Easter Sunday Service

 

Easter Sunday 12th April 2020

We really miss coming to see you each month at the moment and hearing all your news but are thinking and praying for you.

Today is Easter Sunday.  It is the end of the long journey of Lent and Holy Week in which we travel with Jesus through his ministry, to the cross and now to his resurrection.  It is a day when we think about a new dawn; coming out of the darkness into the light of new life.

It has been a difficult and dark time for us recently in this country and in the world as a whole.  We know that this will continue until we are all safe from this pandemic but we also know that it won’t go on for ever – we have hope for the future.  For the disciples on Easter Morning there didn’t seem to be any hope and for Mary Magdalene as she went to Jesus’ tomb there was only despair as she found it empty.  But then, through her tears, she saw a stranger who she thought was the gardener, someone tending the graves.  She didn’t recognise Jesus until he spoke her name.  Sometimes we don’t immediately recognise the joy that is in front of us – just like Mary Magdalene.  But even in this time of fear and uncertainty there are times of joy.  It could be in the care and compassion we receive from the people around us, sharing a conversation, being with those who share our home even though we may not be able to see our families and friends at the moment.

So on this Easter Day, let’s think of the good things around us, the things that bring us hope for the future and a new dawn when we have come through the darkness.

A Prayer for Easter Day

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And on this day of resurrection

Help us to look to the future with hope and joy.
Amen.

A Hymn to sing on Easter Day

Thine be the Glory

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.

Refrain:
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won.

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.

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won.

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.

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won.

Please find below a link to the ‘pew sheet’ that includes a weekly reflection based on the Bible readings whilst the churches are closed.

2020 April 12th PEW SHEET