Some pictures of the dawn at Easter plus some Easter Gardens.
Alleluia Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed Alleluia!
Sing, listen to or think about your favourite Easter hymn or piece of music
Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him, and all ages; to him be glory and power, through every age and for ever. Amen.
If you have a candle, light it now (or imagine a candle)
May the light of Christ rising in glory, banish all darkness from our hearts and minds. Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed Alleluia!
The Easter Gospel: from John 20 v1-18 (or you may like to read Matthew28 v1-10)
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb…. Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’
When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’. Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’.
- Imagine that scene, very early in the morning, all is quiet, all is still, all is fresh … how does the story touch you? Where does your imagination take you?
- Think about all the signs of new life around you in nature… spring flowers, blossom, buds and leaves emerging on the trees, birds and animals…
- Remember all the times when things have turned around for you, when hope returned after a period of sadness or difficulty…
- For everyone around the world celebrating Easter today
- For all good news stories where hope has triumphed
- For all babies born today
- For our church family separated, but together in heart and mind
The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said: “Peace be with you”. Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. The peace of the risen Lord be always with you. Alleluia!
Ending Prayer: Risen Lord Jesus, as Mary Magdalene met you in the garden on that first Easter morning, so may we meet you today and every day. May we be strengthened in faith, know the power of your presence and be ready to share the Good news with others. Amen.
Jesus Christ is Risen today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6sj9ljVsfk
Thine be the glory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbBOOmkMLmI
In Christ Alone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouGuG97l2RY
Surrexit Christus (Taize) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXKFhiacVbk
It is a strange Easter, for the first time for over 30 years I will not be involved in leading Easter worship, but an experience which persecuted Christians have known throughout the church’s history. I have access to online music and am free to worship with others albeit electronically. It makes me thankful for all the times when I have been able to meet with others and worship. As I saw recently, the churches may be shut but the tomb is empty, the truth of Jesus Christ risen from the dead is not affected by a shut building!
In the midst of suffering and death we see hope and goodness triumphing, as people go the extra mile to support our vital services, key workers and look out for their neighbours, and nature is recovering from the battering we humans have given it over the years.
I pray that when this is over, we will remember the lessons we have learnt and live new and more generous and caring lives to the benefit of the universe and each other. HAPPY EASTER.
The Venerable Caroline Baston
Interim Priest in Charge, parish of Fawley
If you have one get a bible and a cross have them handy, sing, listen to or think about your favourite Good Friday hymns or pieces of music.
We adore you O Christ and we bless you
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Almighty God look with mercy on this your family for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed and given up into the hands of the wicked and to suffer death upon the cross; but who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Read an account of the passion of Jesus: Matthew 27 v32-56; John 19 v16-30
Is there anything about the passage which you have read which strikes you?
What does Good Friday mean to you? Or how you feel about Good Friday?
For Prayer: hold or imagine a cross
Lord Jesus Christ, we confess we have failed you as did your disciples, and we ask for your mercy and your help:
When we are tempted to betray you for the sake of selfish gain:
Lord, forgive us and help us.
When we do not keep watch in prayer, and will not share the pain of your suffering:
Lord, forgive us and help us.
When we allow the world to silence you, and run away from those who abuse you:
Lord, forgive us and help us.
When we will not confess your name, and fear the consequences of being known to belong to you:
Lord forgive us and help us.
Remember and pray for:
- all who are dying
- all who grieve
- all who give their lives in the service of others…
THE LORD’S PRAYER: use the version you prefer
Eternal God, in the cross of Jesus we see the cost of our sin and the depth of your love: in humble hope and fear may we place at his feet all that we have and all that we are, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
When I survey the wondrous Cross:
There is a Green Hill far away:
How deep the Father’s love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzQj7XvKFmA&list=RDEQ6QaZcPphM&index=3
It is thing most wonderful:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you”
The Servant King: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0FSZ_iSYO8
Lord Jesus Christ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA_g98O42Q4
Meekness and Majesty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-8rmvWNpIo
You laid aside your majesty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxXrV-0JqoI
A new commandment I give you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy7W8avIXIY
Jesus washes his disciples’ feet: (from John 13 v3-15)
And during supper Jesus … got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ ….
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
- Remember and pray for all who care for others today:
in residential care and hospitals, in homes, refugee camps and shelters,
those delivering food and medicines at this time…
- Pray for all you love and care about and care for…
- Pray for all who care for and love you, friends, neighbours and family…
The Last Supper: (from 1 Corinthians 11 v23-26)
The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
- What does the Communion Service mean to you?
- At this time when we can’t celebrate Communion together in church, remember a time when you took Communion, imagine yourself kneeling at the communion rail or standing with your hands open ready to receive Christ in the form of bread and wine… and give thanks…
You might like to further read the events of Maundy Thursday as Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane: Matthew 26 v36-56
We pray on Maundy Thursday especially for:
- All prisoners and those in custody,
- Those imprisoned without trial…
- Those who wait and weep and watch with loved ones…
May God bless us, that in us may be found love and humility, obedience and thanksgiving, discipline, gentleness and peace. Amen.