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Apr
9
Thu
2020
Maundy Thursday – Digital Service
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A SERVICE OF THE WORD

Maundy Thursday

God calls us:

Good evening and welcome to worship.

Jesus said: ‘A new commandment I give to you: 
Love one another, as I have loved you.’ 
(John 13:34)
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Amen.

We confess our sin and God forgives us:

Let us confess our sins to God our Father, and ask him to forgive us through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Silence for self examination) 

Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love.
Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins!
Wash away all my evil and make me clean from my sin!
I recognise my faults; I am always conscious of my sins.

I have sinned against you – only against you and done what you consider evil.
So you are right in judging me; you are justified in condemning me.
I have been evil from the day I was born; from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.
Sincerity and truth are what you require; fill my mind with your wisdom. Remove my sin, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;
and though you have crushed me and broken me, I will be happy once again.
Close your eyes to my sins
and wipe out all my evil.

Let us pray.
We confess to you, almighty God, before the whole company of heaven, and to each other, that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, by our own fault, our own most grievous fault. Have mercy on us, for Jesus’ sake, forgive us all our sins, and bring us to eternal life. Amen.

The almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, forgiveness, and forgiveness of all your sins.
Amen.
Restore us again, O God our Saviour.
Do not be angry with us any longer. 

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – When you woke that Thursday morning (445LSB)

1. When you woke that Thursday morning,
Saviour, teacher, faithful friend,
thoughts of self and safety scorning,
knowing how the day would end;
Lamb of God, foretold for ages,
now at last the hour had come
when but One could pay sin’s wages:
you assumed their dreadful sum.      

2. Never so alone and lonely, 
longing with tormented heart
to be with your dear ones only
for a quiet hour apart:
Sinless Lamb and fallen creature,
one last paschal meal to eat,
one last lesson as their teacher,
washing your disciples’ feet.

3. What was there that you could give them
that would never be outspent,
what great gift that would outlive them,
what last will and testament?
“Show me and the world you love me,
know me as the Lamb of God:
do this in remembrance of me,
eat this body, drink this blood.”      

4. One in faith, in love united,
all one body, you the head,
when we meet, by you invited,
You are with us, as you said.
One with you and one another
in a unity sublime,
see in us your sister, brother,
one in ev’ry place and time.

5. One day all the Church will capture
that bright vision glorious,
and your saints will know the rapture
that your heart desired for us,
when the longed – for peace and union
of the greatest and the least
meet in joyous, blest communion,
in your never ending feast.

Words: Jaroslav J Vajda (1919 – 2008) © Concordia Publishing House Tune: Marty Haugen (1950 –      ) © GIA Publications, Inc Reprinted under ONE LICENSE 622279-A

We pray:

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray … (for the time we can return together to the Lord’s Supper) … (silence) Jesus Christ our Saviour, thank you for giving your followers your holy supper to commemorate your suffering and death. Through your body and blood, revive our faith in you and increase our love to others. For you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

God speaks:

First Reading – Exodus 12:1-14
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm – Psalm 116:1,2,12-15,17-19
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord;
I will pray my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
 Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Third Reading – John 13:1-17,31b-35
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us and giving your life in service for us.  Help us to love and serve one another.
Amen. 

Address:

We respond to God:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

We reflect on Jesus’ foot washing:

Song:
A suggestion to sing or read – The Servant Song (191ATA)

1. Brother, let me be your servant,
let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant, too.

2. We are pilgrims on a journey,
we are travellers on the road,
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load. 

3. I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

4. I will weep when you are weeping,
when you laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we’ve seen this journey through.

5. When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony
born of all we’ve known together
of Christ’s love and agony.

6. Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace to
let you be my servant, too. 


Richard Gillard © Scripture in Song. CCLE Licence N°697199  MRL Licence N°697209

We offer ourselves to him who has given himself for us:
We can pause and thank God for all his gifts to us and then offer ourselves and what we have to him. (Silence)
Gracious Father, we offer with joy and thanks what you have first given us –  ourselves, our time and our possessions –  as signs of your goodness and symbols of our love.  Accept them for the sake of Jesus Christ,  who offered himself for us. Amen.

God listens to our prayers and acts:
Let us pray:

Almighty God, Heavenly Father, through your Son’s life and death for us, through his body and blood given to us, we do not fear the death that lurks for us all. We long for the day of communion and fellowship with you and each other as partake of your antidote against death and medicine of immortality instituted this night. As Jesus with water and towel served his disciples and in bread and wine gives himself to us, so may we follow him and always serves others.

