Saturday, 7 April 2012

Service for Easter Sunday 2012

Call to Worship

Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Allelujah!

Hymn Together in Song 370 Christ the Lord is risen today

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

God of Easter,
We come before you on this day of mystery and miracle,
not fully comprehending what you have done,
not even beginning to understanding how you have done it,
but knowing that you have done it for love of us.

We come before you hesitant and awed,
finding that the rules of life we know,
the boundaries within which we live,
are not limits to you.

We come with hope and expectation,
finding in Jesus’ new life,
the promise that you have a
new life planned for each one of us.

We confess that we sometimes live
in the shadow of Good Friday:
as if all the hope in the world had died,
and that were the end of the story.

We confess that we sometimes
are reluctant to tell others, who we are:
the people of Easter,
given life because Jesus is alive.

We confess that we sometimes
speak, think and act in ways that deny the truth
that Jesus has died for us
and Jesus has risen for us.

Forgive us all that we do
which denies the wonder of your love for us.
Help us to live truly as Easter people
people who know Jesus is alive:
and proclaim that knowledge
in all we think, say and do.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Declaration of Forgiveness
We are Easter people! We have been given new life, because of Jesus’ life.
So I have confidence to say to you: Our sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
Kids’ Time
Hymn Together in Song 719 Big Kids Little Kids (Easter verse)
Acts 10:34-43
John 20:1-18
This is the word of the Lord!
Thanks be to God!
KERR, Tom, “The Easterless Island” in Wriggle: Tracing Around an Invisible, Wriggling God.  Brisbane: Youth and Children’s Ministry Unit, Uniting Church in Australia, 2001. Pp 81-83.

Hymn Together in Song 376 I know that my Redeemer lives



Prayers of the people

God, who brought Jesus to new life, we pray for new life in our world.
We pray for new life, for those still recovering from  natural disasters.
We pray for new life for all those affected by traffic accidents over the Easter weekend.
We pray for new life for those in our community for whom Easter is just another holiday and means nothing real for their lives.
We pray for new life for those who are depressed or dejected for whom life holds no hope.
We pray for new life for all those we care about who are unwell.
We pray for new life for those we know who have died.
And we pray for new life for ourselves – that the wonder of Easter would bring us back into a renewed relationship with you.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Passing the Peace

Hymn Together in Song 526 Lord, Jesus Christ.

Service of Holy Communion
From Maundy Thursday service

Hymn Together in Song 380 Yours be the glory, risen conquering Son


Threefold Amen

1 comment:

  1. That picture just gives me the feeling its a bad egg.
    It really is sad that society has turned what was once, in a bygone era ( as little as 15 to 20 years ago) a prophet orientated focus into a profit orientated focus.