EASTER DAY SERVICE 9TH APRIL 2023

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OPENING SENTENCE-

He is not here: He is RISEN!’

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

HYMN

GREETING

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.

COLLECT FOR PURITY

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.

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

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CONFESSION

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.

ABSOLUTION

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.

GLORIA sung by Sue St Joseph

COLLECT

Almighty God, who, through your 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

FIRST READING ACTS 10: 34- 43 read by Andrew Ratnam

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.”

SECOND READING Matthew 28:1-10 read by Simon Lidwell

The Resurrection of Jesus

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After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers and sisters to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

HYMN

GOSPEL READING 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 verse1

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

SERMON

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“Why are you weeping?” Mary Magdalene’s heart is broken. The words in Song of Songs described her sentiments well:

“I sought him whom my soul loves.

I sought him but found him not.

I called him but he gave no answer.” (3:1)

Mary Magdalene wants to be the first to come and anoint the body of Jesus. She is there with Mary Cleopas and Mary Salome. There are three Mary’s at the tomb early in the morning. Their concern was who will take the stone away?

Then to their horror, they discover that not only has the stone has been taken away, but the body of Jesus has disappeared. Someone has stolen the body of her beloved. The tomb is empty, as empty as her heart. Mary is shocked to the core. Who could have taken the body of her Lord?

Why are you weeping? Mary feels bereft and hopeless. To whom can she turn? She chooses Peter and John. She runs to Simon Peter, and to John, crying “

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“They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,

and we do not know where they have laid him.”

At Mary’s cry of alarm and heart wrenching tears, Peter and John go running to the tomb.

Everybody seems to be running in this early morning light!

Running out of fear.

Running because they are confused.

Running because they are worried.

Running because Jesus has disappeared.

But where is the body of Jesus? The evangelist reveals in a delicate way the relationship between the two disciples. Peter, heavy with sadness and guilt is confused and runs slowly. John seems less troubled and so is more sprightly and reaches the tomb first. John holds back and as Peter, even though he denied Jesus, is still the leader, he respectfully lets him enter first. Peter sees the cloth that had been over the head of Jesus, folded up in a corner. No way would a thief have stopped to fold the grave cloths. John, in an instant, understands. Surely Jesus is risen. Peter remains unsure, and as yet does not fully believe.

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Why are you weeping? Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. Peter and John do not excel in their pastoral care nor on their concern of Mary- they leave her alone with her grief. They do not understand her pain. They seem confused before a woman’s tears. They are unable to respond to her and so they run home.

Why are you weeping? Jesus was Mary’s raison d’etre. Without him, she is nothing. He had given her life and purpose. What now? She owed her life to him. What do we know about Mary? Her name comes from her hometown of Magdala, a fishing village on the western shore of Lake Tiberias. St Luke the Evangelist tells us, in Chapter 8 of his Gospel, how Jesus went from town to town announcing the Good News of the Kingdom of God, and how the Twelve Apostles were with Him together with some women who had been healed of evil spirits or infirmities and were serving them. Among these was a certain “Mary, called the Magdalene, from whom seven demons came out.” As Biblical exegesis teaches, the expression ‘seven demons’ could indicate a serious physical or moral malady that had struck the woman and from which Jesus had freed her. She has been mistakenly taken as a prostitute but there is no real evidence to back this. She was healed by Jesus, and she served him along with the other disciples. Mary Magdalene appears in the Gospels in the most dramatic moment of Jesus’ life, when she accompanies Him to Calvary and, along with other women, observes Him from afar. She is still there when Joseph of Arimathea places the body of Jesus in the sepulchre, which is closed with a stone.

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Why are you weeping? Mary is so sure that Jesus is dead, really dead. Blinded by her tears and depression, Mary is unable to query the question the two angels posed. When she replies to them, “They have taken away my Lord”. She turns around and sees Jesus whom she supposed was the gardener. It is not a foolish supposition because they are in a garden. The garden would be a working garden. It would have had vegetables growing, perhaps grapes growing. This brought back to my mind the first garden in Scripture, the garden of Eden, and it reminded me of another woman, Eve. The first woman Eve was with her husband in the garden, where they walked freely and talked with God. It was in the first garden that the curse of death came. Here in a different garden the curse of death has been removed, and death has been overcome. Mary does not yet know this marvellous truth, that death has lost its sting.

