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!

March 25, 2016 - Good Friday

Organ Prelude
Followed by a period of silence as the choir and ministers enter.
11:00 am - The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

The Ministry of the Word
When the congregation has assembled and the ministers, having entered in silence, are in their places, all shall stand.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way,
And the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Christ the Lord became obedient unto death,
Even death on a cross.

Silence may be kept.

Almighty God,
our heavenly Father, we have sinned in thought and word and deed; we have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We pray you of your mercy, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.

The Collect of the Day
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
Almighty God, look graciously, we pray, on this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 22 (1-17)
Refrain: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; by night as well, but I find no rest. R Yet you are the Holy One, enthroned upon the praises of Israel. Our forefathers put their trust in you; they trusted, and you delivered them. R They cried out to you and were delivered; they trusted in you and were not put to shame.  But as for me, I am a worm and no man, scorned by all and despised by the people. R All who see me laugh me to scorn; they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying, "He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, if he delights in him." R Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.  I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb. R Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.  Many young bulls encircle me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me.  They open wide their jaws at me, like a ravening and a roaring lion. R I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; my heart within my breast is melting wax.  My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; and you have laid me in the dust of the grave. R Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.  They stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing. R

The Sermon       Archdeacon John Clarke

Hymn 192: Were You There (v. 1-5)

The Solemn Intercession (BAS)         pg. 309

The Meditation of the Cross
This is the wood of the cross,
on which hung the Saviour of the world.
Come let us worship.

The Shadow of the Cross
(Congregational parts)
Near The Cross

I Need Thee Every Hour

You Are My All In All

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

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 forever. Amen.

The Closing Prayer
Send down your abundant blessing, Lord, upon your people who have devoutly recalled the death of your Son in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection. Grant them pardon; bring them comfort. May their faith grow stronger and their eternal salvation be assured. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

There is no blessing or dismissal added to the service. The ministers, choir and congregation leave in silence (unless they desire to remain in the Church for prayer).