Service for Easter Sunday

Sunday Worship
Great Malvern Priory
12th April 2020 • Easter Day
Hidden in Plain Sight

 

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We say the words in bold together & the words in red are for guidance.

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Opening Sentence

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1.3

 

O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

In your resurrection, O Christ,
Let heaven and earth rejoice. Alleluia.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory forever.
As once you ransomed your people from Egypt
and led them to freedom in the promised land,
so now you have delivered us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your risen Son.
May we, the first fruits of your new creation,
rejoice in this new day you have made,
and praise you for your mighty acts.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.

 

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Hymn: A&M 215 See, what a morning

See what a morning, gloriously bright
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes
Tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce Christ is risen!
See God’s salvation plan, wrought in love,
Borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man, for He lives,
Christ is risen from the dead!


See Mary weeping: ‘Where is He laid?
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name:
It’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope,
Bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!


One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit
Who clothes faith with certainty,
Honour and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned
With power and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won
Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

(Words & Music: Stuart Townend and Keith Getty)

 

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

Silence is kept.

 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.

Amen.

    Children's Talk

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Psalm 114


Refrain: Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord.

 

1 When Israel came out of Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of a strange tongue,

2 Judah became his sanctuary, 
Israel his dominion.

3 The sea saw that, and fled; 
Jordan was driven back.

4 The mountains skipped like rams,
the little hills like young sheep.

Refrain: Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord.

5 What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?
O Jordan, that you were driven back?

6 You mountains, that you skipped like rams,
you little hills like young sheep?

7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,

8 Who turns the hard rock into a pool of water,
the flint-stone into a springing well.

 

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord.
Strike the rock of our hard hearts, O God,
and let our tears of joy and sorrow
mould us to bear the imprint of your love,
given in Christ our risen Lord.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

First Reading

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Reading: John 20 1-10

1 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. 2 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.’ 3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. 4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

 

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Hymn: A&M 208 Light’s glittering morn bedecks the sky

Light's glittering morn bedecks the sky;
heaven thunders forth its victor-cry:
Alleluia, alleluia.
The glad earth shouts her triumph high,
and groaning hell makes wild reply:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia.


That Eastertide with joy was bright,
the sun shone out with fairer light,
Alleluia, alleluia.
when, to their longing eyes restored,
the glad apostles saw their Lord:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia.

All praise be thine, O risen Lord,
from death to endless life restored;
Alleluia, alleluia.
all praise to God the Father be
and Holy Ghost eternally:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia.


(Music: Lasst uns erfreuen/arr.Vaughan Williams; Words: J.M.Neale based on Aurora lucis rutilat)

 

Second Reading

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Reading: 1 Corinthians 15 12-20

 

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. 17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.

 

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Anthem: This joyful Eastertide

This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow.
My Love, the Crucified, hath sprung to life this morrow.
Had Christ, that once was slain, ne'er burst his three-day prison,
Our faith had been in vain: but now hath Christ arisen.

My flesh in hope shall rest, and for a season slumber:
Till trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number.
Had Christ, that once was slain, ne'er burst his three-day prison,
Our faith had been in vain: but now hath Christ arisen.

Death's flood hath lost his chill, since Jesus crossed the river:
Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver.
Had Christ, that once was slain, ne'er burst his three-day prison,
Our faith had been in vain: but now hath Christ arisen.

(Music: “Vruechten”, Amsterdam 1685, arr. J. Barnard; Words: G.R. Woodward)

 

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Hymn: Once again

Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice
You became nothing, poured out to death
Many times I've wondered at your gift of life
And I'm in that place once again
I'm in that place once again


And once again I look upon the cross where you died
I'm humbled by your mercy and I'm broken inside
Once again I thank you
Once again I pour out my life
Pour out our life's to you


Now you are exalted to the highest place
King of the heavens, where one day I'll bow
But for now I marvel at your saving grace
And I'm full of praise once again
Full of praise today
I'm full of praise once again


(Words & Music: Matt Redman)

 

Sermon

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Intercessions

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Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you this Easter Day that He who was crucified, dead and buried has broken free from the tomb and is now alive for evermore, our risen, loving Lord. Although we cannot meet as a church to celebrate together, thank you that we belong to your worldwide family, as members of your body here on earth. Help us to serve you in new ways in these difficult days, expressing your message of love and hope for a world in darkness and sorrow. 

Living Lord: scatter the darkness from our hearts and from Your world.

 

Lord of love, we thank you that you were willing to lose everything for our sakes, and you understand how we feel when we face grief and loss. We pray in this time of pandemic for your peace and healing for all who are experiencing the loss of someone they love, or the loss of health and strength, or livelihood, or companionship, or future plans, or the comfort of independence and routine. You tell us not to be afraid. Help us to focus on your resurrection hope.

Living Lord: scatter the darkness from our hearts and from Your world.

 

Heavenly Father, we pray for our Queen, thanking you for the inspiration and stability that she brings. We pray for healing for our Prime Minister and for wisdom for all in government and their advisors. Please prosper the efforts of all engaged in scientific and medical research. May they work well together to understand the virus better and find ways to contain and overcome it. 

Living Lord: scatter the darkness from our hearts and from Your world.

 

God of compassion, we thank you for all who are working sacrificially and courageously to care for the sick, the vulnerable, and the dying, in our hospitals, care homes, and in people’s homes. We ask for your protection and strength for them. We pray too for energy and resilience for other key workers producing and providing essential food, goods, and services, and designing and supplying vital protective equipment. We pray for those engaged both locally and globally in co-ordinating responses, asking for international co-operation. 

Living Lord: scatter the darkness from our hearts and from Your world.

 

Lord of life, we pray for ourselves and those we hold dear. May we move from darkness to light, from despair to hope, from fear to joy, from death to life. May we be a part of your new creation, for you are making all things new. 

Living Lord: scatter the darkness from our hearts and from Your world.

 

            

The Collect of the day

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.

Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
as our Saviour taught us, so we 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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Conclusion

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Hymn: A&M Thine be the glory

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son:
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son:
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting:
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son:
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of Life;
life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above:
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son:
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

(Music: “Maccabaeus” - G.F.Handel; Words: Edmund Budry, transl. from A toi la gloire, O Ressuscité)



The Blessing

May the blessing of God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 
Be with us and remain with us always.
Amen

 

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Organ Voluntary: Presto from Organ Concerto in F HWV 293 - G.F. Handel

 

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Words of songs reproduced under licence CCL 6110 

 


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