John Anderson

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Opening Affirmation and Prayer (for a recording, see below)

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Let us pray.

Glory to you, O God:
you raised Jesus from the grave,
bringing us victory over death
and giving us eternal life.

Glory to you, O Christ:
for us and for our salvation
you overcame death
and opened the gate to everlasting life.

Glory to you, O Holy Spirit:
you lead us into the truth
and breathe new life into us.

Glory to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.

If we have fallen into despair,
Lord, forgive us.

If we have failed to hope in you,
Lord, forgive us.

If we have been fearful of death,
Lord, forgive us.

If we have forgotten the victory of Christ,
Lord, forgive us.

May the living God
raise us from despair,
give us victory over sin
and set us free in Christ. Amen.

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 in the unity of the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity. Amen.

A Song of Resurrection

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us,
so let us celebrate the feast,

not with the leaven
of corruption and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread
of sincerity and truth.

Christ once raised from the dead dies no more;
death has no more dominion over him.

In dying, he died to sin once for all;
in living, he lives to God.

See yourselves therefore as dead to sin
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christ has been raised from the dead;
the firstfruits of those who sleep.

For as by one man came death,
by another has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

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.

Hymn – Christ the Lord is Risen Today

It was on the Sunday…

From Stages on the Way: Worship Resources for Lent, Holy Week and Easter
Used with permission

Reading: John 20. 1–18

Alleluia! Hear the Gospel of Christ.
Glory to Christ our Saviour. Alleluia!

Alleluia! This is the Gospel of Christ.
Praise to Christ our Lord. Alleluia!

Reflection (for a copy of the text, see below)


Hymn – Thine Be the Glory

Prayers of Intercession (for a recording, see below)

Penny Pedley

Response:    God of resurrection and life                    Hear our prayer

Lord our God, today we give you thanks for the message of Easter. We thank you that, on that first Easter Sunday, despair was transformed into hope, grief and sorrow turned to joy, fear to faith; death was overturned into life and out of darkness came light.                        

God of resurrection and life                    Hear our prayer

Year after year your church has gathered to celebrate this wonderful festival, but this year is very different. Today our churches are closed and we are separate and confined. But you are a God of new things and we pray that in this starnge situation you will give to us and all your church a new sense of the depth and meaning of Easter. The message of hope and faith and peace and life has never been more needed in our world: may all your people, like Mary, be met today by your living presence and, full of wonder and love, pass the good news to others in whatever way we can.

God of resurrection and life                              Hear our prayer

As the disciples were full of joy, but confused and uncertain of what the future held, we hold before you our world at this time of fear and uncertainty. We pray for all world leaders, including our own government, seeking to make decisions in the face of many unknowns and an unprecedented situation. We pary that you will give them the humility to listen to those who know more than they do, and wisdom and courage to make the difficult decisions necessary.                   

God of resurrection and life                    Hear our prayer

Lord God who, in Christ, came to serve your people, we pray for all who continue to work to make it possible for most of us to stay at home. We pray for those who keep essential utilities working, who empty our bins, deliver letters and parcels. We thank you for those who keep the shops open and buses running and we pray for their safety as they daily face the risk of exposure to the virus. May each of us have a deeper appreciation of all they do and their willingness to supply our needs.                    

God of resurrection and life                    Hear our prayer

We pray for all who work in our health service and social care, asking for strength and courage for them as they continue to do their jobs under huge pressure and risk. Give them and their families encouragement and peace. We are so thankful for their gifts and skills and their dedication. This day, bless each one and the work they do.

God of resurrection and life                    Hear our prayer

God of healing and wholeness, we pray for all who are sick, whether with the virus or with other illnesses. Draw near to them and strengthen them, especially those in hospital who are unable to see loved ones. We hold before you those known to us … May they know your touch of life and healing.              

God of resurrection and life                    Hear our prayer

God of life, we thank you for the gift of life which we so often take for granted. We thank you that the promise of Easter is that life does not end with death. With the wonder of that promise in our hearts, we remember before you those who have died, those we have loved and lost and the many whose lives have been cut short by the virus. We pray for all who mourn, especially at a time when they cannot be with loved ones at their death, or hold the kind of funeral they would wish to have. Draw near to and comfort them and may they know, like the disciples, the wonder of the reality of the resurrection, even in the midst of their confusion and fear.

God of resurrection and life                    Hear our prayer

Finally, Lord, we pray for ourselves. Help us to be open to you. In our uncertainty, give us faith in your promises, in our confusion and fear, may we know your peace; in our despairing may we find your hope, and in our dark moments may your light shine through. In the midst of all that is happening, help us to be your church in our communities, reaching out in any way we can with your compassion and love, sharing the hope that is your gift. Separate as we are, unite us to live as your Easter people in all we do and are.        

God of resurrection and life                    Hear our prayer. Amen

Hymn – chosen by John Winterbottom

Final Prayers and Blessing (for a recording, see below)

Resurrection God,
I bring before you now
my hopes, desires, needs and concerns,
and I trust that you hear me and help me.

For your church,
a people of resurrection,
frightened, weary, hopeful;
may we all know your love
empowering us to live the life we are gifted.

For your world,
a people and creation,
frightened, weary, determined;
may we all know your love
empowering us to live the life we are gifted.

For your vulnerable ones,
the sick, the grieving, the isolated,
frightened, weary, loved;
may we all know your love
empowering us to live the life we are gifted.

I especially want to pray
for all those we now rely upon in these difficult days:
those who work in hospitals, care homes, shops,
our refuse collectors, our post men and women, our delivery drivers.

We pray for our political leaders,
that you will give them wisdom
in the decisions that they make.

We pray for those who are loving their neighbour,
and I especially want to pray for those families
who have to stay indoors
but haven’t got the benefit of a garden.

Resurrection God,
these are my prayers,
our hopes, concerns, desires and needs;
and I trust that you hear me and will help me.
Help me to be your hands, your feet, your voice,
in all those situations,
and with all those people
who need to know your gift of life.

As our Saviour taught his disciples, we pray:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.

God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen us
to walk with him in his risen life;
and may almighty God bless us,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Lectionary Readings

Acts 10: 34-43

Colossians 3: 1-4

John 20: 1-18

or Matthew 28: 1-10