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Easter Day 4/4/21

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Prayers & Sermon for Easter Day with Sermon and Hymns 

Broadcast and Livestreamed options for Worship on Easter Day
6.35 am  Radio 4  A Sunrise Service
8.10 am  Radio 4 Sunday Worship for Easter Day including a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury
9.30 am  A modern style of worship from Christ Church Gipsy Hill available from 9.30 am at: Christ Church Gipsy Hill - Home | Facebook.22
10.00 am  BBC 1 Easter Day Service from Canterbury Cathedral
10.00 am  The Cathedral Eucharist is available from 10.00 am at: Chester Cathedral - YouTube
A wide variety of Book of Common Prayer services can be accessed through the Prayer Book Society website at: Online streaming of BCP services - The Prayer Book Society (pbs.org.uk)


BBC 1 Countryfile at 6.00 pm on Easter Day is featuring an item about the rural church.  The interview they conducted with me has landed on the cutting room floor because the item has not been allocated the amount of time originally anticipated, but the research I have been doing has informed the item which they are able to broadcast.  If you have time and energy after the last few days, you may wish to view it.

With every blessing as we celebrate the resurrection in our many different ways.

Rev Anne

Prayers for Easter Day

 

The Collect for Easter Day

 

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.

 

Post Communion Prayer

God of Life,

who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son

to death o the cross,

and by his glorious resurrection

have delivered us from the power of our enemy:

grant us so to die daily to sin,

that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Prayers of Intercession

 

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…
We pray to the Father:

Hear our prayer.

 

That isolated and persecuted churches
may find fresh strength in the good news of Easter
we pray to the Father:
Hear our prayer.

 

That God may grant us humility

to be subject to one another in Christian love

we pray to the Father:

Hear our prayer.

 

That he may provide for those who lack food, work or shelter
we pray to the Father:

Hear our prayer.

 

That by his power, war and famine may cease through all the world,

we pray to the Father:

Hear our prayer.

 

That he may reveal the light of his presence to the sick, the weak and the dying,

to comfort and strengthen them,

we pray to the Father:

Hear our prayer.

 

That, according to his promises,

all who have died in the faith of the resurrection

may be raised on the last day,

we pray to the Father:

Hear our prayer.

 

That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people,

so that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection,

we pray to the Father: 

Hear our prayer.

 

Heavenly Father,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant that, as his death has recalled us to life,

so his continual presence in us may raise us to eternal joy;

through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


A Sermon for Easter Day 4 April 2021
Mark 16: 1 – 8

Alleluia, Christ is risen!  It is a triumphant shout (or it would be if our responses were not muted by masks).  It is the shout of those who know the truth that death was not the end and Jesus rose from the dead.  The shout of those who know the whole story….

Celebrating the triumph of resurrection on Easter morning is right and proper.  Christ is risen and death, that last enemy, is defeated.  Alleluia!…. but we need to celebrate conscious that we know the whole story.

Perhaps this year, when death has been a daily reality in a way it has not been for recent generations, is the time to step back 2000 years and into the shoes of those who witnessed the first resurrection.

A time to wonder at what the resurrection might have looked like to those crazed with grief following the brutal death of their closest friend, and the shattering of their hopes of a brighter future, free from the oppression of Rome.

What might the resurrection have looked like to the women as they brought the burial spices to the tomb early that first Easter morning?  They were coming, at the earliest possible moment, to tend to the body of their friend.  They had no expectation of an empty tomb and an encounter with angels.  No wonder they fled the tomb in terror, telling no-one what they had seen because they were afraid?

Mark’s account, brief and to the point as always, makes space even in the original form we heard today, for the women to recover sufficiently to tell what they have seen to Peter and those around him.  It finds space, too, for a final brief sentence telling how Jesus appeared and sent them out to the ends of the earth to proclaim salvation.  But this too is written with the benefit of hindsight.

For now, the women are faced with an empty tomb and they are afraid.  Which brings us to the point of how the resurrection happened… to which we do not have an answer.

Certainly, it was no great triumphant dazzling show.  There were no witnesses; in Matthew’s Gospel, even those charged with guarding the tomb are shaken when angels appear to tell of the resurrection.  A resurrection which has happened by the power of God alone, in the silence of the night, without fanfare, performance or fuss.

The glorious resurrection of Jesus was not greeted with triumph and victory.  The final defiant defeat of humanity’s final enemy happened quietly and gently.  It would be some time before victorious alleluias could be sung from the lips of the first witnesses.

Mark’s account of the resurrection is not a comfortable one for those who like a quick-fix shot of celebration and triumph on Easter morning, but it is a necessary voice to hear as we celebrate the resurrection once more under COVID restrictions.

It has come as a shock to a culture which has come to think of death as an exceptional failure to be avoided at all costs, to be faced with death on a scale not known since the end of the 2nd World War.  As we begin to find our way, so very haltingly, towards a normality which cannot be the same as the one we knew before the pandemic, Mark’s brief, understated account of the resurrection can bring us hope.

Jesus’ resurrection, however quiet and unobtrusive, was a single triumphant victory over death.  For his disciples, resurrection happens more slowly.  Revealed over time as the longer ending of Mark’s Gospel, written much later than the short ending, tells us.  As the accounts of the resurrection in the other Gospels tells us.  For the disciples, resurrection was not a single event.  They had to see Jesus on several occasions, and with their own eyes before the truth dawned and victory could be entered into.

Jesus’ resurrection was a triumphant victory over the final enemy of death, and we celebrate it joyfully this morning.  But we should not be surprised if our own post-COVID resurrections are less dramatic; teasing us that new life is possible, even as we continue in a painful, unrelenting reality which would seek to tell us of a different truth. 

Alleluia!  Christ is risen.  Death is defeated.  Resurrection is true, even for the terrified women who fled the site of the resurrection because they were afraid.

Alleluia!  Christ is risen.  Death is defeated.  Resurrection is true, even for those terrified by grief; loss; isolation, and afraid of life beyond the pandemic.

Recognising that, much less celebrating new post-pandemic life, may take time and a few more halting resurrections along the way, even as we live in the light of resurrection truth this Easter Day.

Amen.

SA Lawson

 



HYMNS

 

EASTER HYMN-JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY - YouTube

The Strife is O'er [with lyrics for congregations] - YouTube

This Joyful Eastertide [with lyrics for congregations] - YouTube (Chris & Heather, if you want to choose something better known for the WhatsApp service, please do)

Thine Be The Glory - YouTube