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You will need for today’s service, a small bowl of water, a candle a pen and paper.
If you are doing this alone, say the Bold and normal type. If in a group assign one person to say the normal type and everyone join in with the bold type. The Italics are directions for actions within the service.
Today is Easter Day.
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Light your candle as you pray:
As we light this candle in prayer we ask God’s blessing on us, our family, our church and world. We ask Christ to surround and his Angels to protect us.
open our ears to hear your word
and draw us closer to you,
that the whole world may be one with you
as you are one with us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Psalm (Poem) for the Week say this aloud quietly and slowly
Psalm 118.1-2, 14-24
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let Israel say:
“His love endures forever.”
The Lord is my strength and my defence;
he has become my salvation.
Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
The Lord has chastened me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.
Open for me the gates of the righteous;
I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord
through which the righteous may enter.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
and it is marvellous in our eyes.
The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.
Penitence where we reflect on the good and bad of the last week
Meditation on our last week:
Quietly look at your candle burn before you.
Think of the one thing that you are most proud of this week
Where have you surprised yourself with your kindness or patience
Quietly think it over and relive that moment in your mind.
Feel the Joy within you as you notice God’s presence.
Write it down and place it by your candle
Think of one thing that you are ashamed of this week.
What led to that thought, action or inaction?
How did this make you feel?
Now touch the water in your bowl and trace the sign of the cross on your forehead
Then say aloud:
Lord God I am your child my I turn away from the darkness of depression to the joy of love
The Prayer for the week:
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.
The Word where we listen to the Bible Readings and the Sermon
This week’s readings are:
This week our featured reading is from John 20.1-18 read it aloud below.
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 laid 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 word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Intercessions we pray for others and our world.
Spend some time thinking about situations in your life or in our community and world.
What is it in the Church that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down
What is in your family that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down
What have you seen on the news that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down
What have you heard about within our community that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down
Who do you know who is sick at the moment? Think for a moment and write it down
Think about your loved ones who have passed, Think for a moment and write it down
Take a drop of water on your finger, touch each person or situation you have written, as you do this pray aloud for each one written..
Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on us.
Thanksgiving where we say Thank you to God and bring to him all we thought and prayed about today
Listen to the choir sing, this is a hymn they sing during communion. As you listen think back over all the readings, prayers, sermon and your own life. Within you heart, say thank you to God for those things that led you to feel that deep Joy within you.
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Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord
In the name of Christ Amen.
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