blood of the eternal covenant,

make you perfect in every good work to do his will,

working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All   Amen.

 

Hymn

Thine be the Glory

1 Thine be the glory, risen conquering 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.
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.
Refrain

3 No more we doubt thee, glorious prince of life!
Life is nought 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.
Refrain

 



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