Easter Sunday Worship

Good morning all, Happy Easter. He has Risen

We joined Barry again this morning for our Easter Sunday Service live from the Manse.

Our Sunday Worship services are streamed live on our Facebook Page each Sunday at 11am and can be easily viewed on Facebook or for those that can’t access Facebook you can watch the recorded service from our YouTube channel, which should show below.

Call to Worship

Our of the darkness of grief and dispare, comes a message of hope. Christ is risen. 
Christ is risen, indeed.
We run to the tomb to see for ourselves, And it is true. Christ is risen
Christ is risen, indeed.
We hear a voice call our name, and we know our risen Lord is with us now and always.
Christ is risen.
Christ is risen, indeed. 
Thanks be to God.

Our first hymn today was Jesus Christ has Risen, sung by the First Plymouth Church in Plymouth, Nebraska, USA.

Opening prayer

Creator of life, 
in raising Christ, Jesus up, through, out of and beyond the chains of death you opens for us the way.
The way to eternal and abundant life, may our hallelujahs on this Easter Day float high above the ceiling of what we think we know and trancend to the heaven of what we believe and thus live.
Father God raise us up, renew our lives resurrect our dreams through Jesus Christ our living saviour in show words we now join together saying 

Our Father who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven 
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil, 
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. 

We then shared in a poem, The Answer is the empty tomb by Kevin Smead

The Answer is the empty tomb

My heart is full of worry
And my mind with anxious care
The answer is the empty tomb
His body is not there

My soul is filled with fear and shame
My life is filled with dread
The answer is the empty tomb
Christ risen from the dead

The world is full of sorrows
All the cities full of woe
The answer is the empty tomb
The whole world needs to know

The youth are filled with unbelief
The schools are filled with doubt
The answer is the empty tomb
The Savior made it out

No matter what you’re facing
No matter how it feels
The answer is the empty tomb
A risen Lord that heals


Our reading was John 20:11-29

Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’
‘They have taken my Lord away,’ she said, ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’ 14 At this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realise that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.’
16 Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’
She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means ‘Teacher’).
17 Jesus said, ‘Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’ And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus appears to his disciples
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’

Jesus appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’
But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ 27 Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’
28 Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’
29 Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’

Our second hymn is Thine be the glory.

Prayers for others

Lord God with faces touched by the light of a new day, and hearts warmed by our prayers and our praises we come before you to pray for the needs of our world.
Into the light of Easter morning we raise those who are struggling with illness especially all who are afflicted in any way by Coronavirus  and it's implications. With despair over their lives, with the breakdown of relationships,we pray for all who suffer in these ways. May the light of Christ shine upon them.
Into the light of this Easter morning we bring those places olin our world where war, violence, poverty and need are the experiences of everyday life. For all those who have disappeared from our television screens during this time of crisis but for whom the realities of famine, of war, of refugee status continue. May the light of Christ shine upon them. 
Into the light of Easter morning we bring all those in this country and around the world fighting against the effect of Coronavirus, in this country for those working with the NHS for those working in all front line essential services, for all of our politicians regardless of which party, we hold them in our prayers this morning. May the light of Christ shine upon them.
Into the light of this Easter morning we bring ourselves, the private struggles of our hearts our hidden dreams of  unfulfilled potential. We especially bring before you those who are known to us who need our prayers in a moment of silence

Father God who hears all the prayers of our hearts both those which are spoken and those which remain unspoken, may the light of Jesus Christ shine upon us today, and it is in his name that we pray.

We ended with the blessing. As the service closed we head the hymn He is Lord.

Thank you for joining us for our Sunday Worship, please join us tomorrow for our Daily Reflections session live on our Facebook Page at 11am and will be uploaded shortly after to our YouTube channel we will as always post them to our website too.