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He is not here: He is RISEN!’

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.



Alleluia Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

He has given us new life and hope

by raising Jesus from the dead.


Almighty God

to whom all hearts be open

all desires known

and from whom no secrets are hidden;

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you

and worthily magnify your holy name

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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 commandment greater than these. Amen. Lord, have mercy.

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Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,

we come to you in sorrow for our sins,

and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

Like Mary at the empty tomb

We fail to grasp the wonder of your presence

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors

We are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ have mercy,

Christ have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room

We are slow to believe.

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy.


May the God of love and power

forgive you and free you from your sins,

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

sung by Billy Dewar Riddick


Almighty God, who through Son, Jesus Christ,

have overcome death

and opened the gates of eternal life:

grant that we,

who celebrate with joy the day of his resurrection

may be raised from the death of sin

by your life- giving Spirit;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

One God, world without end. Amen

ACTS 10: 34- 43
read by Gill Swales

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts people from every nation who fear him and do what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 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.”

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We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 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. 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. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

MARK 16: 1-8
read by Simon Lidwell

The Resurrection

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other,

Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

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John 20:1-18
read by Rev Janice Aiton

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John chapter 20 beginning at verse 1

Glory to Christ our Saviour.

The Resurrection of Jesus

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 toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

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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.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

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? Whom are you looking for?” 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!”

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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.

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious gospel.

Praise to Christ our Lord


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Befuddled is a good description of the mental, emotional, and spiritual state of the first disciples. That first Easter morning, when the women made their way to the tomb, the other disciples were locked away in an upper room, worried, fearful, and befuddled. The women on the other hand had just one significant question on their minds as they headed towards the tomb: “Who will roll away the stone for us?” The stone covering the entrance to the tomb was enormous and it would take the strength of several strong men to roll it away. So, these poor women thought that they faced an insurmountable problem.

Without moving this stone, how could they anoint their beloved Savior’s dead body. It would be their last act of love toward the one who showed them such love. But how? They were preoccupied with that one thought above everything else- how would they move the stone away? They were not worried about the soldiers and whether the soldiers would let them approach the tomb. They weren’t concerned about being arrested, as followers of Jesus.

Who Will Roll Away the Stone?" — Mark 16:3 (What Jesus Did!)

They weren’t bothered that Peter and the others stayed behind. They weren’t concerned with how they would react to seeing Jesus’ dead body, their Saviour, crucified and laying dead in a tomb. No. All they were really thinking about was, who would roll away the stone for them?

Who would have thought that the stone holds significance for us. It is interesting, to see that the detail of the stone being rolled away is recorded in all four gospels, which I believe tells us something significant about Easter. The stone being rolled away tells us that Easter is about the ways in which God removes obstacles in our life, those obstacles that try to keep us from God, and try to stop us from living the life that God has called us to live.

What large stones are in your life? What stones or obstacles keep you from living the full and abundant life with Christ in the here and now. Consider for a moment those challenges that seek metaphorically to keep you in the tombs. Think of those battles that paralyse us with fear, that ensnare us and prevent us from really living our new lives in Christ. these large stones teach us something wonderful about Easter and illustrates how God plans to remove those stones from our lives.

Who Will Roll Away The Stone In Your Life — CFFWBC

As mentioned earlier Peter and the other men who were following Jesus did not appear in our gospel reading. They not going to the tomb to help the women remove the stone. No, they are locked in the upper room, afraid for their safety and lives. In a way these disciples have created a tomb for themselves and have put their own stone over it. They were not seeking for this stone to be removed. Sometimes that’s true for us, isn’t it? We get in our own way. We create our own tombs. And the stone covering the tomb is our very own self.

Who will roll away that stone? Well, after Jesus was raised from the dead, he did as he promised. He showed himself to the disciples. Jesus entered the upper room, he rolled away their stone, he freed them of their fear, and he helped them to proclaim the good news to the world. That is part of the Easter miracle is for us, too. Our Risen Lord enters our lives, and even our tombs, and rolls away the stones that are keeping us from being all that God wants us to be. He frees us from fear and helps us to witness and proclaim his message to the world.

Who will roll away the stone? | Dr. M. DeWayne Anderson

The women, of course, didn’t need Jesus to come to the upper room. They had the courage to go to the tomb themselves. Even though they didn’t know what they would do when they got there. And that, too, teaches us something, doesn’t it? That sometimes we need to leave our tombs; we need to step out in faith; and we need to trust that God will be there for us and help us in our need. The women knew they couldn’t roll that stone away, but it did not stop them from going to the tomb. If Easter means anything, it certainly means that God will be with us, always, and especially when we need God to be.

