Pray With Us

             Leader: Peace be with you

                   All:     And with you too.

              Leader: We are always a broken body –

                   All:       But we are the Body of Christ.

              Leader: With the faithful who go before us –

                   All:     We are the Body of Christ.

              Leader: In Christ is our unity, in Christ is our wholeness –

              All:    Thanks be to God!  Alleluia!

 

We light the incense & then we sharpen our awareness of the presence of God as we sing a hymn. Please join in.

Refrain: A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another

     as I have loved you, that you love one another as I have loved you.

 

By this shall people know you are my disciples, if you have love one for

another – by this shall people know you are my disciples, if you have love

one for another. (Refrain)

You are my friends if you do what I command you.  Without my help you

can do nothing. You are my friends if you do what I command you.

Without my help you can do nothing. (Refrain)

I am the true vine, my Father is the gardener, abide in me: I will be

with you. I am the true vine, my Father is the gardener, abide in me: I

 will be with you. (Refrain)

     True love is patient, not arrogant, nor boastful; love bears all

      things, love is eternal. True love is patient, not arrogant, nor

        boastful; love bears all things, love is eternal. (Refrain)

 

Please say the psalm & its antiphon as indicated.

All:   The Lord has risen & sits at the right hand of God, alleluia!

Side 1:         The oracles of old exalted the king to stand at the right hand of God. As priest & prince he was to rule not by descent but by God’s call.

The sceptre of power was placed in his hand, to shatter the heads of his enemies.

Through him God routed the armies, striding across corpses strewn in the way.

Side 2:     A strange world to us, faded from view, kings riding out on horseback to conquer.

The wars of our time have tarnished the glory, the rhetoric of God but masking our pride.

Arrogance & pride are the Gods that we follow, & even the wars we name holy or just degrade those who wage them,

reminding us all how cruel & cold the world can become.

Side 1:         Yet as we dig deep in these words from the past, we see a vision of those who would lead:

they lay on themselves the robe of the priestly, willingly weighed down by the burden of service;

sacrificing themselves for the good of their land, growing in discernment & wisdom.

They bring greater good from the conflicts around them, & they heal the wounds of the people.

All:          Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning,

is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

All:   The Lord has risen & sits at the right hand of God, alleluia!

 

Please sing the psalm & its antiphon as indicated.

Cantors: He has freed us from the power of darkness

             And has given us a place in the kingdom of his son, alleluia!

Side 1:         Here & there in our past have been people of courage,

                   Hearing your call to face down the powerful.

Side 2:     Here & there have been moments of freedom,

              Lives newly charged by release from constriction.

Side 1:         Human beings become your sanctuary,

People with whom you dwell.

Side 2:     You call us to live in your image

              Even as the one who shows us your face.

Side 1:         We are creation evolved into consciousness,

                   Giving a voice to its calm & its chaos.

Side 2:      Does nature itself come to our aid

              When storms are stilled, when waters part?

Side 1:         The mountains quake & the rocks splinter,

                   The sheep & lambs quiver with fear.

Side 2:     Amazement grips us as the scene unfolds,

              This theatre which resounds with your presence.

Side 1:         Your rocks are turned into pools of water,

                   Solid flint into a flowing fountain.

Side 2:     O God, your greatness is awesome,

              We give you the glory for ever.

All:   Glory be to the Father and to the Son,

       And to the Holy Spirit,

       As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

       World without end, Amen.

All:          He has freed us from the power of darkness

              And has given us a place in the kingdom of his son, alleluia! 

The canticle & its antiphon will be read as indicated.

All:  Alleluia, the Lord our God is king; let us rejoice & give glory to him, alleluia!

Reader:        Salvation, glory and power belong to God!  Right & sure,  the judgments of God.

All: Your kingdom come!

Reader:        Praise our God you faithful servants!

In awe praise God, you small and great.

All: Your kingdom come!

Reader:        The Lord Almighty rules!  Be glad, rejoice, give glory to God.

All: Your kingdom come!

Reader:        The wedding feast of the Lamb begins.  The bride is radiant, clothed in glory.

All: Your kingdom come!

All:   Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as

       it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

All: Alleluia, the Lord our God is king; let us rejoice & give glory to him, alleluia!

Reading:       Chris Polhill – ‘Scars Reveal Resurrection’

It is easy for Easter to be a joyful time after the discipline of Lent.  A bright celebration of spring & new life after the cold grey winter.  But resurrection is so much more than that.  True, it is joyful, but not a kind of bubbly party joy; true, it is about new life, but it is about so much more than the life bursting out of the ground all around us.  Resurrection is seen in places of damage – in the scars & wounds of life where we allow God to easter within us.  That is because Resurrection is about the very different pattern God puts onto the harsh things of life that we bring to him.  Resurrection never denies the pain & wounds of life: it is not a pretty picture covering up nasty things.  It is the reality of God with us; it is the difference that God makes; it is the confusing change that turns our ideas upside down – but gives us life & hope again.

 

After a pause for reflection please join in with the Easter acclamation – (Eternal Light Tr.29)

 

 

All:   This is the day, which was made by the Lord:

Let us rejoice, rejoice & be glad, alleluia!

 

The Magnificat will be sung to the tune of ‘Amazing Grace’.

All say:     I give you a new commandment: love one another,

as I have loved you, says the Lord, allelluia!

My soul proclaims the Lord my God, my spirit sings his praise;

He looks on me, he lifts me up, and gladness fills my days.

All nations now will share my joy, His gifts he has outpoured;

His little ones he has made great; I magnify the Lord .

His mercy is for evermore; His name I praise again;

His strong right arm puts down the proud and raises lowly ones.

He fills the hungry with good things, the rich he sends away.

The promise made to Abraham is filled by him each day.

Magnificat, Magnificat, Magnificat, praise God;

Magnificat, Magnificat, Magnificat, praise God.

 

Intercessions: today we will have our time of intercessory prayer will be free – a time of silent & spoken prayer as each wishes…………………

We conclude with

Reader: We pray for people who have died today for those who will die

             tonight.  We also remember those whose anniversaries occur

             tomorrow, remembering especially:

 

Leader begins the Our Father .

Leader:        Since it is from you, God our Father, that redemption comes to us, your adopted children: look with favour on the family you love, give us, & all who believe in Christ, true freedom, & bring us all to our eternal heritage.  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.   All:  Amen.

All:   Peace be with us all, & all those we know – and may Almighty God

       bless us & them – the Father Son and Holy Spirit –  Amen.

We finish our time of prayer together as we listen to some music.