Virtual Services

Easter Sunday – 12th April 2020

Welcome

Alleluia, Christ is Risen

He is risen indeed, Alleluia

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to All Saints, this Easter Sunday Morning. One of the things that I will deeply miss this year is the Dawn Service, and so while I can’t re-create this fully, I have taken the image of light to create this short act of worship.

So as you will be able to see it is was quite early and we had a fire lit in the log burner. So at the start of this service, I lit a new candle from the fire whilst saying a prayer, before lighting the tealights in front of me from this. There are approx. 70 of these, 56 represent, each household mentioned in the Fellowship Directory, and the further 14 represent those not in the directory but who are a part of our church family and the wider community of Totley. This was followed with today’s gospel reading before inviting you to light your own candle, so you may just want to gather a candle and a method of lighting this… 

Or move onto the gathering prayer.  

Dawn service

As the Easter Light is lit

Eternal God,

who made this most holy night
to shine with the brightness of your one true light,
set us aflame with the fire of your love,
and bring us to the radiance of your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

 

Alleluia, Christ is Risen

He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

The lighting of the tea lights

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.” Now I have told you.’

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’

Matthew
28:1-10

So now why don’t you light a candle too and declare:

Alleluia, Christ is Risen

He is risen indeed, Alleluia

Worship

A Gathering Prayer

Father God,
we come to you
because you turn doubt into hope,
tears into laughter
and fear into fearlessness.

We come to you
because on Easter Sunday
and on every other day,
we can say, ‘Jesus is alive!’
Amen.

© ROOTS for Churches Ltd (www.rootsontheweb.com) 2002-2020.
Reproduced with permission.

Come, people of the risen King,
Who delight to bring Him praise.
Come, all and tune your hearts to sing
To the Morning Star of grace.
From the shifting shadows of the earth
We will lift our eyes to Him,
Where steady arms of mercy reach
To gather children in.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Let every tongue rejoice!
One heart, one voice, O Church of Christ, rejoice!

Come, those whose joy is morning sun
And those weeping through the night.
Come, those who tell of battles won,
And those struggling in the fight.
For His perfect love will never change,
And His mercies never cease,
But follow us through all our days
With the certain hope of peace.

Come, young and old from every land,
Men and women of the faith.
Come, those with full or empty hands,
Find the riches of His grace.
Over all the world, His people sing,
Shore to shore we hear them call
The Truth that cries through every age;
‘Our God is all in all’.

Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend Copyright © 2007 Thankyou Music (Adm. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com excl. UK & Europe, adm. by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family, songs@integritymusic.com)

If you want to sing or listen to other songs, then please take some time to do so and enjoy the time with God.

An Easter Affirmation - This is the Good News

This is the Good News –
The grave is empty,
Christ is risen.
Hallelujah!

This is the Good News –
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never put it out.
Hallelujah!

This is the Good News –
Once we were no people,
now we are God’s people.
Hallelujah!

Christ is our peace,
the indestructible peace
we now share with each other.

© 2004 Ruth Burgiss and C Polhill, Eggs and Ashes: Practical & Liturgical Resources for Lent and Holy Week. Wild Goose Publications.

Word

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.” Now I have told you.’

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’

Matthew
28:1-10

He is not here; He has risen! 

What strange and baffling words these must have been to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, thought to be Jesus’ Mother, especially after the events of the past few days.  

They had been there at the very end when Jesus had taken his last breath and had died.  

They had been there when Jesus’s body had been placed into the tomb and was sealed.  

 and having observed the Sabbath, there were at the tomb once again just as dawn was breaking.  

In that place, according to Matthew they witnessed the second earthquake in just a few days, as the angel of the Lord, appeared. A sign that God himself was acting. The guards who has been placed there to ensure that Jesus remained in the tomb beyond the three days, were so afraid that they became like dead men in contrast to Jesus.  

The Angel speaking to the women, reassures them, Don’t be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen and he invites them to see, the place where Jesus’ body had been laid. Then he sends them to go and tell the disciples who are to make their way to Galilee and Jesus will meet them there.  

The women were witnesses that the tomb was empty. No wonder they were both afraid and yet filled with joy as they ran to pass on the news. Whilst on their way Jesus meets them, and their response is one of worship, clasping his feet, Matthew tells us. Now the women are witnesses that Jesus is alive. 

I love the fact that the first witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection were those who would have been considered unimportant in the society. Maybe the reason that they had been able to have remained with Jesus, was because they wouldn’t have been seen and gone unnoticed by the authorities and powers that be,  yet they remained close when all had fallen away and their close  presence meant they were the first witnesses.  

These are indeed uncertain and baffling times and the experience differs for each of us, whilst they are some people who are quite enjoying the difference, they are others for whom this is a stressful and damaging experience and I can’t imagine what it is like for those who have lost family members or friends, to this virus.  

The Resurrection story this morning reminds us that hope and love still remain, it is a reminder that Jesus is alive today and it is a reminder to stay close to Jesus, that we too may witness that he is alive and his kingdom remains present in this world.  

Alleluia, Christ is Risen  

He is risen indeed, Alleluia 

Prayer of Confession

When we have failed to recognise you as our Saviour
when we have failed to acknowledge you as our risen Lord,
when we have doubted that you are with us:
forgive us, and fill our hearts with joy.

When we have not shared your Good News
when we have been too concerned with ourselves
when we have not shared the joy of knowing you with others:
forgive us, and fill our hearts with joy.

