Easter 2 2020 

  

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THE GATHERING
We light our candles

Alleluia, Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

Hymn Jesus Christ is Risen Today! 

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


OPENING PRAYER 
Risen Lord Jesus,
as Mary Magdalene met you in the garden
on the morning of your resurrection,
so may we meet you today and every day:
speak to us as you spoke to her;
reveal yourself as the living Lord;
renew our hope and kindle our joy;
and send us to share the good news with others. Amen.

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE
Like Mary at the empty tomb,
we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence
Lord have mercy

Lord have mercy

Like the disciples behind locked doors,
we are afraid to be seen as your followers
Christ have mercy

Christ have mercy

Like Thomas in the upper room,
we are slow to believe
Lord have mercy

Lord have mercy

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE COLLECT 
Risen Christ,
for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the doors of our hearts,
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise of God the Father.

THE GOSPEL READING 
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you, O Lord. (John 20:19-end)

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.21Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’
26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 27Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ 28Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
 
REFLECTION
 
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AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, he was buried, he was raised to life on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles: this we have received, and this we believe. Amen

INTERCESSIONS
Lord Jesus,
today we remember that you came to the disciples
when they were hiding in the upper room,
afraid to face the world.
 
We pray for those who lock themselves away,
unable to face the world in these troubled times:
 
We pray for those who lock themselves away
because they have been hurt by experiences.
 
We pray for those who lock themselves away
because they feel weak or useless.
 
We pray for those who lock themselves away
because they are different.
 
We pray for those who lock themselves away
because they have dangerous enemies.
 
We pray for those who lock themselves away
because they have done wrong
and cannot bear to face the consequences.
 
We pray for those who lock themselves away
and have lost someone they love
and see no way to face the world without them.
 
We pray for those who lock themselves away
and have lost hope.

We are finding that we are locked away, hidden in our homes,
during this period of social distancing

 
So we pray for those who are in hospitals, unable to be visited 
And facing fear, challenging treatment or even death
alone in alien surroundings.
We pray for their loved ones longing to be at their side.
 
We pray for key workers distanced from their families 
and facing mortal danger every day.
 
We pray for those in other countries,
especially those denied the resources we have,
where washing hands and social distancing are not an option 
and adequate hospitalisation an unlikely dream.
Help us to see that we are one world suffering together, searching for relief, give us the generosity to share our ideas and resources both as individuals and as a nation.
 
We are locked away, isolated in our homes
so we pray for ourselves too. 
And we pray for those who have no choice
but to face pain and hardship, loneliness and isolation —
wherever they may be.
 
We give thanks for the precious gift of modern communications,
Help us to use the opportunity to reach out to others near and far
Give us a lasting vision of the richness of community, humanity, encounter and selfless compassion.
 
Lord of the upper room,
be present in the minds of those who need your presence -
be their light,
their friend,
their defender
and their hope.
We ask it in your name.
Adapted from a prayer by Roddy Cowie, of the Iona Community,
LLM C of I and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Queen’s, Belfast.

The Lord's Prayer
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.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.


THE PEACE

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, “Peace be with you.” 
Then they were glad when they saw the Lord.  
 
Share a sign of peace with those in your household.
If you are alone, picture your friends and loved ones and pray for God’s peace to rest upon them

 
Song: Listen to the words - Peace be with you.
CCL# 7066092 © Joel Payne / RESOUNDworship.org, RESOUNDworship.org, Administered by Jubilate Hymns Ltd - copyrightmanager@jubilatehymns.co.uk


Conclusion

All our problems
we send to the cross of Christ.
All our difficulties
we send to the cross of Christ.
All our fears
we send to the cross of Christ.
All our hopes
we set on the risen Christ.
 
May Christ, who out of defeat brings new hope and a new future, 
fill you with his new life;

and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
 
Christ is risen: He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
 
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore, Amen.
 

 
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This order of service includes material from:
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, and Times and Seasons which is copyright © The Archbishops Council 2000

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