12th April 2020

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Leader:        Alleluia, Christ is risen.

All:             He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


Leader:        This is the Good News –

                   The grave is empty,

                   Christ is risen.

All:             Hallelujah!

Leader:        This is the Good News –

                   The light shines in the darkness

                   And the darkness shall never put it out.

All:             Hallelujah!

Leader:        This is the Good News –

                   Once we were no people,

                   Now we are God’s people.

All:             Hallelujah!


Leader:        The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:             And also with you.


Leader:        A welcome to our Live Stream Service and notices

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Collect for Easter

All:             God of Glory,

                   By the raising of your Son

                   You have broken the chains of death and hell:

                   Fill your church with faith and hope;

                   For a new day has dawned

                   And the way to life stands open

                   In our saviour Jesus Christ.



Leader:        Lord God,

                   Early in the morning,

                   When the world was young,

                   You made life in all its beauty and terror;

                   You gave birth to all that we know.


                   Hallowed be your name,

All:             Hallowed be your name.


Leader:        Early in the morning,

                   When the world least expected it,

                   A newborn child crying in a cradle

                   Announced that you had come among us,

                   That you were one of us.


                   Hallowed be your name,

All:             Hallowed be your name.


Leader:        Early in the morning,

                   Surrounded by respectable liars,

                   Religious leaders,

                   Anxious statesmen

                   And silent friends,

                   You accepted the penalty for doing good,

                   For being God:

                   You shouldered and suffered the cross.


                   Hallowed be your name,

All:             Hallowed be your name.


Leader:        Early in the morning,

                   A voice in a guarded graveyard

                   And footsteps in the dew

                   Proved that you had risen,

                   That you had come back

                   To those and for those

                   Who had forgotten, denied and destroyed you.


                   Hallowed be your name,

All:             Hallowed be your name.



Leader:        This morning,

                   In the multi-coloured company

                   Of your Church on earth and in heaven,

                   We celebrate your creation, your life,

                   Your death and resurrection,

                   Your interest in us;

                   So we pray,

All:              Lord, bring new life,

                   Where we are worn and tired;

                   New love,

                   Where we have turned hard hearted;


                   Where we feel hurt

                   And where we have wounded;

                   And the joy and freedom

                   Of your Holy Spirit,

                   Where we are prisoners of ourselves.




Leader:        To all and to each,

                   On his community and on his friends,

                   Where regret is real,

                   Jesus pronounces his pardon

                   And grants us the right to begin again.

All:             Thanks be to God!      Amen.



We say the Lord’s Prayer together

                   Our Father in heaven,

                   Hallowed be your name,

                   Your kingdom come,

                   Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

                   Give us today our daily bread,

                   Forgive us our sins,

                   As we forgive those who sin against us,

                   Save us in the time of trial

                   And deliver us from evil,

                   For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

                   Now and forever. Amen.



Our Readings:    Jeremiah 31: 1-6                                                   © NASB

1 “At that time,” declares the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”

Thus says the Lord,
“The people who survived the sword
Found grace in the wilderness—
Israel, when it went to find its rest.”
The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
“Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
Again you will take up your tambourines,
And go forth to the dances of the merrymakers.
“Again you will plant vineyards
On the hills of Samaria;
The planters will plant
And will enjoy them.
“For there will be a day when watchmen
On the hills of Ephraim call out,
‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
To the Lord our God.’”


John 20: 1-18      The Resurrection of Jesus                                     © NRSV

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ 14 When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ 16 Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’ 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


Reflection from the Rectory


Time to Pray        



Leader:        Glory be to you,

All:             God, our strength and our redeemer.


Leader:        The vacant cross and the empty tomb

                   Vindicate your claim

                   That the love which suffers

                   Is the love which saves.


                   So fill your people with joy

                   And your church with celebration

All:             That the world may know

                   That your holy Son Jesus

                   Is not a dead hero we commemorate,

                   But the living Lord we worship,

                   To whom with you and the Holy Spirit,

                   Be our praise for ever. Amen.


Blessing:    The God of peace,

                   Who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

                   That great shepherd of the sheep,

                   Through the blood of the eternal covenant,

                   Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,

                   Working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;

                   And the blessing of God almighty,

                   The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

                   Be among you and remain with you always.

All:             Amen.


Leader:        Go in peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

All:             Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.


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