March 27, 2016 - Easter Day

The Gathering of the Community

Hymn 203: Jesus Christ is Risen Today

The Gathering

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: Hark. Ten Thousand Harps and Voices

The Holy Gospel
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Luke
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again." Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.  24:1-12
The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


An Affirmation of Faith – cf 1 Corinthians 15.3-7

The Prayers of the People
… let us pray to the Lord.
Hear us, Lord of glory!

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 3
The Lord’s Prayer
The Breaking of the Bread - 8 Easter Season

The Communion

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

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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