When we have failed to bring hope to the hopeless,
when we have failed to bring joy to the joyless,
when we have failed to offer your grace to those who hurt us:
forgive us, and fill our hearts with joy.
Amen

© ROOTS for Churches Ltd (www.rootsontheweb.com) 2002-2020.
Reproduced with permission.

For the Younger Church Members

Witness

Prayers of Intercession

These are only a suggestion. Do create some space before the phrase ‘Jesus, Lord of life’ in order to prayer for the specific situations you are aware. Alternatively, take some time to pray silently or with your household. 


Jesus, light of the world, 
bring the light and peace of your gospel to the nations … 
Jesus, Lord of life, 
in your mercy, hear us. 

Jesus, bread of life, 
give food to the hungry … 
and nourish us all with your word. 
Jesus, Lord of life, 
in your mercy, hear us. 

Jesus, our way, our truth, our life,
be with us and all who follow you in the way … 
Deepen our appreciation of your truth 
and fill us with your life. 
Jesus, Lord of life, 
in your mercy, hear us. 

Jesus, Good Shepherd who gave your life for the sheep, 
recover the straggler, 
bind up the injured, 
strengthen the sick 
and lead the healthy and strong to new pastures. 
Jesus, Lord of life, 
in your mercy, hear us. 

Jesus, the resurrection and the life, 
we give you thanks for all who have lived and believed in you … 
Raise us with them to eternal life. 
Jesus, Lord of life, 
in your mercy, hear us, 

accept our prayers, and be with us always. 

Amen. 

Act of commissioning

Those who are baptized are called to worship and serve God.

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
With the help of God, I will.

Will you persevere in resisting evil,
and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
With the help of God, I will.

Will you proclaim by word and example
the good news of God in Christ?
With the help of God, I will.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all people,
loving your neighbour as yourself?
With the help of God, I will.

Will you acknowledge Christ’s authority over human society,
by prayer for the world and its leaders,
by defending the weak, and by seeking peace and justice?
With the help of God, I will.

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith,
that you may be rooted and grounded in love
and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.

Amen.

Communion (to watch if you wish)

NB: Permission for the priest to preside at home alone. (Coronavirus Ad Clerum 24/03/2019) 

I’ve been undecided this week as to whether to celebrate communion or not on this Easter Sunday morning. The act of communion is a corporate act, one that happens when we are gathered together. The Eucharistic Prayer is prayed by the people alongside the priest and so on one hand it doesn’t seem right to complete this without your presence.  

Yet when I started to consider the practicalities, I realised that I didn’t have the proper implements, pattern or chalice. So as I thought about household replacements, a plate for the pattern and a wine glass for a chalice, I was reminded of the passage in 2 Cor 4, Treasures in Jars of clay, I thought about that image of being a cracked vessel that exposes God’s light from the cracks and imperfections. I thought about those  ordinary and everyday items, a wine glass and a plate being used for a special act and it reminded me of the body of Christ, and how God works with humanity in amazing ways for his presence and kingdom to be revealed.  

So I have chosen to celebrate, knowing that as I do so, I will be joined by the community, by each of you that choose to watch this video. I am sorry that I cannot physically participate in this experience with you, but I do encourage you, that at your next meal to read an account of the Lord’s Supper, in either Matthew 26:26-29 or 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 or alternatively to remember the words of Jesus and re-tell the story in your own words, and so remember Jesus’ actions as you eat.  

Prayer of Preparation

Risen Lord Jesus Christ,  
We believe you, and all we have heard is true.  
When you break bread 
May we recognise you as the fire that burns within us,  
That we may bring light to your world.  

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you 
All   and also 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. 

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, 
always and everywhere to give you thanks, 
almighty and eternal Father,
and in these days of Easter 
to celebrate with joyful hearts 
the memory of your wonderful works. 
For by the mystery of his passion 
Jesus Christ, your risen Son,
has conquered the powers of death and hell 
and restored in men and women the image of your glory. 
He has placed them once more in paradise 
and opened to them the gate of life eternal. 
And so, in the joy of this Passover,
earth and heaven resound with gladness, 
while angels and
archangels and the powers of all creation
 
sing for ever the hymn of your glory. 

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.] 

We praise and bless you, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and as we obey his command,
send your Holy Spirit,
that broken bread and wine outpoured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends
and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.
Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross.
Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
we proclaim his death and resurrection
until he comes in glory.

[Jesus Christ is Lord:]
All Lord, by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world.

Lord of all life,
help us to work together for that day
when your kingdom comes
and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people,
gather us in your loving arms
and bring us with all the saints
to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,
for ever and ever.
All Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
All 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.

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.

God’s holy gifts
for God’s holy people.
All Jesus Christ is holy,
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Prayer after Communion

God of Life,
who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son
to the death of the cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
have delivered us from the power of our enemy:
grant us so to die daily to sin,that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Community

The community of S17 has drawn together during these unusual times in a very special way. This is reflected in the great work of the S17 COVID-19 Community Support group.

The group aims to support those in the community who may be in need and to provide a support network to the S17 community at this time.

“If there are needy people in our community let’s ensure we help them out with things like bringing shopping to their door.”

The Wardens of All Saints Totley have been producing regular newsletters with helpful links, thoughts and resources. The latest of these is here.

We have also started to add resources for the younger members of our church, to add to this virtual service. They can be found here, and here.

Blessing and Dismissal

May Christ,
Who out of defeat brings new hope and a new future,
Fill you with his new life
And the blessing of God almighty,
Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

With the risen life of Christ within you,
Go in the peace of Christ, Alleluia, Alleluia,
Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia