Year III: Week 1 of Easter

Easter Sunday: Morning Prayer

ABOUT TODAY

FEAST: Easter Sunday: Today marks the end of the season of Lent and the beginning of the season of Eastertide. Easter is the annual celebration of the resurrection of the Lord, and has been observed from the earliest days of the church. In the Jewish calendar, Jesus died during the Passover Feast, and the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost, 50 days later. The church follows this sequence of events, with the season of Eastertide occupying the 50 days between the two great festivals.

Like all major feasts, today we use the longer Nicene Creed in place of the shorter Apostles Creed.


CALL TO WORSHIP

Reader:
Lord, Open my lips.
All:
And my mouth will give you praise.

Reader:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
All:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


INVITATORY PSALM:

Psalm 100 (Jubilate Deo)

All:

A Song of Praise for the Lord’s Faithfulness to His People
A Psalm of Thanksgiving.

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

All:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


MORNING PSALM

Psalm 34

The Happiness of Those Who Trust in God
A Psalm of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.

I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

All:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


WORSHIP

All:
(A time of worship and thanksgiving, led or spontaneous. Alternatively a devotional song may be played and listened to.)


PRAYER & INTERCESSION

Reader:
Let us pray for the day and its tasks, for the church and her life, and for the world and its needs.

(You may use these prayers as written or use them as ‘prayer pointers’ for your own spontaneous petitions.

Personal Requests

  • Almighty God, today we celebrate your Resurrection and an empty tomb! Death where is your sting? Grave where is your victory?
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!
  • Today we celebrate a life that couldn’t be quenched and a light that couldn’t be extinguished!
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!
  • Today we celebrate a battle won and a victory accomplished!
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!
  • Today we celebrate a greater Exodus, a greater deliverance, a greater Covenant and a greater Saviour!
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!

Family & Friends

  • Father of all, may our friends and family experience the hope we profess, and this season be one of fruitful evangelism amongst those we love. Open our lips to declare with the first disciples…
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!
  • Open our hearts to those who remain in slavery to sin, self and Satan. May they hear the joyful sound…
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!
  • Open our homes to the homeless and our lives to the loveless that they may know the reason we cry…
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!

The Church

  • Lord Jesus, you conquered death and led captivity captive in order that your Bride may always be by your side. We delight in your love for us, and exult our Lord, our King and our Bridegroom..
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!
  • Let resurrection life and power fill your Body. May Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox unite in worship, and with one voice declare the wonders of our God!
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!
  • Let resurrection hope bring courage to the persecuted church. May she be delivered from her oppressors and kept in all her trials.
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!
  • Let resurrection joy sweep away the clouds of sin and shame. May your people rise with renewed strength to testify to your victory.
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!

The World

  • Lord Jesus, you said that if you be lifted up that you would draw all people to you. Bring in the harvest! Empower Evangelists, Apostles and Missionaries to speak your word with boldness as they declare…
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!
  • Send revival to the nations of the earth. Shake your church and save the world! Wake us from our sleep with the shout…
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!
  • May our land thrill again to the gospel. Make us men and women of God, prophets to the nation and lovers of the people. May our lives tell out the old, old story
    – Christ is Risen from the dead!


THE LORD’S
PRAYER

Reader:
And so we pray…

All:
Our Father in heaven,
Holy is Your Name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.


GOSPEL READING

Matthew 28:1-10

The Resurrection

Now after the Sabbath, towards the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Reader:
The Word of the Lord.
All:
Thanks be to God.


Pause for Reflection…

READING: THE WAY OF CHRIST (Optional)

Principle of discipleship drawn from the book, “The Way of Christ”

Reader:
The Way of Humility: The Principle of Self Denial.

Remembering that Christ himself taught that we should, “deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow”, I gladly embrace a life of self-denial. As a follower of the Way of Humility, I determine to live in such a way that is an imitation of Christ; denying all selfish, inordinate and unhealthy desires of the body and mind in order that the life of Christ may be truly known.

All:
This is The Way of Humility: The Principle of Self Denial.


Pause for Reflection…


THE NICENE CREED

Reader:
And so we make our declaration of faith…

All:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
Of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
The only Son of God,
Eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
True God from true God,
Begotten, not created,
Of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation,
He came down from heaven:
By the power of the Holy Spirit,
He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
And was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again,
In accordance with the Scriptures;
He ascended into heaven,
And is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
And his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
And the life of the world to come. Amen.


COLLECT

Reader:
(Either this or an alternative closing prayer may be said.)

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,
May reign with Christ in glory;
To whom with you and the Holy Spirit
Be praise and honour, glory and might,
Now and throughout all eternity. Amen


BLESSING

Reader:
(When praying in community, this or a similar blessing may be used)

And may God the Son,
Who burst from the grave in glorious victory,
Give you joy as you share the Resurrection Story. Amen


Psalms taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Other Scripture taken from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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