Easter Sunday, 17th April 10.30 am Order of Service

WELCOME

Hymn 285 Jesus Christ is risen today

1.

Jesus Christ is ris’n today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

2.

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!

Unto Christ, our heav’nly King, Alleluia!

Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!

Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

3.

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!

Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!

Now he reigns above as King, Alleluia!

Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

4.

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!

Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!

One true God by all confessed, Alleluia!

Father, Son, and Spirit blest. Alleluia!

PRAYERS

READING 1 John 20:1-10

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Heart Monitor;

Brain;

Blowing Dandelion

Speech Bubbles;

People jumping

TALK 1 SIGNS OF LIFE

How do you know that you are alive? What are some signs of life in a person? [Heart is beating; Brain activity; Breathing; Talking; Moving].

Jesus was buried in a tomb and soldiers were left guarding it to make sure that no-one could steal the body.

Once the Sabbath was over, a group of women including Mary Magdalene, got to work preparing spices and perfume to put on Jesus’ dead body. Then early Sunday morning, they went to the tomb where they had seen Jesus’ body buried. They hoped that there would be someone there to help them roll the stone covering the entrance away.

When the women arrived at the tomb, they were stunned.

The guards had gone. The stone had been rolled away. And the body was missing.

These things were all signs of life.

What did Mary Magdalene do?

“She came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” (John 20:2)

Simon Peter and John (who was the other disciple) ran to the tomb, and they saw what Mary Magdalene and the other women had seen.

They wondered what had happened to the body.

Had the body been stolen? No. The guards were there to stop that from happened.

Did Mary Magdalene and the other women go to the wrong tomb? No. They had seen where Jesus was buried.

Did Jesus really die? Yes. Roman soldiers were experts in killing people and had made sure that Jesus was dead by thrusting a spearing into his side.

So what had happened to Jesus’ body?

Had He done what He said He was going to do? Had He risen from the dead on the third day? How would we know?

READING John 20:11-18

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Sound Effects:

Boris Johnson; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zHURhs0DbM

Queen Elizabeth II; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alY46lqTwtM

David Beckham; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwr3Mn-aaDk

Elsa & Anna & Christof & Olaf (from Frozen); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-T7k9JgIVE

TALK 2 GUESS THE GARDENER

We’re going to play a game called ‘Guess the Gardener’. Listen to the following gardener’s voices and see if you tell me who they are, by recognising their voices. [Boris Johnson; Queen Elizabeth II; David Beckham; Elsa, Anna, Christof and Olaf].

After the women (and the two disciples) had visited the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid, Mary Magdalene stayed behind.

She was upset. She thought that someone had stolen the body.

As she turns from the tomb, she sees in front of her a man she guesses was the gardener who asked her why she was crying.

“Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her “Mary.” She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic “Teacher”. (John 20:15-16)

The gardener was actually Jesus. Jesus risen from the dead.

Here was the evidence that Jesus really was alive.

The body hadn’t been carried away and hidden – it was standing right in front of her. And when Jesus spoke ‘Mary’, she recognised His voice.

Mary was so happy.

She clung onto Jesus. But Jesus told her not to do that, but instead to go and tell the disciples that He was alive.

So Mary did as He said. She told the disciples that she had seen Jesus. That He had risen from the dead.

But will the disciples believe that Jesus really was alive?

HYMN 596 When I survey the wondrous cross

  1. When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.
  1. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
    Save in the death of Christ my God!
    All the vain things that charm me most,
    I sacrifice them to His blood.
  1. See from His head, His hands, His feet,
    Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
    Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
  1. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were a present far too small;
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.

John 20:19-29

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Flags of:

France,

Germany,

Spain,

Australia,

Japan,

Kenya,

South Africa,

England,

Israel.

TALK 3 HELLO

When we greet someone, we say “Hello” to them. But if we were in another country, we would say something different.

Can you tell me what country you would say the following in: Bonjour (France); Guten Tag (Germany); Hola (Spain); G’Day (Australia); Konnichi Wa (Japan); Jambo (Kenya); Sawubona (South Africa); God Dæg (England – Anglo-Saxon); Shalom (Israel).

Shalom means peace, and it is what Jesus would have said when he greeted people. There was an occasion when He did this and gave a group of people a big surprise by doing so.

Jesus’ disciples were in a locked room. They were afraid that what had happened to Jesus, might happen to them. Suddenly Jesus appeared in that room and said “Shalom” or “Hello”. Wasn’t Jesus supposed to be dead?

The disciples wondered was it really Him, How would they know? Mary recognised Jesus’ voice. But this wasn’t the way they would tell. Jesus showed them His hands. What would be different about Jesus’ hands? (They would have the nail marks in them).

But one of the disciples was missing on that day. Thomas. When he turned up, Jesus had gone. The 10 disciples said to him, “We’ve seen Jesus” but Thomas did not believe them.

“Unless I see the nail makes in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” (John 20:25).

Jesus appeared to them again 1 week later. Thomas saw Jesus and believed. He believed that Jesus really did rise from the dead and that He was God’s Son.

Because the disciples, along with a number of other people were eyewitnesses who saw Jesus alive, we can be sure that Jesus is really alive too.

What are the disciples going to do with this news that Jesus is alive?

HYMN 3 551 Thine be the glory

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry 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, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb.
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let His church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.
Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life!!
Life is nought without Thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conqu’rors, through Thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.
Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.

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