Year V: 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

A psalm of David, regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away.

I will praise the Lord at all times.
    I will constantly speak his praises.
I will boast only in the Lord;
    let all who are helpless take heart.
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
    let us exalt his name together.

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
    He freed me from all my fears.
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
    no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
    he saved me from all my troubles.
For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
    he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
    Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
Fear the Lord, you his godly people,
    for those who fear him will have all they need.
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
    but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

Come, my children, and listen to me,
    and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
Does anyone want to live a life
    that is long and prosperous?
Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
    and your lips from telling lies!
Turn away from evil and do good.
    Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;
    his ears are open to their cries for help.
But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil;
    he will erase their memory from the earth.
The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
    He rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
    he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

The righteous person faces many troubles,
    but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;
    not one of them is broken!

Calamity will surely destroy the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.
    No one who takes refuge in him will 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 steadfast love of the Lord never ceases and your mercies never come to an end! We ask you Jesus, in your mercy, to heal those who are sick with the Coronavirus today!
             – 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

Luke 24:1-12

Jesus Rises from the Dead

Very early on the first day of the week, at dawn, the women came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the entrance of the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, two men in shining clothes suddenly stood beside them. The women were very afraid and bowed their heads to the ground. The men said to them, “Why are you looking for a living person in this place for the dead? He is not here; he has risen from the dead. Do you remember what he told you in Galilee? He said the Son of Man must be handed over to sinful people, be crucified, and rise from the dead on the third day.” Then the women remembered what Jesus had said.

The women left the tomb and told all these things to the eleven apostles and the other followers. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and some other women who told the apostles everything that had happened at the tomb. But they did not believe the women, because it sounded like nonsense. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Bending down and looking in, he saw only the cloth that Jesus’ body had been wrapped in. Peter went away to his home, wondering about what had happened.

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 Joy: The Principle of Encouragement.

Mindful that God has “made all things richly to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17), I choose a life-affirming attitude that encourages, celebrates and blesses all that is noble in life. As a follower of the Way of Joy, I celebrate all that is good in others and take pleasure in the happiness of those around me.

All:
This is The Way of Joy: The Principle of Encouragement.


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 in Bold – Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved

All other Psalms – Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

All other Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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