April 1, 2018 - Easter Day

Easter 2018
The Gathering
of the Community
 From the entrance

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
    The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:
    he has given us new life and hope
    by raising Jesus from the dead.
God has claimed us as his own:
    God has made us light to the world.
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
    The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Processional Hymn 203: Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
    The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
May God’s Grace and peace be with you.
    May God fill our hearts with joy.

The Collect of the Day [Page 1]
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
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Choir Anthem: Hark, Ten Thousand Harps & Voices

The Holy Gospel: John 16:1-8


An Affirmation of Faith [Page 4]
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 Community (Easter)
In joy and hope let us pray to the source of all life: that our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his holy and life-giving resurrection, God of love:
    Hear our prayer.
That isolated and persecuted churches may find fresh strength in the Easter gospel, God of love:
    Hear our prayer.
That you may grant us humility to be subject to one another in Christian love, that you will bless the clergy and people of St. Paul’s Church to minister with love and that we will be a people of justice. God of love:
    Hear our prayer.
That you will help us provide for those who lack food, work, or shelter; that governments and aid agencies will work together to bring about your mercy in the world. God of love:
    Hear our prayer.
That by your power wars and famine may cease through all the earth, and we pray for people on this globe affected by drought and in danger of famine; and for people in war torn places, that we may stop our warring madness. God of love:
    Hear our prayer.
That you may reveal the light of your presence to the sick, the weak, and the dying, that they may be comforted and strengthened, we pray for those we know who are ill at home or in the hospital, especially;
For others, we may name out loud or in our hearts…
Use only if there’s a name to be prayer for…
We pray for those who have died in the peace of Christ and whose faith is known to you alone, especially…
And we pray for all who mourn that they may be comforted.
God of love:
    Hear our prayer.
That you may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon us, your people, and that we may be forgiven all our sins and bear faithful witness to the resurrection of Jesus the Christ, God of love:
    Hear our prayer.
Eternal God, you create us by your power and redeem us by your love. Guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that we may give ourselves today in love and service to one another and to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Peace
The peace of the risen Christ be always with you
    and also with you. Alleluia!

The Celebration
of the Holy Eucharist

Hymn 233: He Rose

Prayer Over the Gifts [Page 5]
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.

Supplementary Eucharistic Prayer 3
The Lord be with you.
    And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
    We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to thank you and praise you, holy and gracious God, creator of all things, ruler of heaven and earth, sustainer of life, for you are the source of all goodness, rich in mercy and abounding in love; you are faithful to your people in every generation, and your word endures for ever.

Therefore with angels and archangels, with the fellowship of saints and the company of heaven, we glorify your holy name, evermore praising you and singing,
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.
We praise you, merciful Father, not as we ought, but as we are able, because in your tender love you gave the world your only Son, in order that the world might be saved through him. He made you known by taking the form of a servant, healing the sick, liberating the oppressed, reaching out to the lost.

Betrayed, reviled, and nailed to the cross, he confronted the power of sin and disarmed it for ever. In his offering of himself, he became the perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Redeemed by Christ, we have been adopted as your children; by your pardon you have made us worthy to praise you.

On the night he was betrayed, Jesus, at supper with his friends, took bread, gave you thanks, broke the bread, gave it to them, and said, “Take and eat: this is my body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “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. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

In obedience to him and with grateful hearts we approach your holy table, remembering our Saviour’s sacrifice, and rejoicing in his victory. Confident in his sovereign purpose, we declare our faith.
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

Send your Holy Spirit on us that as we receive this bread and this cup we may partake of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

May we be renewed in his risen life, filled with love, and strengthened in our will to serve others; and make of our lives, we pray, a pure and holy sacrifice, acceptable to you, knitting us together as one in your Son Jesus Christ, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and forever. 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 (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.

Giving of Communion
Alleluia! Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.
    Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

Lamb of God

- 207: At the Lamb’s high Feast We Sing
- 230: The Tomb Is Empty! Come and See
- Alive, Alive 

The Sending Forth
of the Community
Hymn 232: Jesus Is Risen from the Grave

Prayer after Communion [Page 8]
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.

Recessional Hymn 210: Yours Be the Glory

The Scattering (Mark 4:20)
Alleluia! Alleluia!
He is not here. He is risen.
Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!