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Welcome to our Easter Sunday service

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Easter service part 1 (video)

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Opening Prayer
Risen Lord Jesus, we gather today to celebrate. We gather to share in the joy of your resurrection. The stone has been rolled away, death has been defeated, you have overcome all the powers of darkness. May we know your risen presence with us today.

Easter Greeting
Alleluia Christ is risen 
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Hymn  (words are on the video)
Crown Him with many crowns & Joyful joyful
Acoustic version by Reawaken Hymns

Summary of the law
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: the first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandments greater than these.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Amen.  Lord, have mercy.
When we have failed to recognise you as our Saviour,
when we have failed to acknowledge you as our risen Lord,
when we have doubted that you are with us:
forgive us, and fill our hearts with joy.

When we have not shared your good news,
when we have been too concerned with ourselves,
when we have not shared the joy of knowing you with others:
forgive us, and fill our hearts with joy.

When we have failed to bring hope to the hopeless,
when we have failed to bring joy to the joyless,
when we have failed to offer your grace to those who hurt us:
forgive us, and fill our hearts with joy.

Collect for Easter Sunday
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.

    Reading 1 (audio only)Easter service 2020.003
    Matthew 28. 1-10  read by Nigel Lowe

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1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.” Now I have told you.’
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshipped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’

Easter service 2020.003    Reading 2 (audio only)
    Acts 10. 34-43 read by Kate Holliday

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34 Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism 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.’

Easter Sermon slide    Sermon (audio only) Revd Natasha Brady

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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 in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the disciples:
this we have received, and this we believe.  Amen.

Easter service 2020.004    Intercessions (audio only)
    Prepared and read by Nigel Lowe
    The response is:
    For in you O Lord ~ Do we put our trust

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Easter service part 2 (video)
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The Peace
The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said,
 ‘Peace be with you’
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
In Christ Alone - written by Stuart Townend
Virtual Choir version by David Wesley with thanks.
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! - who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

Eucharistic Prayer
The Lord be with you
and also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.
But chiefly we are bound to praise you because you raised him gloriously from the dead. For he is the true paschal lamb who was offered for us, and has taken away the sin of the world. By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has restored to us everlasting life.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might:
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest.

We praise and bless you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord;and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.
On the night before he died he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you. He broke the bread, gave it to them and said: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.
When supper was ended he took the cup of wine. Again he praised you, gave it to them and said: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
Praise to you Lord Jesus:
Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life: Lord Jesus, come in glory.
So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross. Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation, we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.
Lord of all life, help us to work together until that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth. Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with all the saints to feast at your table in heaven. Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever. 
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.

Breaking of the bread
Jesus says, I am the bread of life, whoever eats this bread will live for ever.
Lord our hearts hunger for you; give us this bread always.
Giving of Communion
Alleluia.  Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
Music during our spiritual Communion
When I needed a neighbour - written by Sydney Carter
This is an instrumental version by Megan J but here are the words if you'd like to sing along...

When I needed a neighbour,
Were you there, were you there?
When I needed a neighbour, were you there?
And the creed and the colour
And the name won't matter,
Were you there?

I was hungry and thirsty,
Were you there, were you there?
I was hungry and thirsty, were you there?
And the creed and the colour
And the name won't matter,
Were you there?

When I needed a shelter
Were you there, were you there?
When I needed a shelter were you there?
And the creed and the colour
And the name won't matter,
Were you there?

When I needed a healer,
Were you there, were you there?
When I needed a healer, were you there?
And the creed and the colour
And the name won't matter,
I'll be there.

Prayer after communion
Living God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread:
and opened our eyes of faith, that we may see him in all his redeeming work;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.  Amen.

Final Hymn
Be thou my vision (words are on the video)
Acoustic version by Reawaken Hymns

Easter Blessing
We are raised to new life with Christ.
Go in his peace. Alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God, Alleluia, alleluia.

Last but not least... a virtual Easter Egg Hunt! How many can you spot on the video of St Giles' churchyard? Send your answer to Natasha via for a mention on our Easter blog next week.

Thank you for worshiping with us!
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