April 5, 2015 - Easter Day

Easter Day
The Order of Service

The Gathering of the Community

The minister greets the people and says,
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
      The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Hymn 203: Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
      The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
May his grace and peace be with you.
      May he fill our hearts with joy.

Let us pray,
Lord of life and power, through the mighty resurrection of your Son, you have overcome the old order of sin and death and have made all things new in him. May we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, reign with him in glory, who with you and the Holy Spirit is alive, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Proclamation of the Word
A Reading from the Book of Acts
Then Peter began to speak to the Gentiles: "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." 10:34-43
The word of the Lord
      Thanks be to God

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Refrain: On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever. Let Israel now proclaim, "His mercy endures for ever." R The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. There is a sound of exultation and victory in the tents of the righteous: "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed! the right hand of the Lord is exalted! the right hand of the Lord has triumphed!" R I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. The Lord has punished me sorely, but he did not hand me over to death. R Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord. "This is the gate of the Lord; he who is righteous may enter." R I will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become my salvation. The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. R This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. R

Anthem: Christ is Risen, Alleluia!

The Holy Gospel
The Lord be with you.
      And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
      Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. 16:1-8
The Gospel of Christ.
      Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Junior Choir: Christ Arose! Hallelujah!

An Affirmation of Faith
Let us declare our faith
in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried;
he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers,
and to all the apostles:
this we have received,
and this we believe. Amen.
cf 1 Corinthians 15.3-7

The Prayers of the People
In joy and hope let us pray to God, that our risen Saviour may fill us and the whole community with the joy of his glorious and life-giving resurrection.

Jesus, light of the world, bring the light and peace of your gospel to the nations so that isolated and persecuted churches may find fresh strength in the good news of Easter, let us pray to the Lord.
      Hear us, Lord of glory!
Jesus, our way, our truth, our life, be with us and all who follow you in the way, that God may grant us humility to be subject to one another in Christian love, let us pray to the Lord.
      Hear us, Lord of glory!
Jesus, bread of life, give food to the hungry and nourish us all with your word, that we may provide for those who lack food, work, shelter, education or healthcare, let us pray to the Lord.
      Hear us, Lord of glory!
Jesus, Prince of peace, deepen our appreciation of your truth and fill us with your life, that by your power war and famine may cease through all the world, let us pray to the Lord.
      Hear us, Lord of glory!
Jesus, Good Shepherd who gave your life for the sheep, recover the straggler, bind up the injured, strengthen the sick and lead the healthy and strong to new pastures, that you the light of his presence will be known to the sick, the weak especially…
let us pray to the Lord.
      Hear us, Lord of glory!
Jesus, the resurrection and the life, we give you thanks for all who have lived and believed in you, raise us with them to eternal life, that, according to your promises, all who have died in the faith of the resurrection may be raised on the last day, especially…
let us pray to the Lord.
      Hear us, Lord of glory!
Jesus, who promised the Spirit of truth, send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon your people, that we may bear faithful witness to the resurrection, and your call to love and justice, let us pray to the Lord.
      Hear us, Lord of glory!
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.

The Peace
The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.  John 20.19, 20
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
      And also with you

Hymn 233: He Rose

Prayer over the Gifts
Let us pray,
God our strength and salvation, receive all we offer you this day, and grant that we who have confessed your name, and received new life in baptism, may live in the joy of the resurrection, through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

The Celebration of the Eucharist
Eucharistic Prayer B (Common Worship - UK)
The Lord is here.
      His Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
      We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
      It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Jesus Christ is Lord:
Lord, by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption. As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread - 8 Easter Season
Lord, we died with you on the cross.
      Now we are raised to new life.
We were buried in your tomb.
      Now we share in your resurrection.
Live in us, that we may live in you.

The Communion
The gifts of God for the People of God.
      Thanks be to God.

Anthem: Lamb of God
Hymns during-Communion
- How Beautiful
- 230: The tomb is Empty! Come and See
- Alive, Alive!

The Scattering (Mark 4:20)

Hymn: There is a Redeemer

Prayer after Communion
Let us pray
God of life, bring us to the glory of the resurrection promised in this Easter sacrament. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord. Amen.

The doxology
Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever. Amen.

God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead, strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life; and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Hymn 205: The Day of Resurrection

The Scattering
Alleluia! Alleluia!
He is not here. He is risen.
Go in the peace of Christ.
      Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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