Why are you weeping? the gardener asks her. For the third time she says: “They have taken my Lord away.” Even though Jesus has been crucified, dead and buried, he is still her Lord. He is still her Master, her Teacher, her Christ, her Lord and her God. “I don’t know where they have put him”, she says, tell me where they have put him and I will get him.” Because she still wants to honour him, even in his death. She wants to ensure that he has the proper anointing, the proper burial clothes and the proper tomb. She needs to know where he is in order to be near him. Even though he is dead, he is still the most important person to her. And then with one word “Mary, he turns her whole world upside down.

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He calls her by name. It is the first word that reveals him as the risen Christ, and his first word utters a woman’s name. He calls her by name; she who was wildly searching for him is ironically found by Jesus. There is such tenderness in his voice, such love. How reassuring that in our moments of bereavement and loss, God searches for us and finds us. He calls us by name and cares for us as he cared for Mary. Naturally Mary wants to cling to Jesus. Of course, she wants to touch him and hold him to herself and never let him go. Her emotions have been like a roller coaster experience, ranging from shock to sobbing and heart ache, from searching to supposition, to being surprised by joy and elation.

There is something so humble in this story of the resurrection. The risen Jesus does not appear triumphant over the temple to signify to everyone his victory, and to humiliate those who had humiliated him. He appears to Mary of Magdala, the loved one, the forgiven one, alone in a garden. Jesus shares a simple heart to heart relationship with her, a gentle moment of eternity. He does not appear with power but with gentle love. That is how he appears to you and me with gentle love.

Mary discovers a new relationship with Jesus. She must not try to possess and cling to Jesus, nor seek to be the only one loved by him. She must not hold onto the past but live in the present moment, in a new interior relationship with the Risen Jesus. The relationship is a mutual indwelling, he is in her and she in him, and it will be given fully at Pentecost with a new gift of the Spirit. Jesus does not want her to cling to him but sends her forth to the community.

This woman Mary is to be the first witness of the new life; the first herald of the resurrection. She is the one to go to the disciples; she is the apostle to the apostles, and she tells them with eyes bright and bursting forth with hope: “I have seen the Lord.” From the first garden to this garden- from the first life to this new life. The first garden will always be remembered as the place where everything went wrong. The second garden will be remembered for where everything was all made right. The first garden is where Adam and Eve were forced to leave. The second garden is where humanity can enter God’s good world again.  Through the resurrection, we can start afresh. We can have life in all its fullness and glory.

Why are you weeping? Are you weeping over the loss of a loved one, over the poverty in our country and globally, over injustice, over the war in Ukraine, over the persecution of people with faith, over slavery, over corruption and oppression? Do not despair; do not be downhearted for we have the resurrection. We have hope.

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Recently someone gave a talk about looking for glimmers of hope in our world. We don’t want glimmers of hope, we want beacons of hope. The resurrection, the good news that Jesus is alive- He has risen- is such a beacon of hope for us all. The confidence we have is that whatever happened to Jesus on resurrection morning will also happen to us. We can be confident that on the last day we will rise with him.

In the present day we can be reassured that nothing is too hard for God, nothing can keep us down, for we will rise again, no matter what obstacles and difficulties we face -whether it be illness, work difficulties, tough relationships, we will rise again, there is resurrection; there is new life; there is hope. Through this earth- shattering miracle and wonder of the resurrection we have life, light, hope and joy! Alleluia Christ is risen. He is risen indeed alleluia! Amen

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NICENE CREED

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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PRAYERS

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.

HYMN

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BLESSING

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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DISMISSAL

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

Alleluia! Alleluia!

In the name of Christ,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

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