Leader: You take us seriously; you walk alongside us; you surprise & bless us; you call us together.
All: Burn in our hearts & fill us with joy.
We can join in with, or listen to, the Easter hymn
This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow!
My love, the crucified, hath sprung to life this morrow:
Had Christ, that once was slain, ne’er burst his three-day prison,
Our faith had been in vain, but now hath Christ
Arisen, arisen, arisen, arisen.
My flesh in hope shall rest,& for a season slumber:
Till trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number.
Death’s flood hath lost its chill since Jesus crossed the river;
Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver.
We sing the first psalm & its antiphon as indicated.
Cantors: Peace be with you, it is I;
Do not be afraid, alleluia!
Side 1: Those who trust in you, Lord, are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but endures forever.
Side 2: As the mountains are round about Jerusalem,
So you are round about your people both now & forevermore.
Side 1: For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest upon the land allotted to the righteous,
Lest the just put forth their hands to do wrong.
Side 2: Do good, Lord, to those who are good,
And to those who are upright in their hearts!
Side 1: But those who turn aside to crooked ways
You will lead them away with evildoers!
All: Peace be in Israel.
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: Peace be with you, it is I;
Do not be afraid, alleluia!
Please listen to or join in with the next psalm
(Light Divine – Track 9)
Lord, my heart is not proud nor haughty my eyes.
I have not sought after great things, content with simple gifts.
Truly I have set my soul in silence & in peace.
Just as a child in its mother’s arms, my heart is quiet within.
May we find in the stillness your presence & your peace.
May we find in the silence a whisper of your love.
O Israel, O Israel, trust in the Lord, trust in his word.
O Israel, hope in the Lord, both now & evermore.
Reading: Peter Millar.
When our hearts & minds are open to the wounds of the world,
we begin to see, in a hundred new ways, the meaning of Easter.
Never just a spiritual message, but something far more
significant. A transforming & living God who has entered
completely into the human condition. With the beckoning &
dawning of an Easter morning, can the fragile yet
extraordinary words of Jesus propel us to a wider awareness, a
gentler compassion? To the rediscovery of the sacred in
ourselves, & in our world? To the rediscovery of the sacred in
ourselves, & in our world? To that risk-taking place where the
imprisoning bonds of our self-enclosed lives are finally
shattered? To a different journey in a listening companionship
with the prophets of our time – the wounded & weary who
announce the kingdom & carry in their stories the seeds of the
morrow? The hidden ones in our global culture, whose pain &
joy when threaded through our lives enlarge the heart & bring
new meaning to our common future: that sacred future where
impossible though it may seem we love our neighbours as we
Pause for reflection.
Please sing the Magnificat. (Christ our Light Tr2)
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.
My spirit sings to God, my saving God.
Who on this day above all others favoured me
And raised me up, a light for all to see.
Through me great deeds will God make manifest,
And all the earth will come to call me blest.
Unbounded love & mercy sure will I proclaim
For all who know & praise God’s holy name.
God’s mighty arm, protector of the just,
Will guard the weak & raise them from the dust.
But mighty kings will swiftly fall from thrones corrupt,
The strong brought low, the lowly lifted up.
Soon will the poor & hungry of the earth
Be richly blest, be given greater worth.
And Israel, as once foretold to Abraham,
Will live in peace throughout the promised land.
All glory be to God, Creator blest,
To Jesus Christ, God’s love made manifest,
And to the Holy Spirit, gentle comforter,
All glory be, both now & evermore.
Reader: Let us open our lives to God & ask for his
forgiveness & grace. On those times when we have
kept your resurrection as a past event rather than a
present encounter……pause …Lord, have mercy,
All: Lord, have mercy.
Reader: On those times when we have been blind to your
Presence amongst us ……pause …Christ, have mercy,
All: Christ, have mercy.
Reader: On those times when we have failed to live as those
who have risen with Christ……pause …Lord, have mercy,
All: Lord, have mercy.
Reader: To all who turn to him, Christ says. ‘Your sins are
forgiven’, he also says, ‘Come, follow me’, ……pause
…Lord, have mercy,
All: Thanks be to God, amen, alleluia!
Reader: We pray for people who have died today – for those
who will die tonight – & for those whose
anniversaries occur tomorrow, remembering
Pause for people to add silently or aloud any further intentions.
Leader begins the Our Father.
Leader: Easter God, you have met us here this evening & surprised us with your joy. Accompany us as we leave this place & try to live as those who have met our Risen God. We pray in Jesus’s name.
Leader: We ask for God’s blessing:
All: How beautiful is the blossom spilling from the trees, the hidden primroses & the bluebells ringing out the news. He is risen, he is alive, we shall live for evermore. The dark winter is past, the slow, cold, foggy days are over. May the warmth of your resurrection touch our hearts & minds as the warmth of the sun blesses our bodies. Amen.