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               St Clement Church Community Easter Day Service

 

Good morning to you all.

I do hope that in all the strangeness and anxiety of this current crisis, that you can find time to reflect on the Easter message and in it, find the hope that is so needed at this time. I do thank all those of you who have, by one means or another, contacted me, it is good to talk and always encouraging to hear how you are finding ways of living in these times. Much love, prayers, keep safe, and may the hope of Easter give you strength.  Rev Di and family xx

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen.  He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

 

Through him we have come to trust in God who raised Jesus from the dead and gave him glory, so that our faith and hope are set on God.      

 

 

Let us pray: Lord Jesus Christ, risen from death to life in the father’s love,

raise us to share in new life, that we may know your presence among us now, and serve you in the power of the Spirit. Amen.

 

Our prayers of Penitence

The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews; Jesus came and stood among them and said;

“Peace be with you.”                                      

This Easter Day we bring our fears and failings to the risen Christ:

 

When we are faced with a challenge, but regress into old attitudes,

Lord, have mercy. 

 

When we allow past hurts to undermine our present relationships,

Christ, have mercy.  

 

When we face these difficult times, but fail to trust in your loving purposes,

Lord, have mercy. 

 

When we look inwards to our selfish concerns rather than outwards to a world in need,

Christ, have mercy. 

 

When we are agents of gloom rather than messengers of hope,

Lord, have mercy. 

 

May Almighty God have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins and failings, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Let us pray our Collect for Easter Day

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. Amen.

 

The Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

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. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 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. 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.’

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 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.’

Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ which means Teacher. 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.“’ 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.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.    Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

Reflection

For our church community this must be our strangest Easter Day ever.

Normally we would be gathering together, maybe getting up early to watch the sun rise, to celebrate the words; ‘Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark ……’

Today would have been a round of joyous alleluias and happy greetings, a shared service then perhaps heading home for a special shared family Easter meal.

But this year there is none of that.   Yes, as an early riser, I will watch dawn break, I will hear the words in my head, knowing there will be no social gathering, no joyous worship, no extended shared family meal.

It is a strange time, and yet, that is what Easter is all about.

That first Easter was a strange time; a time for hope over despair; light over the darkness; joy over sadness; life over death.

Today above all days, when we recall the wonderful, the amazing, the hope that is freely given, Praise the lord, alleluia.

Alleluia means literally save us, help us, and that more than ever is what we are hoping for, praying for, living for.

I know that in a world full of pain and struggle, especially with Covid 19,

people are scared and worried and afraid.  

Afraid about loved ones they cannot be with, about what may happen to them, their families and friends in the days and weeks to come, about how we can continue.

But I also know that we are given hope in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. That all will be well in the end.  That the end of this life is not the end for us. That whatever happens here is just part of an eternal journey.

The life, death and empty tomb of Christ tells us this.

This is our faith, and in the words of the hymn;

 

Because he lives I can face tomorrow,

Because he lives all fear is gone.

Because I know he holds the future,

and life is worth the living, just because he lives.

 

So, alleluia, praise the Lord this strange Easter but then, it always was.

Amen.

 

Affirmation of our faith

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 and afterwards he appeared to his followers and to all the apostles:

this we have received, and this we believe.         

 

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

 

Our intercessions as written by Daphne

Let us pray.

Merciful and loving God, as we come together this blessed Easter morning not in body, but in mind and strength of spirit.

God of promise and God of hope who through your great mercy have granted us faith and hope through the resurrection of your son Jesus Christ. We praise and worship your holy name.

We are walking in darkness through this pandemic, we have limited knowledge and no cure. We are worried and vulnerable and pray you will guide us to the way forward in our time of trouble.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for all who are sick at this time either from this awful virus or any other illness. We pray for all front line workers who are doing their duties without any thought of themselves or the risk they are exposed to as they care for the sick and those in need.

Please lay your healing hands on the sick and protect those out there day by day serving their fellow man.  We pray too for all who have lost their lives because of Covid19.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for all world leaders and governments that they will strive to address the problems all nations face with integrity and compassion.

We pray for our Queen and all the royal family at this time.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for all peoples in need, refugees, homeless, hungry, lonely, and in distress. Please lay your hands of love and comfort on all in distress.

Our hope must be from out of this unprecedented experience every one, world leaders and all mankind will heed the signs of our vulnerability and vow to live a better life. We need to show consideration to our planet, our wildlife, and our fellows.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

 May this blessed Easter day bring the promise not only of the resurrection but our solemn pledge to make our world a kinder fairer and better place. If we are spared this pandemic, out of this darkness may we bring light, hope and joy to all we meet.

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Gathering our prayers and praises into one,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour taught us,

 

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 trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples

and said, ‘Peace be with you.’

Then they were glad when they saw the risen Lord.

Alleluia!  May the peace of the risen Lord be always with us.

 

Blessing

May the light of Christ surround us,

may the Love of God enfold us,

may the presence of God watch over us,

may the power of God protect us and those whom we love, 

and may we never forget that wherever we are, God is also. 

Amen.


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