Protect all who serve others in this time of COVID-19 and restore people, families, countries, and this planet to health and especially to the knowledge that you do not abandon your people or your creation. Hear us as we cry for help for those we know and for ourselves _______

(Silence)

Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

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, and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Lord our God, send down your rich blessing on us as we remember the suffering and death of your Son. Grant us pardon and comfort, so that we may be assured of our eternal salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Blessing:
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.
Amen.

Stripping of the altar:
We hear Psalm 22:18 and Psalm 88 and Psalm 22:18.

The Maundy Thursday Service of the Word draws on material from the Lutheran Church of Australia’s Worship Resources Project.

Apr
10
Fri
2020
Good Friday – Digital Service
Apr 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A SERVICE OF THE WORD

Good Friday

God calls us and our Opening Sentences

God forbid that I should boast of anything
but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In him is salvation, life, and resurrection from the dead;
by him we are redeemed and set free.
May God be gracious to us and bless us,
and make his face shine upon us.
(Galatians 6:14 REB, Psalm 67:1 NIV – Church Rites, p283)

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Song: O dearest Jesus (347ATOK)

1. O dearest Jesus, with your body broken,
God’s final sentence, God’s last word, is spoken.
We see, with eyes that know about your crying,
your crucifying.

2. Why did they mock you? Why did people jeer you?
Aren’t you the king? The whole world should have cheered you.
Ah, but our hearts are cold, and we are blinded,
so evil-minded.

Words: Robin Mann © 1982, based on Johann Heermann (1585-1647) Music: J Crüger (1640) based on an earlier melody CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209

The Psalm:    Psalm 22:1,2,7,8,14-19,22,23
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
All who see me mock at me; they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; “Commit your cause to the Lord;
Let him deliver – let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;
my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled; I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
But you, O Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid!
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him all you offspring of Israel! My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.
Amen. 

God hears our prayer:

Let us pray that we accept the cross of Christ … (silence)
Almighty and merciful God, we thank you for bringing life and peace for us through the shame, suffering, and death of your Son. Teach us to boast about nothing but the cross of Christ, and be willing to suffer gladly for his sake. For he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

God speaks:

Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 52:13-53:12 – The Suffering Servant of God
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. 

New Testament Reading – Hebrews 10:16-25 – Jesus, our priest and sacrifice
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – John 18:1 – 19:42 – The passion according to St John
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

A pause for reflection. 
 
We confess the Christian Faith:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Song: O sacred Head, now wounded (450LSB)

1. O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, Thine only crown.
O sacred Head, what glory,
What bliss, till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call Thee mine.

2. What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered
was all for sinners’ gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Saviour!
‘Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favour,
and grant to me Thy grace.

Text: Attr. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 – 1153); German version Paul Gerhardt (1607 – 1676), alt.

Address:

Song:
O sacred Head, now wounded (450LSB)

3. What language shall I borrow
to thank Thee, dearest Friend,
for this, Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
Oh, make me thine forever!
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never,
outlive my love for Thee.

4. Be Thou my consolation,
my shield when I must die;
remind me of Thy passion
when my last hour draws nigh.
Mine eyes shall then behold Thee,
upon Thy cross shall dwell,
my heart by faith enfold Thee.
Who dieth thus dies well!

Text: Attr. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 – 1153); German version Paul Gerhardt (1607 – 1676), alt.

God hears our intercessions:

On this most sacred day when our Lord, who has been lifted up to draw all people to himself, has gone before us to the Father, we his body stand with him before the Father and intercede for his church and his world.

