eChurch #4

Just over 60 connections were made to our Zoom service, with new faces in the town joining us, WRBC church family joining us from around the country, and even friends of the church connecting from Florida (where it was 5.30am!) and Nova Scotia - Welcome!

The stone is rolled to seal the grave, the soldiers stand to guard the door; the years of hope, the hearts of faith, cold as the tomb, dead as their Lord.

The tears of anger and regret, the cock has crowed, the traitor fled; disciples frightened and confused, where once was peace, now only dread.

Where can they go, where can they run? His words were true, eternal life; yet even Christ has felt death’s sting, sin’s curse extinguishing love’s light.

We stand with them, with the bereaved, stand with the broken, torn and bruised; we hold our doubts, our tears, our pain, and, by our nails, hold to the truth.

There is a sun we cannot see, a resurrection yet to dawn,

a hope that holds us through the night, a path that leads to Easter morn.

We began our Easter Sunday worship with this song called The Stone, and included some footage taken in the church reconstructing the walk of the women early on that first day of the week, and discovering the empty tomb and the “angelic message”:Jesus is not here, He is risen, He is alive!

Song See what a morning read by Stephen & Heather

Sing! Low in the grave he lay

Prayers of praise Almighty God, with joy and praise, with awe and wonder, with gladness and celebration We bring our Easter worship!

We lift up our hearts, we lift up our thoughts, we lift up our voices, we lift up our souls We recognise afresh all you have done for us in Jesus Christ!

The Good News at the heart of our faith, light after darkness, joy after sorrow, good after evil, life after death! How we rejoice in the messages of this wonderful day!

Almighty God, through all we read and hear, through all we see and share, through all we do Speak to us again this day, meet with us again this day!

May the truth of the resurrection inspire us with new hope! May the victory of Christ’s rising fill us with new joy! May the reality of his living presence enhance and enrich our faith anew!

So may we worship you with glad hearts, and may we serve one another, and the world, with new love! To the glory of your name, Jesus; to the glory of your name, Jesus.

Almighty God, with joy and praise, with awe and wonder, with gladness and celebration