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The Revd Philip Cochrane
The Revd Philip Cochrane
Sunday, April 4, 2021
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EASTER SUNDAY CELEBRATION
April 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Simultaneously aired at: stpaulsanglican.bc.ca/live | Facebook | YouTube


BEFORE THE SERVICE

Welcome to our Online Service.

In preparation, you may want to think about posture and your environment at home. You may find it helpful to light a candle, place or hold a cross…whatever is helpful.


GATHERING THE COMMUNITY

HYMN “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” CP 203

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!

But the pains which He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation hath procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He's king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!


THE GREETING

Celebrant   Alleluia! Christ is risen.
All   The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Celebrant   May God’s grace and peace be with you.
All   May God fill our hearts with joy

 

COLLECT FOR THE DAY

Celebrant   Let us pray.

The community prays in silence.

Celebrant   Lord of life and power,
through the mighty resurrection of your Son,
you have overcome the old order of sin and death
and have made all things new in him.
May we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ, reign with him in glory,
who with you and the Holy Spirit is alive, one God, now and for ever.
All   Amen.


THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD


FIRST READING 

Reader   A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. ISAIAH 25:6-9

Reader   Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
All   Thanks be to God.

 

 

SECOND READING 

Reader A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS

Then Peter began to speak to the Gentiles: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ - he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." ACTS 10:34-43

Reader   Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
All   Thanks be to God.


THE GOSPEL 

Reader   +The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
All   Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Reader   The Gospel of Christ.
All   Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him."

Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.

Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.

They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher).

Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my god and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her. JOHN 20:1-18

Reader   The Gospel of Christ.
All   Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


SERMON


THE NICENE CREED

Celebrant   Let us confess our faith, as we say,
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 made,
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. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped 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.


THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 


HYMN “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” CP 425

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!


All thy works with joy surround thee,
earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee,
centre of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain,
flowery meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain,
call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever blest,
well-spring of the joy of living,
ocean depth of happy rest!

Thou our Father, Christ our brother,
all who live in love are thine;
teach us how to love each other,
lift us to the joy divine.


THE PEACE

The Celebrant may use some appropriate introductory words.

Celebrant   The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All   And also with you.


CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST

The Table is prepared.


PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

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Celebrant   Let us pray

The community prays in silence.

Celebrant God our strength and salvation,
receive all we offer you this day,
and grant that we who have confessed your name,
and received new life in baptism,
may live in the joy of the resurrection, through Jesus Christ the Lord.
All   Amen.


THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

Celebrant   The Lord be with you.
All   And also with you.

Celebrant   Lift up your hearts.
All   We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All   It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant   It is indeed right to thank you and praise you,
holy and gracious God,
creator of all things,
ruler of heaven and earth, sustainer of life,
for you are the source of all goodness,
rich in mercy and abounding in love;
you are faithful to your people in every generation,
and your word endures for ever.

Therefore with angels and archangels,
with the fellowship of saints
and the company of heaven,
we glorify your holy name,
evermore praising you and saying,

 


SANCTUS (text: the words in brackets represent a sung echo):

Holy (holy),  Holy (holy),    
Holy Lord God of power and might.       Heaven (heaven), Earth (earth),                                                                           

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. (Hosanna in the highest).          
Hosanna in the highest. (Hosanna in the highest).  

Blessed (blessed), Blessed (blessed)
Is the one that comes in the name of the Lord.

Blessed (blessed), Blessed (blessed)
Is the one that come in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest. (Hosanna in the highest).            
Hosanna in the highest.   (Hosanna in the highest)

Celebrant   We praise you, merciful Father,
not as we ought, but as we are able,
because in your tender love
you gave the world your only Son,
in order that the world might be saved through him.
He made you known by taking the form of a servant,
healing the sick, liberating the oppressed,
reaching out to the lost.
Betrayed, reviled, and nailed to the cross,
he confronted the power of sin
and disarmed it for ever.

In his offering of himself,
he became the perfect and sufficient sacrifice
for the sins of the whole world.
Redeemed by Christ,
we have been adopted as your children;
by your pardon you have made us worthy to praise you.

 

On the night he was betrayed,
Jesus, at supper with his friends,
took bread, gave you thanks, broke the bread,
gave it to them, and said, “Take and eat:
this is my body which is given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine,
and when he had given thanks,
he 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.

Whenever you drink it,
do this for the remembrance of me.”
In obedience to him and with grateful hearts
we approach your holy table,
remembering our Saviour’s sacrifice,
and rejoicing in his victory.

Confident in his sovereign purpose,
we declare our faith.
All   Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

Celebrant   Send your Holy Spirit on us
that as we receive this bread and this cup
we may partake of the body and blood
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and feed on him in our hearts
by faith with thanksgiving.

May we be renewed in his risen life,
filled with love,
and strengthened in our will to serve others;
and make of our lives, we pray,
a pure and holy sacrifice, acceptable to you,
knitting us together as one in your Son Jesus Christ,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be all honour and glory, now and forever.
All   Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Celebrant   In times of hope, in times of trouble,
in times of sorrow, in times of praise,
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.
Save us from the time of trial,
And deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,
And the glory are yours,
Now and forever. Amen.


THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated bread.

 

THE INVITATION
 
Celebrant      He whose table was open to all.                       
Is now present in this bread.
He whose word welcomed friend and stranger
Offers friendship through this cup.

All        With people everywhere we affirm
God’s goodness at the heart of humanity,
planted more deeply than all that is wrong.
 
Celebrant   The gifts of God for the people of God
All    Thanks be to God.


THE COMMUNION

This prayer may be helpful as we celebrate communion spiritually at this time of physical separation.

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me.

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.

O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.


THE POST COMMUNION PRAYER

Celebrant   Let us pray.

The community prays in silence.

Celebrant   God of life,
All    bring us to the glory of the resurrection
promised in this Easter sacrament.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord. Amen.


Celebrant   Glory to God,
All   whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


HYMN “Yours Be the Glory, Risen, Conquering Son” CP 210

Yours be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory over death you've won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes, where your body lay.

Refrain: Yours be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory over death you've won.

See, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for the Lord is living, death has lost its sting. [Refrain]

No more we doubt you, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without you: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors through your deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to your home above. [Refrain]

 

THE BLESSING

Celebrant   Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
All   He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Celebrant   God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead, strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life; and the blessing of God the Creator, Redeemer and Giver of Life be among you, and remain with you always. 
All   Amen.

Celebrant   Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia!
All   In the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!


A SIMPLE SONG (From Mass) by Leonard Bernstein
 
Sing God a simple song
Lau da lau de

Make it up, as you go along
Lau da lau de
Sing, like you like to sing
God loves all simple things
For God, is the simplest of all

For God, is the simplest of all
I will sing the Lord a new song

To praise him, to bless
him, to bless the Lord
I will sing his praises, while I live
All of my days

Blessed is the man who loves the lord
Blessed is the man who praises him
Lau da lau da lau de
And walks in his way

I will lift up my eyes
To the hills from whence comes my help
I will lift my voice to the Lord
Singing lau da lau de

For the lord, is my shade
Is the shade upon my right hand
And the sun shall not smite me by day
For the Lord my knight

Blessed is the man who loves the Lord
Lau da lau da lau de
And walks in his name

Lau da lau da lau de
Lau da lau da di da di de-eh-eh
All of my days