For the church
Let us pray for the holy church of God throughout the world, that God the almighty Father will grant peace to his church, preserve it in unity, and protect it throughout the world.
(Silent prayer)
Almighty Father, you have shown your glory to all nations in Christ your Son: Guide the work of your church; help it to persevere in faith, proclaim your name, and bring your salvation to people everywhere.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the bishops, pastors and people of the church
Let us pray for the Chairman of our church, George, and for all pastors and servants of the church, and for all the people of God.
(Silent prayer)
Almighty Father, you guide the church and keep it holy. Help all of us to work faithfully for you.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those searching for faith
Let us pray for those who are searching for faith in God or being prepared for baptism, that God will wash them in the waters of new birth, and give them his Holy Spirit.
(Silent prayer)
Almighty Father, you continually add new members to your church. Increase the faith and understanding of those being prepared for baptism. Give them new birth by water and the Spirit, and strengthen them by your grace to life eternal.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the unity of the Christian church
Let us pray for all Christians, that God will gather us by his Spirit and keep us united in faith and love.
(Silent prayer)
Almighty Father, you have made us your holy people by our common baptism. Make us one in our confession of faith, increase our love for each other, and help us to work together in your mission to the people of the world.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the Jewish people
Let us pray for the Jewish people, to whom God spoke through the prophets, that they will acknowledge Jesus as the Christ foretold by the prophets.
(Silent prayer)
Almighty Father, long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his descendants. Grant that your chosen people may share with us the fullness of your redemption. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who do not yet believe in Christ
Let us pray for all who do not yet believe in Jesus Christ, that the light of the Holy Spirit will show them the way of salvation.
(Silent prayer)
Heavenly Father, remember those who do not remember you. Have mercy on those who have rejected your grace. Guide those who seek to make sense of their lives, so that they may find their salvation in Jesus Christ.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those in public office
Let us pray for those who serve us in public office, that God may use them to curb what is evil and work for the wellbeing of our nation.
(Silent prayer)
Heavenly Father, guide all the nations of the earth, so that they may promote justice and peace. Bless this land and all who hold positions of responsibility – Queen Elizabeth and her ministers. Direct the parliaments in this land, so that we may enjoy good government, and live together in freedom and harmony. Guide all leaders who govern countries which are dear to us. Strengthen the men and women of our armed forces. Give them wisdom in all things, that they might serve you without stumbling or stain. Keep their families safe and sound during days of separation.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those in need
Let us pray for all the needy people of the earth, that God will provide for them according to their needs.
(Silent prayer)
Heavenly Father, heal those who are physically sick and mentally disturbed. Protect all who work in any danger. Support those who are aged and dying. Comfort those who are hungry and lonely. Relieve those who are oppressed and free those who are unjustly imprisoned.

Finally, let us pray for all those things for which our Lord would have us ask, saying: 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, and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Song: O dearest Jesus (347ATOK)

3. We made your crown with thorns from deep inside us,
hammered your hands with nails no-one supplied us.
We need no help to stage a crucifixion –
it’s our affliction.

4. Yet, by your dying death has been defeated.
Life was destroyed, but life has been created.
One final cry, and, though your life was ended,
we were befriended.

5. Sleep, dearest Jesus, sleep until your waking.
When morning comes this old world will be breaking.
Death cannot hold you – death is not that clever.
God lives forever!

Words: Robin Mann © 1982, based on Johann Heermann (1585-1647) Music: J Crüger (1640) based on an earlier melody CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209

Blessing:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all.
Amen. 

Apr
12
Sun
2020
Easter at Dawn – Digital Service
Apr 12 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am

A MORNING ORDER OF SERVICE Easter at Dawn


Everyone sits in ‘darkness’ (no lights on)

Liturgy of Light:
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Grace and peace to us from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.
The Lord be with you
And also with you.

Prayer:
Let us pray.
Lord of all creation, we thank you for the gift of fire, through which you revealed your name to Moses, your presence to Israel in  the desert, and your Spirit to the church at Pentecost. Let this fire be a sign of your presence with us, so that, set aflame with the fire of your love, we may come to feast with you in eternal light; through Jesus Christ, our light and life.
Amen.

Preparation of the Candle:
The minister traces his finger over the cross in the paschal candle and says:
Christ, yesterday and today, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

The minister traces the four numbers 2-0-2-0 over the crossbar of the cross, and says:
All time belongs to him, and all the ages;
to him be glory and power, through every age and forever. Amen.

Lighting of the Candle:
The minister lights the paschal candle and says:
May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.

The worshippers may light their candles.

The light of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

Easter Proclamation:
Rejoice, all heavenly choirs of angels, and sing for joy; sound the trumpet of victory for our marvellous king. Rejoice, all the earth, shining with the radiance of Christ our eternal king; celebrate the dawn that banishes the darkness. Rejoice, mother church, clothed with the brightness of Christ, and let this house resound with the voices of many people.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord.
For that is fitting and right.
It is truly fitting and right, with heart and mind and voice, to praise the Father almighty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. He paid the debt of human sin, and freed us with his blood from our ancient bondage. Therefore, heavenly Father, we pray that, like this candle, the light of Christ may drive out all darkness from among us; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

The lights are switched on and the people’s candles extinguished. 

Song: Praise the One who breaks the darkness (849LSB)

1. Praise the One who breaks the darkness
with a liberating light;
Praise the One who frees the pris’ners,
turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the Gospel,
healing ev’ry dread disease,
calming storms, and feeding thousands
with the very Bread of peace.      

2. Praise the One who bless’d the children    
with a strong, yet gentle, word;
Praise the One who drove out demons
with the piercing, two-edged sword.
Praise the One who brings cool water
to the desert’s burning sand;
from this well comes living water,
quenching thirst in ev’ry land.


