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Welcome to the 9:30 Church At Home

On Easter Sunday, churches across the world will celebrate because Jesus died for our sins and then rose again.
On the third day after being crucified, Jesus’ tomb was found to be empty. He had risen from the dead. Life triumphs over death! The joy of resurrection is possible only because Christ endured death and conquered it.
Throughout Lent, churches are kept stark and bare but on Easter Sunday, the churches are decorated with flowers and the sombre purple of Lent is replaced with celebratory white or gold. There is a real party feel to many services with uplifting music and repeated alleluias (an exclamation of joyful praise).
Easter Day marks the beginning of fifty days of celebrating Jesus’ resurrection.

The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.’
(Matthew 28.5-6)

Alleluia. Christ is risen
He is risen indeed. Alleluia

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
He has given us new life and hope.
He has raised Jesus from the dead.

Alleluia. Christ is risen
He is risen indeed. Alleluia

First Hymn

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today, Hallelujah!
You can also listen on Spotify here.

Prayers Of Penitence

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord, we come to you in sorrow for our sins,
and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,
and not by the power of your resurrection.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,
as faithless and not believing.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.

May the God of love and power
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Dedication

Lord Jesus Christ, you emptied yourself, taking the form of a servant.
Through your love, make us servants of one another

Lord Jesus Christ, you gave yourself for us.
We give back to you out of the time, energy and money you have given us.

Lord Jesus Christ, for our sake you became poor:
May our lives and gifts enrich the life of your world.

Second Hymn

One Day When Heaven Was Filled With His Praises
You can also listen on Spotify here.

First Reading

34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Acts 10:34-43 (NIV)

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

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 around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize 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 toward 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.

John 20:1-18 (NIV)

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Teaching

Watch this week’s talk below.

Reflection

Watch this week’s talk and then reflect on these questions.

Suggestion: For the discussion parts of this, you could do this by setting up a WhatsApp video call/ Skype/ phone call, or by chatting it through with any members of your family who are with you in your home.

  • What particularly stood out to you from today’s message?
  • What do you think God might be saying to you today?
  • What do you think he might be inviting you to do about it?
  • Who could you tell, share this with this week to help you do what God says?

Third Hymn

Low In The Grave He Lay
You can also listen on Spotify here.

Affirmation Of 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
afterwards he appeared to his followers,
and to all the apostles:
this we have received,
and this we believe.
Amen.

Collect

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.

Prayer Of Intercession

In joy and hope let us pray to the Father.

That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his glorious and life-giving resurrection.
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

That isolated and persecuted churches
may find fresh strength in the good news of Easter.
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

Hear our prayer.
That God may grant us humility
to be subject to one another in Christian love. Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

That he may provide for those who lack food, work or shelter.
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

That by his power war and famine may cease through all the world
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

That he may reveal the light of his presence to the sick, the weak and the dying,
to comfort and strengthen them.
We remember especially……………………
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

That, according to his promises,
all who have died in the faith of the resurrection may be raised on the last day, We remember…………………
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people, so that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection,
Lord in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

The Lord's Prayer

As our Saviour taught us:

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.

Fourth Hymn

I Serve A Risen Saviour
You can also listen on Spotify here.

Conclusion

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

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He has given us new life and hope.
He has raised Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own.
He has brought us out of darkness.
He has made us light to the world.

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

The Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’
Then were they glad when they saw the Lord.
Alleluia.

The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you.