However great as the women were, they are not flawless. When the women arrived at the tomb, the stone was already rolled away from the tomb. They needn’t have worried about that at all. But then they were told to go and tell Peter and the other disciples that Jesus is going ahead of them to Galilee; there they would see him, just as he promised. So, what did the women do? They fled from the tomb, and said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. And that is how Mark’s Easter story ends.

Even after we step out in faith, we can still find ourselves stumbling. There are lots of stones in our paths, it turns out, and it is easy to stumble. The women said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. So, what were the women afraid of? Perhaps of being laughed at. How could Jesus go to Galilee if he was dead? Perhaps of what they had just witnessed. A rolled-away stone, a missing Messiah, and a mysterious message from a young man dressed in a white robe. That would scare most people. Perhaps they were afraid of what the disciples would say. Would they think the women were crazy, or seeing things? Would they even believe them?

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The women were afraid, and for good reason. That fear became another stone that needed to be rolled away. Here is another miracle of Easter: This stone was, indeed, rolled away. It must have been., for we know the story. The women did tell the disciples, and Jesus did appear to those disciples, just as he promised. He forgave Peter for denying him. He promised to send the Holy Spirit to them. He helped them understand what had just happened, and how it fulfilled the promise of Scripture. After He ascended into heaven, the Holy Spirit came, and miraculously, every last stone in the lives of those disciples was rolled away. There is no stone too large for God. No obstacle that God cannot remove. There is nothing too hard for the Lord.

Nothing is too hard for God- so for God, rising Jesus from the dead was not difficult. Many doubt the resurrection, did it really happen. Is Jesus alive? They long for proof and yet what better proof is there than those first disciples. Peter and the disciples who were cowering in fear in the upper room, became the most fearless witnesses to the resurrection that you could ever imagine. Most of them dying, unafraid, and unwilling to deny what had become the cornerstone of their faith: that Christ died, rose again, and promised one day to return. No one was more fearless than those first disciples. No stone that this world rolled in front of them could stop them now. Not prison, or threat of death, or anything else in this world. Now that in itself is a miracle!

NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR THE LORD – Broad Rock Baptist Church

So, what happened, what changed? How did they go from cowering in fear in a locked room, to boldly sharing the story of Jesus with all the world? Who rolled away the stone for them? It was Jesus himself, who was raised from the dead, and appeared them and rolled away all the stones that were stopping them from doing his work. After their stones were removed, they fearlessly proclaimed the good news of the resurrection of our Lord. No stone could trap them anymore. That, too, is the miracle of Easter and it is not exclusively for them but for us too.

He Is Risen | Easter 2016 | KBC Faith Talks

So, in concluding, Easter is about an empty tomb, and so much more. It is about our Risen Lord, being with us always, rolling away the stones and obstacles in our lives. It is about God helping us to live our lives without fear, following our risen Savior wherever he leads us, and helping to usher in God’s reign. Easter means that there is no tomb that God cannot free us from. There is no stone that God cannot roll away. Regardless of how we arrive there, God doesn’t want us to stay there. God wants to free us from whatever it is that is keeping us from the new life in Christ that the miracle of Easter offers to us all. So, do not be afraid. Trust in God. Believe in God’s Son. Rejoice in God’s love for you. Do not worry about who will roll away the stone for you, whatever that stone may be, for nothing is too hard for God, for Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

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We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one substance with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven;

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father.

With the Father and the Son,

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism

for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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In joy and hope

we pray to the Father

Hear our prayer.

That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy

of his glorious and life-giving resurrection.

We pray to the Father

Hear our prayer.

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That isolated and persecuted churches

my find fresh strength in the good news of Easter.

We pray to the Father

Hear our prayer.

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That God may grant us humility

to reach out to one another in Christian love.

We pray to the Father

Hear our prayer.

That we may provide for those

who lack food, work or shelter

We pray to the Father

Hear our prayer.

That by his power, war and famine

may cease through all the world

We pray to the Father

Hear our prayer.

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That he may reveal the light of his presence

to the sick, the weak and the dying,

to comfort and strengthen them.

We pray to the Father

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

We pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer

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That we might be known

as disciples of the Risen Lord

by our love.

We pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer

as we say the words your Son 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.

Do not bring us to the time of trial

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.


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God the Father,

by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,

strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life;

and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

be among you and remain with you always. Amen

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Go or stay in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

In the name of Christ,

Alleluia! Alleluia!


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