3. Let us praise the Word incarnate,
Christ, who suffered in our place;
Jesus died and rose victorious
that we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness,
seeing what our God has done;
Let us praise the true Redeemer,
praise the One who makes us one.

Words: Rusty Edwards (1955 –   )  Music: Beach Spring ‘The Sacred Harp’ Philadelphia, 1844. Public Domain CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209

Liturgy of the Word:
Introduction:
Friends in Christ: Hear the Word of God which recalls how he has saved his people since ancient times.

First Reading: Genesis 1:1–5, 26,27,31
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
(Silent meditation)

Let us pray.
Almighty God, as you created us wonderfully, and yet more wonderfully redeemed us through the sacrifice of our passover Lamb: Let us share the divine life of him who came to share our human life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Second Reading: Genesis 22:1,2,13,15–18
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
(Silent meditation)

Let us pray.
God, the Father of all the faithful, as you promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, and as you fulfilled that promise through the death and resurrection of your Son: Let us  obey your call and trust in the promise of your grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Third Reading: Exodus 14:15–31
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
(Silent meditation)
Let us pray.
Lord God, as you freed your people from slavery and led them through the Red Sea as a sign of baptism: Grant that all the peoples of the world may become children of Abraham and be given new birth by water and the Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Fourth Reading: Isaiah 55:1–11
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
(Silent meditation)

Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, as you have created all things by the power of your word, and as you bring us salvation through created things: Pour out your life-giving water and refresh those who thirst for you, so that they may produce abundant fruit; through Jesus Christ  our Lord.
Amen.

Song:        Now the green blade rises (15ATN)

1.  Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many days had lain;
Love lives again, that with dead has been:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

2. In the grave they laid him, Love whom men had slain,
Thinking that he’d never wake to life again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

3. Up he sprang at Easter, like the risen grain,
He who had for three days in the gravecloth lain;
Up from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

4. When our hearts are saddened, grieving, or in pain,
By your touch you call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

John Macleod Campbell Crum 1872-1958 alt. © 1928 Oxford University Press  Tune: Nöel Nouvelet (French Carol) CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209

Confession of Baptismal Faith:
Baptismal Reading: Romans 6:3–11
L: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Let us pray.
Almighty and gracious God, as you have united us with the death of our Lord Jesus Christ through the waters of holy baptism, guide us as we live out the life he gained for us. Strengthen us in faith, so that we may triumph over the powers of darkness and reign with you in eternal light; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Renunciation and Confession:
Sisters and brothers in Christ: Do you renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways?
Yes, I do.
Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
Do you believe in God the Son?
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Do you intend to remain firm in this faith and reflect it in love to God and your neighbour?
Yes, I do.

God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given you new birth by water and the Spirit and has forgiven you all your sins, strengthen you with his Spirit, so that you receive eternal life.
Amen.

Song: We know that Christ is raised (603LSB)

1. We know that Christ is raised and dies no more.
Embraced by death, he broke its fearful hold;
And our despair he turned to blazing joy.
Alleluia!

2. We share by water in his saving death.
Reborn, we share with him as Easter life
As living members of a living Christ.
Alleluia!

3. The Father’s splendour clothes the Son with life.
The Spirit’s power shakes the Church of God.
Baptised, we live with God the Three in One.
Alleluia!

Text: John Geyer (1932 –  ), alt.  Music: Engelberg Charles Stanford (1852 – 1924) Public Domain. CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209

Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10
The holy Gospel is written in chapter 28th chapter of the Gospel according to St Matthew, beginning at verse 1.
Glory to you, O Lord.
(After the gospel is read)
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Address:
 
The Offering:
We can pause and thank God for all his gifts to us and then offer ourselves and what we have to him.
(Silence)
Gracious Father, we offer with joy and thanks what you have first given us –  ourselves, our time and our possessions –  as signs of your goodness and symbols of our love.  Accept them for the sake of Jesus Christ,  who offered himself for us. Amen.

Conclusion:
 
Song:
Sing praise to the Lord (96TIS)

1. Sing praise to the Lord, praise him in the height;
rejoice in his word, you angels of light;
all heaven adore him by whom you were made,
and worship before him in brightness arrayed.

2. Sing praise to the Lord, praise him upon earth,
in tuneful accord sing praise for new birth;
praise him who has brought you his grace from above,
praise him who has taught you to song of his love.

3. Sing praise to the Lord, all things that give sound;
each jubilant chord re-echo around;
loud organs, his glory tell forth in deep tone,
and sweet harp, the story of what he has done.


