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When:
April 12, 2020 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am
2020-04-12T06:00:00+01:00
2020-04-12T07:00:00+01:00

A MORNING ORDER OF SERVICE Easter at Dawn


Everyone sits in ‘darkness’ (no lights on)

Liturgy of Light:
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Grace and peace to us from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.
The Lord be with you
And also with you.

Prayer:
Let us pray.
Lord of all creation, we thank you for the gift of fire, through which you revealed your name to Moses, your presence to Israel in  the desert, and your Spirit to the church at Pentecost. Let this fire be a sign of your presence with us, so that, set aflame with the fire of your love, we may come to feast with you in eternal light; through Jesus Christ, our light and life.
Amen.

Preparation of the Candle:
The minister traces his finger over the cross in the paschal candle and says:
Christ, yesterday and today, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

The minister traces the four numbers 2-0-2-0 over the crossbar of the cross, and says:
All time belongs to him, and all the ages;
to him be glory and power, through every age and forever. Amen.

Lighting of the Candle:
The minister lights the paschal candle and says:
May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.

The worshippers may light their candles.

The light of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

Easter Proclamation:
Rejoice, all heavenly choirs of angels, and sing for joy; sound the trumpet of victory for our marvellous king. Rejoice, all the earth, shining with the radiance of Christ our eternal king; celebrate the dawn that banishes the darkness. Rejoice, mother church, clothed with the brightness of Christ, and let this house resound with the voices of many people.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord.
For that is fitting and right.
It is truly fitting and right, with heart and mind and voice, to praise the Father almighty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. He paid the debt of human sin, and freed us with his blood from our ancient bondage. Therefore, heavenly Father, we pray that, like this candle, the light of Christ may drive out all darkness from among us; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

The lights are switched on and the people’s candles extinguished. 

Song: Praise the One who breaks the darkness (849LSB)

1. Praise the One who breaks the darkness
with a liberating light;
Praise the One who frees the pris’ners,
turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the Gospel,
healing ev’ry dread disease,
calming storms, and feeding thousands
with the very Bread of peace.      

2. Praise the One who bless’d the children    
with a strong, yet gentle, word;
Praise the One who drove out demons
with the piercing, two-edged sword.
Praise the One who brings cool water
to the desert’s burning sand;
from this well comes living water,
quenching thirst in ev’ry land.


3. Let us praise the Word incarnate,
Christ, who suffered in our place;
Jesus died and rose victorious
that we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness,
seeing what our God has done;
Let us praise the true Redeemer,
praise the One who makes us one.

Words: Rusty Edwards (1955 –   )  Music: Beach Spring ‘The Sacred Harp’ Philadelphia, 1844. Public Domain CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209

Liturgy of the Word:
Introduction:
Friends in Christ: Hear the Word of God which recalls how he has saved his people since ancient times.

First Reading: Genesis 1:1–5, 26,27,31
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
(Silent meditation)

Let us pray.
Almighty God, as you created us wonderfully, and yet more wonderfully redeemed us through the sacrifice of our passover Lamb: Let us share the divine life of him who came to share our human life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Second Reading: Genesis 22:1,2,13,15–18
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
(Silent meditation)

Let us pray.
God, the Father of all the faithful, as you promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, and as you fulfilled that promise through the death and resurrection of your Son: Let us  obey your call and trust in the promise of your grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Third Reading: Exodus 14:15–31
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
(Silent meditation)
Let us pray.
Lord God, as you freed your people from slavery and led them through the Red Sea as a sign of baptism: Grant that all the peoples of the world may become children of Abraham and be given new birth by water and the Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Fourth Reading: Isaiah 55:1–11
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
(Silent meditation)

Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, as you have created all things by the power of your word, and as you bring us salvation through created things: Pour out your life-giving water and refresh those who thirst for you, so that they may produce abundant fruit; through Jesus Christ  our Lord.
Amen.

Song:        Now the green blade rises (15ATN)

1.  Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many days had lain;
Love lives again, that with dead has been:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

2. In the grave they laid him, Love whom men had slain,
Thinking that he’d never wake to life again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

3. Up he sprang at Easter, like the risen grain,
He who had for three days in the gravecloth lain;
Up from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

4. When our hearts are saddened, grieving, or in pain,
By your touch you call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love has come again, like wheat that springs up green.

John Macleod Campbell Crum 1872-1958 alt. © 1928 Oxford University Press  Tune: Nöel Nouvelet (French Carol) CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209

Confession of Baptismal Faith:
Baptismal Reading: Romans 6:3–11
L: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Let us pray.
Almighty and gracious God, as you have united us with the death of our Lord Jesus Christ through the waters of holy baptism, guide us as we live out the life he gained for us. Strengthen us in faith, so that we may triumph over the powers of darkness and reign with you in eternal light; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Renunciation and Confession:
Sisters and brothers in Christ: Do you renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways?
Yes, I do.
Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
Do you believe in God the Son?
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Do you intend to remain firm in this faith and reflect it in love to God and your neighbour?
Yes, I do.

God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given you new birth by water and the Spirit and has forgiven you all your sins, strengthen you with his Spirit, so that you receive eternal life.
Amen.

Song: We know that Christ is raised (603LSB)

1. We know that Christ is raised and dies no more.
Embraced by death, he broke its fearful hold;
And our despair he turned to blazing joy.
Alleluia!

2. We share by water in his saving death.
Reborn, we share with him as Easter life
As living members of a living Christ.
Alleluia!

3. The Father’s splendour clothes the Son with life.
The Spirit’s power shakes the Church of God.
Baptised, we live with God the Three in One.
Alleluia!

Text: John Geyer (1932 –  ), alt.  Music: Engelberg Charles Stanford (1852 – 1924) Public Domain. CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209

Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10
The holy Gospel is written in chapter 28th chapter of the Gospel according to St Matthew, beginning at verse 1.
Glory to you, O Lord.
(After the gospel is read)
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Address:
 
The Offering:
We can pause and thank God for all his gifts to us and then offer ourselves and what we have to him.
(Silence)
Gracious Father, we offer with joy and thanks what you have first given us –  ourselves, our time and our possessions –  as signs of your goodness and symbols of our love.  Accept them for the sake of Jesus Christ,  who offered himself for us. Amen.

Conclusion:
 
Song:
Sing praise to the Lord (96TIS)

1. Sing praise to the Lord, praise him in the height;
rejoice in his word, you angels of light;
all heaven adore him by whom you were made,
and worship before him in brightness arrayed.

2. Sing praise to the Lord, praise him upon earth,
in tuneful accord sing praise for new birth;
praise him who has brought you his grace from above,
praise him who has taught you to song of his love.

3. Sing praise to the Lord, all things that give sound;
each jubilant chord re-echo around;
loud organs, his glory tell forth in deep tone,
and sweet harp, the story of what he has done.


4. Sing praise to the Lord, thanksgiving and song
to him be outpoured all ages along;
for love in creation, for heaven restored,
for grace of salvation, sing praise to the Lord!

Words: Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877) alt. based on Psalm 148 and Psalm 150 Music: Laudate Dominum Charles Hubert Hastings Perry (1848 – 1918)

Blessing:

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favour and give you peace.
Amen.