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We hope you enjoyed this year’s online Easter service. Please share each post with your friends on social media and help us share the good news of Christ’s resurrection!

A big thank you to all this year’s contributors. We’ve welcomed people from the UK, US, Cayman Islands, the Philippines, Italy, Australia, Lebanon and Thailand and other countries as we shared this service together!

Christ is Risen indeed, Alleluia!

This year’s order of service is as follows, click on the links to view each section:

Opening Prayer: Rev Catherine Dowland-Pillinger

 

Reading – 1 Corinthians 15:3-20: Lawrence Cockrill

 

Song/hymn: Kathryn Rose

 

Reading – John 20: 1-18: Claire Gray

 

Meditation on John 20:1-18: Lawrence Moore

 

Song: Metanoia

 

Sermon: Rowan Williams

 

Prayers/intercessions: Merry Evans and friends

 

Blessing: Fr Simon Rundell

8. Intercessions for Easter Day – led by @folkypenguin and friends #easter13 #everythingchanges

Heavenly Father, on this most wonderful of days we thank you that you sent your son to save us and set us free. Thank you for the triumph of the cross over evil and death and for the joy of knowing your love and salvation. We pray to you to praise you, to thank you for this wonderful day.

Father of our Risen Lord, hear our prayer

We pray today for all of those who are giving their lives to Christ. We ask Lord that you would strengthen people who are being baptised and confirmed all over the world today. We pray that this may signify a rebirth and deeper commitment in all of us, to following you and knowing the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Help us to walk in newness of life.

Father of our Risen Lord, hear our prayer

On this day of New life and new beginnings, we look to all that is new and changing in the world today. Lord, we pray for Francis the new Pope, for Justin Welby the new Archbishop of Canterbury and for the leaders of all your churches. We pray Lord that you would bless and strengthen them and speak clearly to them to show them where to lead.

Father of our Risen Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for those in secular power in the UK Lord, we pray especially for the Queen, for our MPs and we pray for those who are in positions of political power all over the world. We ask that you would lead them to follow your ways of love, peace and truth.

Lord of all, we ask that you would bring peace to areas of conflict, especially in Syria and Gaza, we pray that you would diffuse tensions in North Korea, and touch the hearts of those who would use force to oppress others.

Father of our Risen Lord, hear our prayer

We pray that those who suffer pain and anguish may find healing and peace in the wounds of Christ and we hold up to you in our hearts those who we know are troubled at this time…

Father of our Risen Lord, hear our prayer

We pray Lord that you would reveal your presence to those who are feeling isolated, Because of the recent weather, because of illness or through bereavement. And that all those who are missing loved ones may be comforted by the risen Jesus.

Father of our Risen Lord, hear our prayer

Father, we pray on this Easter day that you would send the Holy fire of your Spirit upon your people, so that we may share your good news with the world and live for your praise and glory. We ask also for protection and encouragement for Churches facing persecution in different areas of the world. We remember especially today, those keeping the faith under harassment this week in the Central African Republic, Jakarta, Indonesia and Kano, Nigeria.

Father of our Risen Lord, hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the light of resurrection life: we thank you. Help us to live lives which are worthy of your eternal joy;

Father of our risen Lord, hear our prayer

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Please join us in saying together the modern wording of the prayer our saviour taught us…

Our Father who art 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.

Image:- http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/01/Resurrected_Jesus_two_Maries.jpg

Music:- Iestyn Evans

7. Sermon from Dr Rowan Williams – the importance of Easter #easter13 #everything changes

http://bigbible.org.uk/big-read/bigread13/

Over on the Big Bible Project we have been reading Rowan William’s book ‘The Lion’s World’ through Lent which explores CS Lewis’ world of Narnia and what it can teach us about the Christian Faith. Here in this short talk Dr Williams shares what CS Lewis has to say about Easter.

4. Reading John 20:1-18 – video by Claire Gray, music by Darren Gray #easter13 #everythingchanges

The Empty Tomb

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. 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!”

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

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white,seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

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.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

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.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

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.’”

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)

Music by Darren Gray