4. Sing praise to the Lord, thanksgiving and song
to him be outpoured all ages along;
for love in creation, for heaven restored,
for grace of salvation, sing praise to the Lord!

Words: Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877) alt. based on Psalm 148 and Psalm 150 Music: Laudate Dominum Charles Hubert Hastings Perry (1848 – 1918)

Blessing:

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favour and give you peace.
Amen.

Easter – Digital Service
Apr 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A MORNING ORDER OF SERVICE
The Festival of The Resurrection of Our Lord

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Good morning and welcome to worship. Grace and peace to us from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Jesus Christ is risen today (457LSB)

1. Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

2. Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia! 

3. But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

4. Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as his love, Alleluia!
Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia! 


Latin carol 14th century – sts 1-3 Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788); St 4 tr. Lyra Davidica

Opening Sentences:
I will sing to the Lord, because he has won a glorious victory.
The Lord is my strong defender; he is the one who has saved me.
His right hand is awesome in power;
it breaks the enemy in pieces.
Faithful to his promise, he led the people he had rescued;
by his strength he guided them to his sacred land.
He brings them in and plants them on his mountain,
the place that he has chosen for his home,
the temple that he himself has built.
The Lord will be king forever and ever.
(Exodus 15:1,2,6,13,17,18)

Prayers:
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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, and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
 
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Psalm:        Psalm 118:1,2,13,21,22,24,26; Antiphon Matt 28:6a,7b
Alleluia! Christ has risen, as he said.
He has risen from the dead. Alleluia!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”
I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone:
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
from the house of the Lord we bless you.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Alleluia! Christ has risen, as he said.
He has risen from the dead. Alleluia!

The Bible Readings:
First Reading – Acts 10:34-43
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – Colossians 3:1-4
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Third Reading – Matthew 28:1-10
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Now the green blade rises (15ATN)

1.  Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many days had lain;
Love lives again, that with dead has been:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

2. In the grave they laid him, Love whom men had slain,
Thinking that he’d never wake to life again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

3. Up he sprang at Easter, like the risen grain,
He who had for three days in the gravecloth lain;
Up from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

4. When our hearts are saddened, grieving, or in pain,
By your touch you call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

John Macleod Campbell Crum 1872-1958 alt. © 1928 Oxford University Press  Tune: Nöel Nouvelet (French Carol)   CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209

Address:

Responses:
Lord, I call to you for help.
In the morning I pray to you.
I am filled with praise for you,
and proclaim your glory all day long.
Close your eyes to my sins, and wipe away all my evil.
Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence;
do not take your holy spirit away from me.
Give me the joy that comes from your salvation,
and make me eager to please you.
Be gracious, Lord, this day,
and keep us free from sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord;
have mercy on us.
Let your goodness and love be with us,
as we put our hope in you.
Listen to my prayer, Lord,
and hear my cry for help.

The Offering:
We can pause and thank God for all his gifts to us and then offer ourselves and what we have to him.
(Silence)
Gracious Father, we offer with joy and thanks
what you have first given us – 
ourselves, our time and our possessions – 
as signs of your goodness and symbols of our love. 
Accept them for the sake of Jesus Christ, 
who offered himself for us. Amen.

The Prayers:
Let us pray that the results of Christ’s resurrection may be seen throughout the world.

After each petition you are invited to pray as follows:
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer.

I thank you, heavenly Father, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, that you have protected me through the night from all harm and danger. I ask you to keep me this day, too, from all sin and evil, so that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may please you. In your hands I place my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the evil one may have no power over me. Amen.

The Blessing:
Let us praise the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.
Amen.

Song: A suggestion to sing or read – Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven (477LSB)

1. Alleluia, alleluia!
Hearts to heaven and voices raise:
Sing to God a hymn of gladness,
sing to God a hymn of praise.
He, who on the cross a victim,
for the world’s salvation bled –
Jesus Christ, the King of glory,

now is risen from the dead.

2. Alleluia, Christ is risen!

Death at last has met defeat:
see the ancient pow’rs of evil
in confusion and retreat.
Once he died, and once was buried:
now he lives forever more,
Jesus Christ the world’s Redeemer,
whom we worship and adore. 

3. Alleluia, alleluia!
Glory be to God on high;
Alleluia! to the Saviour
who has gained the victory;
Alleluia! to the Spirit,
fount of love and sanctity:
Alleluia, alleluia!
to the Triune Majesty.

Words: Christopher Wordsworth (1807 – 1885) v.1,3; V.2 revised Jubilate Hymns Ltd.  Music: Hymn to Joy Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827).

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