Easter Sunday

4th April 2021

10.30am

 

St. Paul’s Church, Forebridge, STAFFORD, ST17 4LJ

and

ST. THOMAS & ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH, DOXEY, ST16 1EQ

Welcome to our Service

Live in St Paul’s Church and on ZOOM

Gathering Together

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He has given us new life and hope

By raising Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own.

He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

All: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

Opening prayer (together)

Faithful one, whose word is life:

Come with saving power to free our praise,

inspire our prayer and shape our lives,

For the kingdom of your son,

Jesus Christ our lord,

Amen.

 

Hymn – Jesus Christ is Risen Today

 

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

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!

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!

 

Confession and

Receiving God’s Forgiveness

 

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,

we come to you in sorrow for our sins,

and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,

and not by the power of your resurrection.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,

as faithless and not believing.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone,

and doubted our home in heaven.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Lord, hear us and help us.

 

May the God of love and power

forgive you and free you from your sins,

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Collect (Together)

 

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 and the Holy Spirit

be praise and honour, glory and might,

now and in all eternity. Amen

 

 

 

First Reading

 

Acts 10 v 34-43

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

At the end

This is the word of the Lord.

All   Thanks be to God.

 

The Gospel

 

Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;

I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.

All: Alleluia.

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

All   Glory to you, O Lord.

Mark 16 v 1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.[a]

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All   Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

Sermon

 

Hymn – See what a Morning

See, what a morning, gloriously bright,
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce, “Christ is risen!”
See God’s salvation plan,
Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

See Mary weeping, “Where is He laid?”
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name;
It’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty.
Honour and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned with pow’r and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

 

Creed

Let us declare our faith

in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All:   Christ died for our sins

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he was buried;

he was raised to life on the third day

in accordance with the Scriptures;

afterwards he appeared to his followers,

and to all the apostles:

this we have received,

and this we believe.

Amen.

 

Intercessions

After each section…

            Lord, in your mercy,

All       Hear our prayer.

 

Gathering and

Our Father 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.

 

Gloria

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

 

Praise response

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He has given us new life and hope.

He has raised Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own.

He has brought us out of darkness.

He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

The Peace

The Peace is introduced:

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples

and said 'peace be with you'.

Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All   and also with you.

 

Hymn – Jesus, we Celebrate Your Victory

Jesus, we celebrate Your victory.

Jesus, we revel in Your love.

Jesus, we rejoice You've set us free.

Jesus, Your death has brought us life.

It was for freedom

That Christ has set us free.

No longer to be subject

To a yoke of slavery.

So we're rejoicing

In God's victory,

Our hearts responding to His love.

Jesus. We celebrate ……

His Spirit in us

Releases us from fear

And the way to Him is open.

With boldness we draw near.

And in His presence,

Our problems disappear,

Our hearts responding to His love.

Jesus. We celebrate ……

 

Eucharistic Prayer D

The Lord is here

All   His spirit is with you.

Lift up your hearts.

All   We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All   It is right to give thanks and praise.

 

Almighty God, good Father to us all,

your face is turned towards your world.

In love you gave us Jesus your Son

to rescue us from sin and death.

Your Word goes out to call us home

to the city where angels sing your praise.

We join with them in heaven’s song:

All     Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Father of all, we give you thanks for every gift that comes from heaven.

To the darkness Jesus came as your light.

With signs of faith and words of hope

he touched untouchables with love and washed the guilty clean.

This is his story.

All   This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

The crowds came out to see your Son,

yet at the end they turned on him.

On the night he was betrayed

he came to table with his friends

to celebrate the freedom of your people.

This is his story.

All   This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

Jesus blessed you, Father, for the food;

he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said:

This is my body, given for you all.

 

Jesus then gave thanks for the wine;

he took the cup, gave it and said:

This is my blood, shed for you all

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this in remembrance of me.

This is our story.

All   This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

 

Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup

we celebrate the cross on which he died to set us free.

Defying death he rose again

and is alive with you to plead for us and all the world.

 

This is our story.

All   This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

 

Send your Spirit on us now

that by these gifts we may feed on Christ

with opened eyes and hearts on fire.

May we and all who share this food

offer ourselves to live for you

and be welcomed at your feast in heaven

where all creation worships you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

All      Blessing and honour and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever. Amen

 

Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

All               Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.

 

Jesus, Lamb of God

Have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins

Have mercy on us.

Jesus, Redeemer of the world,

Grant us peace.

 

Receiving of Communion

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore, let us keep the feast.

 

We do not presume

to come to this your table, merciful Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in your manifold and great mercies.

We are not worthy

so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.

But you are the same Lord

whose nature is always to have mercy.

Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,

so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ

and to drink his blood,

that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body

and our souls washed

through his most precious blood,

and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

Revd Martin Strang the bread and the wine

and offers the bread to all present.

 

Post Communion Prayer

 

Martin leads the Post Communion Prayer:

God of life, who for our redemption,….

 

And then we all pray together:

 

Father of all,

we give you thanks and praise,

that when we were still far off

you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love,

gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.

Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,

so we and all your children shall be free,

and the whole earth live to praise your name;

through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

Hymn – Thine be the Glory, Risen Conquering Son

THINE BE THE GLORY, Risen, conquering Son;

Endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won.

Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

Kept the folded grave-clothes where Thy body lay.

Thine be the glory,

Risen, conquering Son;

Endless is the victory

Thou o’er death hast won!

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb!

Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom.

Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,

For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.

Thine be the glory …..

 

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;

Life is naught without Thee: aid us in our strife;

Make us more than conquerors, through Thy deathless love;

Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.

Thine be the glory …..

 

 

Blessing

 

The God of peace,

who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

that great shepherd of the sheep,

make you perfect in every good work to do his will;

working in you what is well pleasing in his sight;

and the blessing …

and the blessing of God almighty,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Be among you and remain with you always.

Amen

 

 

The Dismissal

 

Go in the peace of Christ, Alleluia, Alleluia

Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia.