Easter Sunday – April 17th 2022

Welcome

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ. 

Amen.

 

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
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.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Worship

Invitation to Confession

Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.
Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil
and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.

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.

 

Almighty God,
Who forgives all who truly repent, 
Have mercy upon us,
Pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
Confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
And keep us in life eternal;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord 

Amen

Collect 

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

Word

Jesus Has Risen

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

Luke
24:1-12

Reflection

2022 04 17 Easter Sunday Reflection

 

Alleulia, Christ is risen 

He is risen indeed Alleluia

 

I wonder what emotions you are experiencing at the moment. Personally I love the liturgy of Holy Week as we journey from Palm Sunday to Easter morning, and as I have reflected on this, I have been struck by the moods the liturgy goes through. This is summarised in the illustration on our screens. 

There is the excitement of Palm Sunday, with the shouts of Hosanna and palm waving as Jesus enters into Jerusalem. There is the confusion of Maundy Thursday as the traditional celebration becomes anything but _ as Jesus washes their feet, announces his betrayal and is subsequently arrested that evening. There is the despair of Good Friday as we remember the violence, pain and humilation Jesus was subjected to prior to his death on the cross. There is the emptiness of Easter Saturday and then on Easter Sunday there is the joy of the resurrection and our Alleluia’s which have been missing for the past six weeks make an abrupt and joyous return as we loudly proclaim: 

 

Alleulia, Christ is risen 

He is risen indeed Alleluia

 

But as I prepared for this morning by reading our gospel reading, I noticed that the emotions within the text are anything but joyous… 

In verse 1 we read that the women are on the way to the tomb, the spices had been prepared on the Friday but the arrival of the sabbath meant that this was their first opportunity to anoint Jesus body, and whilst the text does document the emotions, I imagine that they would have been more than likely subdued and grieving for the loss of their teacher, master and friend. 

In verse 4, the women are surprised and confused when they realise that the stone has been rolled away and Jesus body is not in the tomb. 

In verse 5 Luke records, There is fear/ terror as the men in dazzling clothes appear and remind the women of Jesus’s words and in doing so encourage them to make the connection for themselves between what Jesus had said and what they are now experiencing. 

 

Having made the connection,  they return to the disciples to tell of what they have found only to be met  with disbelief  and even once Peter has run to the tomb and returned he too is confused. 

At this point in Lukes account all the women and the disciples have are a missing body, some abandoned grave clothes and the claim from two strangers that he is risen. And the emotions are anything but joyous. 

 

It is only as Luke’s account develops, as the disciples encounter Jesus on the Road to Emmaus and is made known in the breaking of bread, as Jesus appears to the disciples in the locked room, is the enormity of what has happened revealed,  Jesus is risen from the dead. It is these revelations that the joy of the resurrection is found. 

 

2000 years on, as we annually remember the story of Jesus passion, we seem to routinely move throught the roller coaster of this week, taking a huge dip after the excitement of Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, straight back into being joyful, on Easter Sunday, celebrating all that was accomplished by Jesus’ death. And of course we can do that, because we have the benefit of hindsight, we know the story and we have made the connections for ourselves, but perhaps what this means is that we go straight to the joy without remembering or acknowledging that the experience was disconcerting, strange and unexpected. 

 

As I have pondered this, I have wondered if this it what it might be like for the people we meet on our frontlines wherever these may be. When we tell our stories of what God has done, what do people hear? How do they receive this? Could there be perhaps a sense of unbelief, of disinterest, Perhaps an acknowledgement  that it is important to you but they have their own thoughts and opinions on the matter, which they may or may not be willing to share. And funnily enough, I have experienced all of this in my workplace this week.  In fact it has been an acute reminder of the journey of faith that we all go on and that we can’t expect people to be where we are. Instead we need to meet them where they are and sometimes we need to hold back, perhaps remain silent so that we give God the space to reveal himself and most of all we need to trust that eventually there will be joy, whether we’re around to see it or  not.  

 

As we celebrate this morning, let us look back on the events of our lives and be thankful for what God has done, for what God is doing and for what God will bring into being, but let us also remember that this is not the case for all and that they may need to go through the process of disbelief and confusion until God has revealed himself to them sufficiently. But as we walk alongside, let us pray that God will help us to discern where those around us are and pray that they might see him at work and come to the place of joy. 

 

Amen. 

Witness

God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen us to walk with him in his risen life;
and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the
 Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always

 

Amen

“He is not here he is risen” said the angels in the tomb so
With the power that raised Jesus from the dead at work within you,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.
In the name of Christ. Amen. Alleluia, alleluia.

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.

Reminder

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